Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy fans now have a new reason to rejoice. Disney has rehired director James Gunn to helm Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
This unbelievable turn of events comes less than a year after he was fired by after his old homophobic tweets resurfaced. His firing was met with disdain by the Guardians actor’s who signed an open letter requesting Disney to rehire the director.
Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, threatened to leave the MCU if Gunn was not rehired.
Post his firing, MCU put the development of GotG 3 on hold and chose to focus on other projects in the meantime. Before his shooting, Gunn had reportedly shared the fact that GotG 3 was due to release in 2020. Marvel never commented on the release date but always said they were working on releasing the project at the earliest.
Post his firing from Disney, Gunn was hired by Warner Bros. to helm Suicide Squad 2. The sequel to the critically panned but commercially super-successful movie is touted to release in 2021. At the time Disney‘s decision was announced, he had already signed on Idris Elba to replace Will Smith as Deadshot.
The first Suicide Squad garnered close to $745 million at the box office. It also boasted of an all-star cast that boasted of Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Viola Davis, and Jared Leto.
His GotG I & II made $773 million and $863 million at the box office respectively. They were also the most liked Marvel movies of all time, right behind the Avengers.
Gunn said that he would help both the projects simultaneously but has refrained from commenting on which project will release first. Pundits were however quick to point out that Suicide Squad II will release first.