Taika Waititi Won't Direct Guardians Of The Galaxy 3, And Here's Why

"I just wouldn't know how to follow up those two films because those are his babies."

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Ever since James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been wondering just who will take over the director's chair. After the smashing success of Thor: Ragnarok, many have seen Taika Watiti as the "go to" director for Marvel's next cosmic installment. However, in comments made this week, Waititi was firm that he has no interest in helming the third Guardians movie, though he is open to working with Marvel again. [Update: We've now learned that Guardians 3 will use James Gunn's script.]

"I'm not doing that movie, but I'm hanging out with them," Waititi explained during the What We Do In Shadows panel of the Television Critics Association press tour. "I'm still hanging out with those guys and talking about new stuff. What might be yet, but yeah, I want to do another [Marvel] movie."

As for why Waititi won't take over for the next Guardians installment, it's all out of respect for Gunn's previous work. "For me, that's James's," Waititi continued. "Those are James's films. Going into something like that which has got his stamp all over it would feel like going in someone's house and going, 'Hey! I'm your new dad, and this is how we make peanut butter sandwiches now!' It just feels kind of awkward. I just wouldn't know how to follow up those two films because those are his babies."

During the summer of 2018, Gunn was fired by Disney from GotG Vol. 3 after old tweets from the director resurfaced. These were jokes about topics like pedophilia and rape, and Disney wanted to distance themselves from him.

The controversy didn't end there, however, as the cast wrote a joint letter standing behind Gunn, in hopes he would be rehired. It never happened, though, and Gunn is currently writing the script for the Suicide Squad reboot at Warner Bros. and is in negotiations to direct.

As for Waititi, he's currently directing the upcoming Star Wars series The Mandalorian, and in post-production for the FX series What We Do In Shadows--based on the mockumentary of the same name--which comes to the network on March 27.

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ElevenHandMan

Good for Taika Waititi to acknowledge and respect James Gunn's works and respect his legacy. It is so foolish of Disney to disband a great thing all because of some old, bad humored tweets.

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Harrypothead

@ElevenHandMan: everyone else gets punished for something they said so why is James Gunn any different?

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gamingdevil800

Thor Ragnarok has some of the worst humour out of all the Marvel movies so maybe it's a good thing he isn't.

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GinsuVictim

@gamingdevil800: You sound like a lot of fun.

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gamingdevil800

@GinsuVictim: ??? That joke with Thor spinning around on a rope for a long amount of time is an example of stretching a joke to the point it's no longer funny. I laughed a lot at Antman and GOTG mainly due to them doing humour correctly instead of making it cringey.

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GinsuVictim

@gamingdevil800: It was chain and it never ceased being funny. It also wasn't that long of a sequence. How impatient you are?

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Harrypothead

Just cause 1 guy makes a movie or 2 out of a trilogy doesn’t make it his. It belongs to Disney/Marvel he’s just hired to write a script and shoot it.

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jenovaschilld

@harrypothead: Yeah, everyone knows writers and directors are the least important parts to a good movie. Pretty people and product placement, say a Lexus car chase for some Mountain Dew.. ah sweet maybe have Groot driving a Lexus .... wait wait... now hear me out, {[[[ while drinking a mtn dew ]]]}.

True sequels do not belong to a person, but it is hard to replace a certain style of art work and or creation. Think of it as say - Ford was replaced during the Godfather, or Jk Rowling was replaced during the 3-4th harry potter novel, or say Beethoven was ask to hold it at No.3 and wait a while because, Justin Beiber will probably finish it better. yeah kinda goofy examples, but regardless of your like or dislike of Gunn as a person, his contribution to the Guardians of the Galaxy is considerable and defines the series.

This is more about the power struggle at Disney ID, then about Gunn personally. Once Iger commented on the Gunn issue before finding out all of the details and (how silly it was), it was too late to backtrack- because there are a few been trying to push him out and this would be kindling for the fire.