Despite having been adamant that they would not go back on their decision to fire James Gunn amid controversy over old offensive tweets, Disney have in fact gone back on their decision, rehiring Gunn as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3.
After the firing last July, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, Alan Horn, met with Gunn on several occasions to discuss the situation. With the director’s public apology, as well as his handling of the situation, Horn decided to reverse the decision and reinstate Gunn.
The social media posts were indefensible, however the Guardians’ filmmaker only blamed himself and his poor judgement from the beginning. It was never reported that Gunn had engaged in any of the behavior he joked about, and given this and the fact that the tweets were exposed by alt-right supporters (Gunn has been a very vocal critic of President Trump) Disney seems to have decided that there isn’t enough to warrant the director’s permanent dismissal.
Of course, part of this decision could also have something to do with Gunn signing on to write and direct the Suicide Squad reboot for Warner Bros. and DC – which he will complete before beginning production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3, so don’t expect the third Guardians instalment any time soon.
Despite speculation that Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi and Vice’s Adam McKay were in the running to take over direction of Guardians 3, apparently Marvel Studios never met with or considered any other directors.
Gunn shared his thoughts on the decision on Twitter:
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 15, 2019
More on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 when we have it.