Earlier today the cast of the Guardians of the Galaxy films penned an open letter calling for James Gunn to be reinstated as writer/director for the upcoming third installment following his dismissal after offensive, years-old comments he made about pedophilia and rape were unearthed by right-wing detractors. Each of the cast members posted the letter to their social media accounts, with the comment section of Chris Pratt's post catching the attention of Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld, who noted how the entire situation has left him disappointed.
In a series of posts to his Twitter account, Liefeld called for forgiveness for Gunn's past actions, noting that defending Gunn's comments and forgiving him for them are different acts. "Reading the comments in the Chris Pratt post about James Gunn. What happened to forgiveness in our world? Where is grace? So bummed," Liefeld wrote in one tweet.
Reading the comments in the Chris Pratt post about James Gunn. What happened to forgiveness in our world? Where is grace? So bummed.— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 30, 2018
A Twitter user responded to Liefeld's original tweet stating, "there is no forgiveness for the targeting of children for sexual purposes. You're all sick for defending this," to which Liefeld responded that he is "a proponent for forgiveness and grace. Always." In a further tweet, Liefeld wrote, "Defending and forgiveness are different acts. Forgiveness is an act of grace."
I am a proponent for forgiveness and grace. Always. https://t.co/nazIcMN3mm— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 30, 2018
Gunn has received an outpouring of support from his peers and fans alike following his firing, with Drax the Destroyer actor Dave Bautista being among the most outspoken. Michael Rooker, who portrayed Yondu in the Guardians films, and Hellboy alum Selma Blair both quit Twitter as a sign of solidarity with Gunn, while comedian Bobcat Goldthwait asked Marvel’s parent company, Disney, to remove his voice from its theme park rides. Also, more than 335,000 people have signed a Change.org petition for Disney to rehire Gunn.
Gunn had recently completed his first draft of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which was slated to begin filming in January in Atlanta for a 2020 release. However, Marvel Studios had yet to officially announce a release date, and it’s unclear at this time how Gunn’s firing will affect plans for the sequel, or if Disney will consider the cast’s demands.