Following the resurfacing of a series of offensive old tweets, James Gunn, who became well known for his work as writer-director on Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” Vols. 1 & 2, was fired from the final installment of the trilogy.
The decision by Disney to sever all professional ties with Gunn was largely panned by the Marvel fanbase, and was widely considered to be one of the worst decisions made by Disney in the history of their acquisition of Marvel.
In the time after Gunn’s firing, Gunn was hired by DC and Warner Bros. to write and direct the second film in the “Suicide Squad” series, after a near-universal critically negative review of the first film. “Suicide Squad” is often considered to be the DC counterpart to “Guardians,” leading many of Gunn’s fans to praise the hiring decision.
Following an exhaustive search for a new director who possessed the vision necessary to continue Gunn’s legacy, with names such as “Thor: Ragnarok’s” Taika Waititi being among the top contenders, Disney rehired Gunn as fan pressure increased.