Thanos creator Jim Starlin has called out Marvel on the firing of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn, labeling the move "one hell of a bad call."
Starlin remains one of the biggest creatives in Marvel Comics' cosmic landscape, and Gunn was the man who brought Thanos to life in his first speaking scene in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, he's come to Gunn's defense, questioning the integrity of those who helped push the movement to get him axed.
"After giving it a couple days to think over this James Gunn/Disney controversy, I've come to the conclusion that the Mouse got played," Starlin posted to Facebook. "Yes, Gunn's decade-old tweets were distasteful and stupid, but clearly meant to be foolishly provocative rather than taken as advocacy."
"The whole uproar over them was plainly ginned up by two Breitbart hatchet men, John Nolte and Mike Cernovich, in response to Rosanne Barr's firing for her repeated hate-filled and racist tweets," he continued. "I have to agree with Dave Bautisa [sic] on this one. Disney accepted a ridiculous apple and oranges argument and made one hell of a bad call."
Starlin joins the likes of James' brother, Sean, as well as Selma Blair and Dave Bautista (aka Drax) as folks who offered their support. Michael Rooker (aka Yondu) also quit Twitter because of the incident; Bobcat Goldthwait told Disney to remove his voice from one of its rides, and the rest of the Guardians cast also chimed in with obscure thoughts of their own.
Gunn had apologized for the tweets before Marvel signed him, and when they resurfaced, he apologized once more. However, it was too little, too late, as the company severed ties with him when attention was brought to the crude jokes over the weekend. It's a decision Gunn has since accepted, although fans have petitioned to have him reinstated to the MCU.