Guardians Of The Galaxy 3's James Gunn Fired By Disney After Old Tweets Surface

Guardians Vol. 3 will be directed by someone else.

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The tale of the misfits that comprise the Guardians of the Galaxy will see their trilogy concluded with someone other than James Gunn in the director's chair. Gunn, who served as the writer and director for the first two Guardians movies, has been fired by Disney. The news confirmed the news in the midst of San Diego Comic-Con 2018, where Marvel was not expected to have any major news. [Update: Guardians star Dave Bautista has come out in support of Gunn, as has actress Selma Blair. Subsequently, the core Guardians cast also did so.]

This move comes after old tweets of Gunn's surfaced online. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the controversial messages--which date back almost a decade--see the director joking about topics like pedophilia and rape.

Disney issues a statement confirming that it was parting ways with Gunn. Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said, "The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James' Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values, and we have severed our business relationship with him."

Gunn's tweets were resurfaced online by conservative website The Daily Caller. Gunn has since published a series of tweets on his Twitter account in which he does not deny authoring the messages. Instead, he attempts to apologize and explain the messages.

"Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I've developed as a person, so has my work and my humor. It's not to say I'm better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it's shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.

"In the past, I have apologized for humor of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies. For the record, when I made these shocking jokes, I wasn't living them out. I know this is a weird statement to make, and seems obvious, but, still, here I am, saying it. Anyway, that's the completely honest truth: I used to make a lot of offensive jokes. I don't anymore. I don't blame my past self for this, but I like myself more and feel like a more full human being and creator today. Love you to you all."

Gunn had teased that a new, non-Guardians project of his would be revealed at SDCC on Friday during the Sony Pictures panel. According to Variety, he's no longer expected to make an appearance at the panel, which is no shock--it would be a real surprise for him to show up with this news having only just broken. Whether he moves ahead with whatever that project is (possibly the horror movie we heard about previously) remains to be seen. We'll report back if Sony acknowledges the news or Gunn's project during its panel.

Guardians of the Galaxy 3 had been set for release in 2020, though Gunn's removal could affect that. The events of Avengers: Infinity War stand to have a potential impact on the film, though Avengers 4--due out next year--could always make further changes. Without saying how, Gunn had previously teased that Guardians 3 would be "very different."

Aside from his contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Gunn is also known for writing and directing the movie Super.

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Remember when they fired Roseanne for a "joke tweet she made"

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Everyone cries foil and blames the person being fired for things they did years ago until it happens to them.

Just wait until your place of work digs into your past or some stupid exposing website ruins your life. Over a joke. No matter how tasteless and stupid his comments were.

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Wonder how many people up in arms with his firing were celebrating Roseanne's.

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Two things: James Gunn tweeted "jokes" that were disgusting nine years ago & deserved to lose his job. Disney aren't spotless & need to take a long look at themselves. I'll leave at that & keep on gaming.

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@timmyp1982: Better call up Disney and ask them that question. I’m sure firing him was a mistake then, mental midget.

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@timmyp1982: I don't care what show you reference, one man said his PERSONAL thoughts on twitter multiple times in graphic detail. Get over it, Disney had a right to fire this man.

Why did Roseanne get fired, South Park and many other shows have done worse. Have you called ABC up to tell them they shouldn't have fired her for a "joke"? Maybe one day you'll get it genius!

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@timmyp1982: "Jokes about pedophilia are obviously acceptable in modern day society" If you think it's acceptable to joke about victimizing children then you should be locked up. Get the **** out of here PEDO sympathizer

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This is HILARIOUS seeing as how its the left who use this tactic bring up someones past in order to destroy their career and now the conservatives have caught on

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I’m still waiting for the blowback from the time I called my neighbour a “stinky poohead” when I was 5. Revenge is a dish best served cold and I’ll bet he’s just biding his time, waiting for the perfect moment to strike and derail my entire life.

My sincerest apologies to you readers for my use of such extreme language.

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You know, Hollywood seems to really be the only place that can get away with this.

If you fired someone for this in my industry (multimedia technical support), on these grounds - something that you were already aware of, that were originally cool with, you'd have a Labour Board ready to sodomise you with a chainsaw if you pulled this, and you'd have one of two choices - rehire and stiff fine, or payoff and stiff fine.

Either way, you're getting screwed right back pretty uncomfortably.

Some have said "Disney had to fire him".

No, they didn't. They could have stood behind him. In fact, they should have.

They knew that he was an overactive smarta$$. They also knew of his growth - he was right. There. Working for them. So they also knew of his actual character.

On the subject of hiring him back, never going to happen. I don't think many people would go back to work for someone that treated them like that. At least not without some measure of payback, and I doubt that the House of Mouse wants to deal with that.

I mean, what kind of product would you put out for someone - a person, a business, or a corporation - that treated you like that?

Me, I'd go for the guaranteed win - I'd go work with someone else. Not just for. Actuallywith.

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"Resurfaced"? You mean a piece of garbage alt-right page went digging and found 10 year old tweets to try, and unfortunately succeed, to get an outspoken liberal fired. Disgusting.

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@johnnykchop: What’s sad is you don’t find his comments disgusting,disturbing and worrying. More proof of the self entitlement and narcissistic generation of your kind

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@fivepercent: while the jokes wearnt funny, they were just that. Jokes. You going on a rant against people because you’re offended by it and calling them self entitled etc is massive hypocrisy.

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@mickpunx: Another comment that vaguely defends this dirtbag. Astonishing

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@fivepercent: just because you’re offended doesn’t mean you’re right. Why can’t a joke just be a joke?? If he overstepped the line, it’s a line that you drew for yourself.

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@mickpunx: I'm not offended, more shocked that the majority of this site defends this guy's actions. If it was just a harmless joke he wouldn't have been fired. He has many comments about violating children, that's not a joke, that's a PROBLEM.

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@timmyp1982: Disney had all the research they needed to fire this scumbag. Yet you want to defend this POS. Now stop messaging me and seek metal help.

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It's official: nobody can take a joke anymore.

Apologies for triggering anyone with no body. Souls are people too.

Further apologies for triggering anyone with the word, "triggering". Gun deaths are serious.

Even further apologies for mentioning death. Death is not real, you will live forever. Everything's going to be OK.

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@bbq_R0ADK1LL: love this comment.

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@bbq_R0ADK1LL: Just like how Roseanne’s tweet was a joke but yet got her fired over something less severe. Don’t see your protest to her being fired now do we?

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@fivepercent: Nope, you don't see my protest for anyone because I'm not protesting. I'm bemoaning the current state of society, not standing in the street, trying to get someone's job back.

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The weak-minded continue to sanitize this world to make it safe for their delicate sensibilities.

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His tweets were really disturbing to say the least IMO. He seemed to be obsessed with having sex with young boy's and said some pretty terrible things even if he was joking.... I found nothing funny about what he was saying.

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Man I heard Batista got fired from this for speaking out against it

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@Marky360: Good, if you defend a piece of garbage pedo you deserve to be canned

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@fivepercent:

I guess if that's how you feel.

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@Marky360: Me and many other sane minded people feel that way.

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Let people make their shitty jokes.

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Could you imagine if disney held themselves to the standard they just held James Gunn too?

A quick google search will point out some of Disney's less glamorous days.

Their record on women in animation...their overtly racists cartoons from back in the day.

The notorious and ongoing practice of underpaying their workers.

Im just saying...glass houses and all lol.

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