In 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:
Can’t believe what Disney is doing to @JamesGunn This nonsense culture of zero tolerance has to stop.
— Fede Alvarez (@fedalvar) July 21, 2018
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:
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! https://t.co/G9hu4mw3Iq
— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) July 20, 2018
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:
Just so I don’t have to keep typing this over and over: I’m not defending his old jokes. Only read one anyway. It’s that he was fired over OLD tweets intended as (bad) jokes… it’s a crazy concept and I’m just saying: no more R rated jar jar binks movie. Im walking. Peace.
— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) July 20, 2018
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.’
This is one of the LESS disgusting tweets from Mike Cernovich, the dude who, after running a Gamergate-style smear campaign, just got James Gunn fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. Okay have a good weekend. https://t.co/7DYlin1zgO
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 20, 2018
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.
Wow. This is quite a comedown from James Gunn. Mike, we’ve had this conversation before. There’s a qualitative difference between a comedian making jokes – even offensive jokes (me)- and somebody being charged with rape in 2003 (you). https://t.co/b5U7ITKkU7
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) July 21, 2018
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
This 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!