Marvel Media Backlash

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Disney has worked with a great deal of filmmakers while building the popular, evergrowing Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of the consistent and more well known directors was James Gunn. Gunn has directed both “Guardians of the Galaxy” films and was writing “Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3.” After a pool of inappropriate and offensive tweets from ten years ago were brought to light, Disney pulled Gunn from the project.

“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,” Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said, according to

This shocked fans of the films as well as the actors. Many of the actors and actresses that worked with Gunn on the two films have stated their support for him. Dave Bautista has gone as far as openly stating his thoughts on leaving his character, Drax, behind because of these recent events.m

“It’s a bittersweet conversation,” Bautista said, according to “No, it’s a bitter-bitter conversation, because I’m not really happy with what they’ve done with James Gunn. They’re putting the movie off. It’s on hold indefinitely. To be honest with you, I don’t know if I want to work for Disney.”

Considering the new “Guardians of the Galaxy” film is on hold and Dave Bautista’s feelings on Disney, the future of the fan favorite superheroes is unknown. Disney is reputable for always having a plan for their Marvel films, but recent events have complicated their schedule. It is likely that the Guardians of the Galaxy will be returning, but the question remains on who will be returning with the project.