James Gunn Reacts To His Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Reinstatement

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Multiple reports confirm that Gunn is now officially back in the director's chair for this next installment in the comic book franchise - a huge reversal of Disney's decision that sparked a passionate outcry from Guardians cast members.

Gunn, who wrote and directed the first two Guardians of the Galaxy to great accolades, was sacked from the third film in July.

The "Guardians" cast came to his defense, with Dave Bautista being the most vocal; the wrestler-turned-actor went so far as to threaten to quit the franchise if Disney didn't rehire Gunn.

"I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months", Gunn tweeted.

In July, Disney, which owns Marvel Studios, cut ties with Gunn after Pizzagate conspiracy theorists Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec drew attention to tasteless tweets the filmmaker posted between 2008 and 2011.

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Neither Disney nor Marvel have released a timetable for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Although Gunn apologized and issued a statement saying, "I understand and accept the business decisions taken", there was nearly immediately a backlash on the director's behalf, with supporters claiming that the studio had overreacted and moved too precipitously to sever ties. "To be honest with you I don't know if I want to work for Disney", he said to Jonathan Ross at the time.

"'Eagle Snatches Kid' is what I call it when I get lucky", reads a tweet Gunn posted in 2012. "Love to you all". "At the end of the day, he was making jokes and he was being provocative and he was looking for that shock value, but they were just jokes". In the past, I have apologised for humour of mine that hurt people. During the months that Gunn had been pushed away from the sequel, he signed on to write a new Suicide Squad film for DC.

Guardians 3 was put on indefinite hold at the time, although the characters will appear in Avengers Endgame. Persuaded by Gunn's public apology and his handling of the situation after, and the rallying-around exhibited by the likes of stars Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, Horn chose to reverse course and reinstate Gunn.

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