Over the past decade of filmmaking, The Marvel Cinematic Universe has become a well-oiled machine, with the studio methodically releasing solo movies and crossover events. Every single installment in Phase Three has been a massive financial and critical hit, although there was one blemish on the face of the franchise over the past year: the firing and reinstatement of James Gunn from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
When James Gunn’s offensive jokes form a decade ago resurfaced last July, he was promptly fired from his position as the director and architect of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. It was a decision that prompted massive backlash, particularly from Guardians actor Dave Bautista. He even went so far as to claim he wouldn’t come back for Guardians 3 if Gunn’s original script wasn’t used.
But James Gunn has since been reinstated, and will complete his Guardians trilogy after working on The Suicide Squad for DC. Dave Bautista recently spoke to this outcome, and has apparently let the matter go. As he put it:
Well, this is hopeful. While the entire Guardians of the Galaxy franchise was in jeopardy in the months after James Gunn was removed from the project, it seems that things are starting to moved forward at Marvel Studios. That includes Dave Baustista, who seems ready to put the drama behind him.
James Gunn’s firing took the public by surprise, that includes those closely intimate with the Guardians franchise. Following Gunn’s apology for the off color jokes, the cast signed a letter of solidarity with their director. Vol. 3 was put on indefinite hold, while the studio no doubt pondered exactly what to do. After all, the Guardians movies are infused with Gunn’s perspective and sense of humor, and finding a replacement was near to impossible.
Dave Bautista was the loudest voice in the defense of James Gunn, so there was certainly the potential for drama as the situation unfolded. But it seems that both the actor and Marvel Studios are on the same page, making way or another collaboration with Guardians 3.
In his same conversation with Pro Wresting Sheet, Dave Bautista went on to explain why he was such a staunch defender of James Gunn as the Guardians of the Galaxy drama played out. He said:
It seems that Dave Bautista’s morals led him to defend James Gunn in the months between his firing by Disney and eventual reinstatement as the Guardians 3 director/writer/producer. Bautista and the rest of the cast made their feelings known, and were left to wait along with the rest of us.
It’s currently unclear when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will hit theaters, as its in the mysterious Phase Four of the MCU. But the motley crew of heroes can be seen Avengers: Endgame, in theaters now. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.