Uncovered tweets spell the end of James Gunn’s career with Marvel.

James Gunn will no longer direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3 after several controversial “joke” tweets from 2008 and 2009 were uncovered by a conservative website looking to discredit the director, who is a harsh critic of President Trump. The organization then proceeded to encourage audiences to confront Gunn about the tweets at his San Diego Comic-Con appearances (since then, the director has dropped out of the event.)

The tweets were indeed offensive and as such, we won’t be linking to them or discussing them in depth.

“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” Disney chairperson Alan Horn said in an official statement.

The studio has not addressed whether or not this means Guardians 3 development will restart from scratch, as Gunn wrote the script for the project, which he was also slated to direct.

Gunn addressed the controversy in a series of new tweets:

This is not the first time Gunn’s old tweets have been brought to light on social media, though previously, Disney did not issue any sort of response.

This news came quickly and as such, Disney does not seem to have anyone slated to take over the film.


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