Chris Evans & Chris Hemsworth Unfollow Fired Director James Gunn On Twitter

Gunn was sacked by Disney after years-old tweets of his were discovered.

Disney's decision to fire James Gunn from the Marvel sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 led to a joint-statement from the cast, in which they offered the writer/director their support.

While some fans have recommended Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi or Infinity Wars' the Russo brothers to replace Gunn, the article notes they may be busy with other projects (ditto for Jon Favreau), so Disney is likely to look outside of Marvel for an A-lister to replace Gunn with the same "kind of offbeat sensibility to handle the comic-book franchise".

A report from Variety indicates that Disney is unlikely to rehire Gunn, despite the support he's received since being fired after old tweets about paedophilia and transmisogyny surfaced.

As for finding a replacement, Disney is reportedly not in any rush to find a new director for Guardians 3 and is willing to wait for the right filmmaker to come along.

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"The feeling within both Disney and Marvel is that the dozens of so-called jokes that Gunn made about pedophilia and rape are unacceptable in the #MeToo era and are not in line with Disney's family-friendly image", the report states.

Gunn managed to make Guardians a runaway success, despite many in the industry writing it off before the film even hit cinemas.

Despite the strongly worded statement, there is no suggestion that any of the cast, which includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel, will quit the series as a result.

It should be noted that Gunn was far from an A-list director when he was hired in 2012, having only helmed cult films like Slither and Super, yet managed to bring the first two Guardians movies to $1.6 billion in worldwide box office. "In that time, we have been encouraged by the outpouring of support from fans and members of the media who wish to see James reinstated as director of Volume 3 as well as discouraged by those so easily duped into believing the many outlandish conspiracy theories surrounding him".

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is now scheduled to premiere in theaters in 2020.

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