Hallelujah! James Gunn is back where he belongs…heading Guardians Of The Galaxy for Marvel. Righting a wrong is often one of the hardest things a person has to do in their life. Doing so signifies that you’re willing to put aside your pride, admit a mistake, and begin repairing whichever relationship your wrongdoing has hurt.
More than half a year ago, Disney unceremoniously fired Guardians of the Galaxy architect, James Gunn. Gunn came under attack after several social media posts he made years ago reared their ugly heads. The posts, which were mainly about pedophilia and rape, became a part of an attack by conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich.
Gunn spent weeks apologizing and reminding the world that he felt terrible for what he said and that he wasn’t the same man anymore. Even still, Disney exiled Gunn from their plans.
Shortly after he was released by Disney, their competition, Warner Bros. and DC wasted no time in hiring him. Gunn was brought on to write and direct the sequel to Suicide Squad. Which is why Disney’s decision to bring him back into the fold is so perplexing.
Logic says that Disney wanted to prevent the competition from gaining any ground on their MCU. But logic doesn’t add up. After they announced his rehiring, they said that he could continue to work at the DC property. So then I wonder if it had more to do with right a wrong than anything? After all, each of the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy publicly gave their support for him and an online petition for his rehiring amassed hundreds of thousands of signatures. Maybe, just maybe, Disney gave into worldwide pressure, especially after seeing how words can destroy a movie (Captain Marvel). Think about it. Perhaps Disney saw how a series of words can derail a movie and that to move forward, one must forgive and forget.
Either way, Disney has rehired James Gunn and he is now back to finish the world he created. Marvel is better for it. Of it, he said this.
“I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months. I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be. I deeply appreciate Disney’s decision and I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bid us all. I have been, and continue to be humbled by your love and support. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Love to you all.”