Major news out of the Disney universe continues to hit the web like a hammer. The latest of those missives includes a Deadline report saying that dismissed director James Gunn will return to the Guardians of the Galaxy fold.
EXCLUSIVE: Redemption and second chances have long been superhero movie staples, and today it looks like life has imitated art. I’ve learned that Disney has reinstated James Gunn as the writer-director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and I’ve confirmed it with Marvel and Gunn’s camp.
The decision to rehire Gunn –he was fired last July by Disney after alt-right journalists made public a fusillade of decade-old social media missives… was one that was mulled and actually made months ago, following conversations with Disney studio leadership and the team at Marvel Studios. Why the change of heart? After the firing, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn met with Gunn on multiple occasions to discuss the situation. Persuaded by Gunn’s public apology and his handling of the situation after, Horn decided to reverse course and reinstate
Soon after the announcement of Gunn’s firing, fans circulated a petition urging Disney to reconsider. On October 31, a fan crowdfunded billboard went up in Anaheim, CA to rehire Gunn.
For his part, Gunn remained humble in his response to the report and expressed thanks for the support he’s received over the last few months.
Obviously, this is a developing story, and we’ll look for official reaction/comment from Disney and Marvel.