After offensive comments he made earlier in his career resurfaced last summer, Disney fired James Gunn as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The studio had a contractual obligation to use the filmmaker's script, though the search for who could direct the film has been one of the biggest mysteries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As reports emerged that Gunn would be directing the Suicide Squad sequel for Warner Bros., the outlook for the third Guardians film looked grim, yet a new report has alleviated the worries of Marvel fans. Deadline reports that Gunn has been reinstated as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
With Disney executives regularly attempting to distance themselves from Gunn and focus on various other properties in the MCU, it's unclear at this time what ignited the change of opinion. Interestingly, Gunn is still attached to deliver the Suicide Squad sequel for Warner Bros., which will take priority, with the third Guardians film to head into production after work on the DC Comics film has been completed.
To say that fans are excited would be a bit of an understatement, as this means we know get two films from Gunn featuring unlikely characters banding together for the greater good.
Scroll down to see what fans are saying about James Gunn returning for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Have you subscribed to ComicBook Nation, the official Podcast of ComicBook.com, yet? Check it out by clicking here or listen below.
In this latest episode, we talk about the new Shazam! early reactions and break down the epic Avengers:
James Gunn to all his haters after he gets re hired for GOTG 3 pic.twitter.com/B4Z3upd5DD— Hael (@Haelcim) March 15, 2019
When Disney finally came to their senses and brought back James Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy 3. pic.twitter.com/q6AyOKM7vT— Cade Onder (@Cade_Onder) March 15, 2019