James Gunn had been fired from directing Guardians of the Galaxy 3 last July, as some of his past, offensive tweets came to light. Even though Gunn had apologised publicly for his tweets, Disney and Marvel Studios were in no mood to hire him back. Marvel fans created a huge outrage over the firing and continued to badger the studios to hire him back. Their requests have been now heard, as Disney has rehired James Gunn as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3, as per a report in Deadline. OMG! James Gunn Rehired by Disney-Marvel as Director for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3; Will Continue to Direct Suicide Squad 2.
Interestingly James Gunn has already been hired by rival studios Warner Bros and DC to make Suicide Squad 2, and the project is under development. While Gunn cannot back out of this project, Marvel will have to wait for him to finish Suicide Squad 2 first to start work on Guardians of Galaxy 3. Also contrary to some reports, Disney wasn't looking for other directors to take on GOTG franchise, including the hot favourite Taika Waitit (Thor: Ragnarok) and the Russo Brothers (Avengers: EndGame). Avengers: Endgame New Trailer: Tony Stark's Return From the Space and Captain Marvel's Inclusion in the Team Are Just Some of the Many Reasons To Make us Jump With Joy (Watch Video).
Ever since the news broke out, Marvel fans have been rejoicing over the rehiring of Gunn back in the Marvel franchise. Check out the Twitter reactions:
When you realize that James Gunn can now use Galactus, Silver Surfer, Annihilus, the Badoon, the Brood, and even the Starjammers in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3: pic.twitter.com/asgtFEQZ8u
— Jeremy Conrad (@ManaByte) March 15, 2019
How Disney got James Gunn back: pic.twitter.com/vqkAjdYZDT
— Comic Book Talk (@ComicBooksTalk) March 15, 2019
Glad James Gunn is back.
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYangVFA) March 15, 2019
internet: James Gunn won’t come back for GOTG 3, he’s doing Suicide Squad.
Kevin Feige: pic.twitter.com/ryiBWdU5CH
— Le Cinéphiles (@LeCinephiles) March 15, 2019
how I'm sleeping tonight knowing that James Gunn is back on the director's chair for Guardians 3 pic.twitter.com/zexcPgpNR4
— Groot #JAMESGUNNISBACK (@Guardian__Quill) March 15, 2019
James Gunn will return for Guardians of the Galaxy 3 per Disney. He will also continue to work on Suicide Squad 2
Honestly? Good. I thought the reason he was fired was incredibly dumb... pic.twitter.com/scbaTtp3Xm
— TRAFON (@RiseFallNick) March 15, 2019
Watching him stand by his friend was incredibly touching.
And now we all get GotG vol.3!
— Dantooine (@Danburden1138) March 15, 2019
So excited to see Suicide Guardians of the Galaxy squad by @JamesGunn
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) March 15, 2019
We are also waiting for Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in the GOTG franchise to react. Bautista has been the most vocal among the Marvel actors in his support to Gunn, after the latter was fired. Bautista even said that he may consider terminating his contract with Marvel after Avengers: EndGame, if Gunn is not taken back, and even tweeted out his desire to be a part of his Suicide Squad 2.