Celebs Show Their Support Against Disney’s Firing Of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Director James Gunn

James Gunn Marvel Guardians of the GalaxyIn this day and age and with the internet being what it is, once you post something online, it’s out there. Forever. And nowhere is this more evident than with Disney opting to fire Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn for recently resurfaced tweets. And though many in fandom are opting to see this mostly from the lens of what this means for a potential Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,  there are some in the celebrity world who have jumped to Gunn’s support and have spoken harshly in regards to Disney’s decision to sever ties with Gun.

One such example would be Fede Alvarez, who directed Don’t Breathe and the 2013 Evil Dead remake. Alvarez took to Twitter, stating that he could not believe what Disney had done to James Gunn and that the culture of zero tolerance has to stop. You can read Alvarez’s words in the tweet below:

Other voices from Hollywood also jumped into the fray, such as Justin Roiland, the co-creator of Rick and Morty. Roiland also took to Twitter to express his outrage at Disney’s decision to fire Gunn, stating “This is insane to me. Is this real?! Jesus. Well there goes that R rated jar jar binks movie I’ve been working on. I QUIT, DISNEY!” Have a look:

Though Roiland was quick to clarify that he’s in no way defending Gunn’s tweets, just that Gunn was fired over tweets intended as ‘jokes.’ Make of that what you will:

Comedian and fellow geek Patton Oswalt also stepped in to lend his voice, sharing a tweet on Mike Cernovich, the one responsible for digging up James Gunn’s old tweets in what Oswalt referred to as a ‘Gamergate-style smear campaign.’

Another comedian, Michael Ian Black, also gave his two cents on the matter regarding Cernovich, saying there’s a difference between a comedian making jokes and someone being charged with rape in 2003, as was apparently the case with Cernovich.

The proverbial icing on the support cake is the creation of a Change.org petition for Marvel Studios and Disney to rehire James Gunn. Though the creator noted that this probably wouldn’t change much and that if Disney wants to fire Gunn, then they would have to do this for every other director who works for the studio that has made a bad joke or said something in poor taste.

At the end of the day, though, Disney is a business and chances are, given the swiftness of the decision, they probably won’t be rehiring James Gunn anytime soon, whether it’s for a third Guardians of the Galaxy installment or other film. Between John Lasseter and Roseanne Barr, Disney isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to cracking down on those under the Disney umbrella who come under fire for their behavior. Now whether this does indeed lead to something down the line for others working for Disney remains to be seen.

Where do you stand? Should Disney stand its ground, or do you feel that they should rehire James Gunn? If so, why? Let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, stay tuned for any and all future updates with any news on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

10 Films That Need To Happen In Marvel’s Phase Four

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Disney Fox Fantastic Four X-Men AvengersThis year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe turns ten years old. Marvel Studios has come a long way since 2008 and audiences have seen the universe grow into the biggest media franchise of the 21st Century. After ten years there are no signs of slowing down, in fact, it appears we’ve just scratched the surface.

Back in 2014, Marvel announced its Phase Three slate, and now we are almost half way there coming up fast on the final films. Phase Four is already on everyone’s mind, specifically after the game-changing event Avengers: Infinity War. Now with Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox, the possibilities have opened up even wider. Everybody is now under one roof, so what can we expect in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Here’s a count down the ten films most likely to appear in Phase Four based off of what fans want and the studio’s previous announcements. Click Next to get started!

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Omari Daniels

Omari Daniels

Just a guy trying to get back into the journalism and writing industry. Really into geek culture and the craft of writing.

  • Xaventer Laventos

    They should rehire James Gunn because,

    1: This was a political smear campaign in order to get revenge for conservatives being given similar treatment; not being able to take what they dish out.

    2: Gunn has done absolutely nothing wrong, and has apologized for these tweets TWICE. Once when they were first brought up, and now again.

    3: Disney shouldn’t bow to political discourse; they’re Disney. Tell Jack Posobiec, Mike Cernovich, and William Craddick to beat it.

    4: The people who want James to stay fired have already admitted that they don’t watch Marvel Movies anyway, so Disney isn’t going to lose out on any money if they rehire him.

    5: He’s a brilliant director and only improves the company’s track record by remaining in their employ. They need it badly after what’s been happening to Star Wars.

  • thalvar

    Ridiculous. Disney knew about the posts before they hired him. No reason to fire him now