Last summer, James Gunn was removed from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 over offensive tweets that he wrote a decade earlier. It was one of the most controversial moments in the history of the MCU. While the cast and fan sentiment has largely supported Gunn’s reinstatement, Marvel and Disney showed little interest in rehiring him. Fortunately, it appears that Gunn’s final Guardians story will still be told.
Via CinemaBlend, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 script will be used. And he also appeared to downplay Gunn’s previous role as the architect of the MCU’s cosmic movies.
“His influence was Guardians,” said Feige. “It was Guardians. It was his input on Guardians and the Avengers films, as you’ve seen in Infinity War, and on the Guardians 3 script, which we’re still using. So you’ll see that influence…I think online, sort of the notion of ‘architect across multiple cosmic things’ was slightly blown out of proportion.”
“It’s already a part of what I’m doing with Marvel and the conversations that Kevin and I have every day,” said Gunn. “When we’re talking about Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and that story, that’s a story that will lead to other stories. It’s innate to the DNA that that’s the end of a trilogy but it’s the beginning of a whole other element of the Marvel Cosmic universe. That’s a part of what I’m doing now.”
Gunn is currently writing The Suicide Squad, with an eye to direct the film for Warner Brothers. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is still without a new director or a start date.
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