Af­ter di­rec­tor James Gunn was fired for old tweets, what next for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3?

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What now for one of the big­gest jew­els in Mar­vel’s crown? Where does Guardians go from here? Although Mar­vel are cagey about con­firm­ing ti­tles and re­lease dates un­til the dust from Avengers 4 has set­tled, the smart money was on Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 tak­ing the May 2020 slot. Gunn, as per his own tweets, had fin­ished the screen­play and cho­sen the songs for the sound­track. Mar­vel could de­cide to bring in a new di­rec­tor to work from that screen­play, with min­i­mal re­tool­ing. Taika Waititi has been men­tioned by fans as an ideal re­place­ment, cit­ing his work on

Thor: Rag­narok, but he’s busy work­ing on

Jojo Rab­bit, and sim­ply might not want to take over from Gunn.


The con­tro­versy over Gunn’s old tweets might ren­der the film­maker toxic for some, so there’s a chance Mar­vel might seek to com­pletely re­tool his script. Whether it could be done in time for 2020 re­mains to be seen (it did, ad­mit­tedly, work around Edgar Wright’s de­par­ture from Ant-man in a shorter time­frame). And the MCU time­line is so in­tri­cate that push­ing back such a ma­jor film, even by a year, would have post-avengers reper­cus­sions they’re prob­a­bly look­ing to avoid.


Mem­bers of the Guardians fam­ily have ex­pressed their sup­port for Gunn — some overtly, like Gunn’s brother Sean, who plays Kraglin and is the on-set Rocket Rac­coon, and some obliquely, like Chris Pratt, who posted a Bi­ble pas­sage from the Book Of James. And then there’s Dave Bautista (who plays Drax The De­stroyer) who has been open, even out­spo­ken, in his de­fence of the di­rec­tor. “I’m NOT ok with what’s hap­pen­ing to him,” he tweeted. There’s a chance Dis­ney may be sur­prised by the push­back to its de­ci­sion and may de­cide it will be best for the fran­chise if it re­in­states the man with whom the cast feel most com­fort­able. But that’s un­likely. The smart money is on Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3, with a fresh di­rec­tor, ar­riv­ing some­time in 2020.

Di­rec­tor James Gunn with Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker). Crim­i­nals united: the Guardians are on the war path. Gunn with Gamora (Zoe Sal­dana) and Peter Quill (Chris Pratt).

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