Months after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was placed on hold by Disney, one fan on Twitter recommended four possible directors -- Edgar Wright, Phillip Lord and Chris Miller, and Taika Waititi -- to get the Marvel Studios sequel going again. However, those filmmakers have a suggestion of their own: James Gunn.
Disney abruptly cut business ties with Gunn in July, amid Comic-Con International, after years-old, objectionable "jokes" the filmmaker made about on social media about pedophilia and rape were unearthed by some of his conservative detractors. By the following month, the studio indefinitely delayed the sequel, which had been expected to begin production early this year.
Eager for Marvel and Disney to name a new director, the fan tweeted endorsements for Wright (Baby Driver), Lord and Miller (The LEGO Movie) and Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), who were united in their assessment that Gunn is still the best fit for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Agreed. @JamesGunn would bring a fresh energy and style that the first two films were lacking.— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) January 31, 2019
Gunn's brother Sean Gunn, who plays the Ravager Kraglin and provides the motion-capture for Rocket Raccoon in the franchise, also contributed his thoughts, jokingly expressing his doubts that his newcomer possessed the "maturity or gravitas" that James Gunn brought to the first two installments of Guardians of the Galaxy.
While a timeline for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is unknown, Marvel Studios President Kevin Fiege confirmed the film will happen.
James Gunn has been hired to write and direct the sequel to 2016's Suicide Squad. He is currently producing the superhero horror film Brightburn, which premieres May 24.