Following a string of news and speculation in the wake of James Gunn's recent firing from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, there is new information that suggests that Marvel Studios and Disney are currently engaged in closed doors talks to reach some sort of agreement to bring Gunn back onto the project in some form or another.
While neither Marvel nor Disney have made any sort of official statement confirming or denying that this is happening, Deadline reports that such conversations are underway. Apparently, the talks were prompted by the open letter penned by the entire Guardians cast some weeks back and the subsequent pressure put on Disney by the ensuing public conversation.
Gunn was fired as the director of the third Guardians film in July after decade-old tweets that featured him making distasteful jokes about serious topics were dug up and shared. Despite the fact that Gunn had previously apologized for these tweets, Disney still chose to sever ties with the popular director.
Since then, there has been an outpouring of support for Gunn, including the aforementioned signed letter of solidarity from the entire Guardians of the Galaxy cast. However, arguably the most vocal supporter of Gunn has been cast member Dave Bautista, who expressed his disdain for Disney's firing of Gunn and even threatened to quit the franchise if Gunn's script for Vol. 3 was not used. It has not yet been confirmed whether or not Bautista's statements helped encourage Marvel to reach out to Disney in hopes of finding a compromise.
Moreover, both Marvel and Disney are likely well aware that Gunn's unique style is what helped make the first two Guardians films such smashing successes, which would certainly give Marvel a decent bargaining chip. In addition, there's also the fact that a full overhaul of Vol. 3 could cause significant delays for the film, something neither entity likely wants to see happen.
However, for the time being, those following the James Gunn situation will simply have wait to see what happens next. That being said, it will certainly be interesting to see how Disney reacts to being challenged by one of their most lucrative subsidiaries on a decision as controversial as Gunn's firing and what it could mean going forward.
A replacement director for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has yet to be announced. The film does not have a release date.