Ever since Disney announced it had parted ways with James Gunn back in July, plenty of actors have thrown their support behind the director, including the Guardians of the Galaxy themselves. Now, another Guardians of the Galaxy alumni is tossing her support behind Gunn, as legendary actress Glenn Close has commented on the franchise's future without him.
While it's well-known that Guardians of the Galaxy came about after writer Nicole Perlman developed the project through Marvel's old writers' program, many credit the success of the franchise to director James Gunn. After all, while Perlman's screenplay survived enough to ensure she still received a writer's credit on the feature, Gunn put his own visual stamp on the franchise -- from the bright colors to the classic music, and even the cast itself.
So, it makes sense that someone like Close, who Gunn cast as Nova Prime for the first film, finds it hard to envision the future of the franchise without him. "It's hard to think of it without him," she told Empire Magazine. "It's sad. And it brings up, I think, some very tricky issues around this movement."
The movement she mentions appears to be the #MeToo movement, which was launched by a group of actresses following the Harvey Weinstein scandal earlier this year to ensure victims of sexual harassment feel safe speaking out. According to Close, she has questioned the women she speaks to about the Gunn situation to try to understand their views on the matter.
"I bring it up with every woman I talk to because I want to know what people feel, you know? Is that truly what we should be doing?" she explained. "Especially in this case, somebody [alt-right blogger Mike Cernovich] who's known to ruin people for something that they wrote in a totally different context, what, ten, 12 years ago? What are we going to do, go back to our pasts and make sure that everything we said was politically correct? Who can live like that? I just feel that there's something wrong about that."
The actress' comments echo those of many that have vouched for Gunn, including Drax actor Dave Bautista, who has not only continued to bash Disney for its decision, but also speak out against Cernovich, who has his own disgusting past that is seemingly being ignored by those that opted to oust Gunn. While Bautista's future with the franchise remains up in the air, Close's Nova Prime isn't expected to return anytime soon following the off-screen destruction of Xandar in Avengers: Infinity War. Still, that hasn't stopped her from praising her time working on Guardians of the Galaxy.
"That was like going back to my childhood. First of all, I always wanted to be in a movie like that, so I was happy to be asked. And to be in the room where there was a big control room, the war outside, but it was nothing when we were shooting it. It was just a guy with a big pole with a tennis ball on it and they'd say, 'Look at the ball, and imagine.' And I thought, 'I can do that! I can do that! That's easy.' It was so much fun. And I have to say, James Gunn was fantastic. He was lovely. And what I really thought was extraordinary about him is that in a movie that was storyboarded up the wazoo, because you have to with so many special effects, I never felt I was being pushed into something that had already been worked on in that sense, somehow."
As it stands, Disney and Marvel Studios are currently looking for a new director for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 -- although Gunn's script is expected to be used -- so the film is delayed indefinitely. It was originally thought the threequel would hit theaters in 2020, however, it's now expected that another film will take its place, although it remains to be seen just which film will be moved up.