The Real Reason Disney Re-Hired James Gunn For GOTG 3

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The Avengers aren't the only ones making a huge comeback this year. Disney and Marvel Studios have made the unexpected decision to re-hire James Gunn to finish what he started with the Guardians of the Galaxy series. What happened in the months since Gunn's firing to make this unlikely triumph possible?
To call James Gunn's firing in July 2018 "unexpected" would be a bit of an understatement. Under Gunn's direction, the Guardians came out of nowhere to become one of the most successful series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe... pretty impressive for a property that was all but unknown before 2014.
On top of the money the movies brought in, they also earned rave reviews, making talking trees and trash pandas beloved household names for families across the world.
But as Gunn's sudden firing seemed to demonstrate, all of that success meant nothing in the face of corporate mandate.
The third Guardians movie was originally set to begin filming in fall 2018, but was shut down indefinitely after the controversial decision was made to fire Gunn for provocative past tweets.
A few days after Disney's decision was made public, the main cast of the franchise rebuked the company with an extraordinary open letter calling for Gunn to be reinstated. The remarkable show of support left many hoping that the situation could be turned around. But publicly, the company was unswayed, and it soon looked like Disney would rather scuttle Volume 3 in its entirety than bring Gunn back.
Watch to learn more about the real reason Disney re-hired James Gunn for GOTG 3!
#JamesGunn #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy #MCU
​​​The cast supported him | 0:17
You're the one that I want | 1:25
The song remains the same | 2:13
Gunn was a class act | 3:22
There and back again | 4:09
He's a huge moneymaker |​ 4:52
A cosmic vision | 5:37


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Mar 19, 2019




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Looper Month ago
How do you feel about James Gunn being re-hired?
Alex_GG 3 days ago
Paris Frisby
Paris Frisby 3 days ago
How do you Feel about a Pedo Directing your next movie?
My_Universe 4 days ago
Chris Wade
Chris Wade 8 days ago
Erik Dyrnes
Erik Dyrnes 10 days ago
Good of disney to re-hire him, he's artistic style worked great with TGOTG.
Spartan11117777 2 days ago
Dayum Disney REEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLY wants that money. Glad James Gunn has been re-hired and handled the situation very maturely. :)
Matthew Harvey
Matthew Harvey 2 days ago
Because he is one of the greatest screen writers of our generation.
Paris Frisby
Paris Frisby 3 days ago
Wow..Pedophilia is OK as long as the Make Believe Stories Make Money... What does that Say About US as a Society?..... FN Doomed... All.. Around... Would any Father want James around their Daughter or Son?...I Guess ok if the result is simple entertainment as the reward....sick Society=sick world......I wouldn't allow James Gun Within a 100 Yards of anyone I held Precious..But Hell ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE MASSES!
Dave Smith
Dave Smith 3 days ago
Provocative tweets? They were pedophilic fantasies. Why not tell the audience what he said and let them decide?
MR PEEVES 4 days ago
Because they realised that they were listening to a very small, overly senitvie and pathetic minority and they saw sense and did the right thing by reinstating him
DoC moetch
DoC moetch 4 days ago
heally too the gun gotg 1 hit gotg 2 hit do the mate
grace calis
grace calis 4 days ago
So unbelievably stupid that people's livelihoods are threatened for something they said years before they were even hired. Especially considering Gunn's statements were just fuckin jokes.
Patrick Lawler
Patrick Lawler 4 days ago
Dirty slippery Disney........Democrats protect Democrats 😂
Pastel Princess
Pastel Princess 5 days ago
lol people still coming out the woodwork to call James an abuser.
Shahani Braga
Shahani Braga 5 days ago
GOTG series is the only Marvel team I actually like. The Avengers are so lame 🙄
MySSDRocks 6 days ago
Batista was a nobody before Drax, in Hollywood anyway, so he’s loyal to the guy that made him.
lili ks
lili ks 7 days ago
real reason : coz he hates Trump , which is also why Smollet was released with a tap on the fingers. Hatred for Trump will get you far in demonic Hollywood these days . wether you're talented , makes pedophile jokes on twitter, or not .as long as you hate Trump you're good . this is satanic hollywood today .
Mr. Mammuthus Africanavus
...because Disney likes drama because drama sells
Austin Smith
Austin Smith 8 days ago
see whats possible when you behave professionally
mr mooshon
mr mooshon 9 days ago
What is the real reason they re-hires him? You didn’t tell anything new. You didn’t even say a reason other than all the responses from the fans and cast.
S117 Oracle
S117 Oracle 9 days ago
Reason: They finally dislodged their heads from their asses and realized firing a cinematic genius over shit he posted a decade ago is full on idiotic?
N Slater
N Slater 9 days ago
I bet all that happened was Disney and Gunn discussed he would be fired for a short time and then rehired when this cooled down.
Corey 10 days ago
From now on James Gunn should be forever known as The Cinematic War-Dog, playing both sides of comic book cinema at the behest of both XD he was a class act, came out on top and got exactly what he deserved :) perfectly balanced as all things should be
Shining Diancie
Shining Diancie 10 days ago
*I just realized something.* *James GUNN was FIRED*
Abhijeet P
Abhijeet P 10 days ago
DAVE BATISTA is a Friend everyone needs .....! Hats off...
Abhijeet P
Abhijeet P 10 days ago
I'm so happy for this......
Darian F
Darian F 10 days ago
Firing James Gunn from gotg mid series is like firing j.r.r tolkien in the middle of making lord of the rings
Aditya 10 days ago
Because nobody else can tap into the madness of GOTG like Gunn can.. It wouldn't be the same anymore or as lovable and entertaining
Youlo King
Youlo King 10 days ago
Batista : Give me what i want Disney : well you kno......... Batista : GIVE ME WHAT I WANT Disney : ok......
Rolling Thunder
Rolling Thunder 11 days ago
Disney "you're fired" MCU "guardians 3" Disney "oh, right. Your unfired, I need you. Come back"
Zach Leathers
Zach Leathers 12 days ago
They HAVE!!!! To bring back Bautista as Drax. He’s the funniest character. The team just WONT, the series itself just WONT be the same without him. I won’t even see it in theaters without drax.
Zach Leathers
Zach Leathers 12 days ago
Or am I confused and Bautista is still in the cast?
the kazoo kid
the kazoo kid 12 days ago
Here's the message, for the curious ones:
Chuck Berrington
Chuck Berrington 13 days ago
The spin is hard on this one...
Zipei Lei
Zipei Lei 13 days ago
Evil Mickey Mouse at it again.
Micromation 13 days ago
When you make so much money that leftist screeching is not worth virtue signalling for.
Diana Cavendish
Diana Cavendish 13 days ago
What still bothers me is that I was waiting for the movie to come out in 2020 and now I'll have to wait like 3 years (from now). I know I'm not the only one waiting, just saying Guardians of the Galaxy is possibly my favourite movie series and I was really looking forward to the next one coming out soon.
Phranq Tamburri
Phranq Tamburri 13 days ago
HYPOCRISY!!!! I am deeply offended by Disney. They bring back James Gunn over tweets because he is a fellow Democrat. Disney never rehired Roseanne Barr over her tweets because she is Republican! I am sickened by this hypocrisy!
Tec Productions
Tec Productions 14 days ago
Marvel: Mr.Gunn you're fired A Few Months Later Marvel: Mr.Gunn you're hired James Gunn: Am I a joke to you?
Jeremiah Valeska
Jeremiah Valeska 14 days ago
A lot of people are saying they rehired him because of studio interference and because they realized what they did was dumb, but you wanna know what the real REAL reason is? He didn’t have a problem getting a job at the rivaling company.
Olav Tetteroo
Olav Tetteroo 14 days ago
Even though Disney f*cked up, it's good that they went back and fixed this mistake. Many companies would be too proudful and just stick with their decision, so we shouldn't hate on Disney now for making the right call. Hopefully more entertainment companies will listen to their fans instead of random general public
canuck21 14 days ago
Please, Gunn's calmness didn't influenced anything. I'm pretty sure it was Disney that told Gunn to stay quiet so that things quiet down and people forget about it and then they'll re-hire him. They planned this all along and never had the real intention of firing him permanently.
SingleMom 83
SingleMom 83 15 days ago
He didn’t get fired he just got dusted in the snap and they didn’t wanna say it
ayub abokar
ayub abokar 15 days ago
Quinten McLaughlin
Quinten McLaughlin 15 days ago
James gunn: i stubbed my toe Looper: *"The real reason James Gunn stubbed his toe"*
END Of DAYS VIDEO 15 days ago
Getting tired of that social Justice crap 😒
fanime1 16 days ago
I call bull that Disney was planning on rehiring him for months. Fall of last year, Bob Iger (CEO of Disney) did an interview with the Hollywood Reporter where he specifically said he didn't regret firing James Gunn. This was months after the controversy, so he should have heard all the criticism by then. This also does not fit the "months ago" story as at most, they'd have 1-2 months at most to change Bob's mind. Let's also point out what happened just before Gunn's rehiring. Gunn was hired in December to direct the Suicide Squad film. Before he was just writing. Then news came out in February that both Will Smith and Margot Robbie were fired at DC and that the film would be a reboot. Also, after the failure of Justice League, DC said they were going to restructure their films, giving their universe a soft reboot. Now you're free to do with this information what you will, but it seems like too much of a coincidence that Disney rehired Gunn after all this news came out. If you want to know my theory, I believe that DC was hoping that Gunn would guide them through their reboot. By how much, I'm not sure, but they seem to be giving him a lot of creative control. I think they were slowly trying to make him their Kevin Feige or some similar position. Disney finally realized this and didn't want to give anymore power to their competition, so they rehired Gunn to prevent this. But since Gunn already signed a contract with DC, Disney has no choice but to wait for him to finish Suicide Squad. Again, this is just a theory. I have no proof but connecting the dots, this seems very possible. At the very least, all this news about Suicide Squad and the excitement people were having for it definitely made Disney realize how much money they would lose by keeping Gunn fired. There's no doubt in my mind that it was all these reports that changed Disney's mind, not their "generous" heart and forgiveness. Don't be fooled.
DrXshock 16 days ago
It was to subvert our attention from Captain Trainwreck
EverNumb 16 days ago
# 1 reason David Bautista showed the Disney execs the Trial By Combat between the Viper and The Mountain and said "Imagine me doing that to your heads... you know what's what..."
NESS??!! 16 days ago
money money money money and more money...
mastersleib 16 days ago
Kudos to actors especially to Batista.
Filip Papoušek
Filip Papoušek 17 days ago
What has Marvel connected to Disney? disney is just for kids right?
Filip Papoušek
Filip Papoušek 16 days ago
+Disney Fanboy wow i never knew that,thanks!
Disney Fanboy
Disney Fanboy 16 days ago
Disney owns marvel
Fate 04
Fate 04 17 days ago
drax ftw
Frank M. Murray
Frank M. Murray 17 days ago
He looks like Mark Hoppus From Blink 182!
Brian Bowman
Brian Bowman 17 days ago
I won’t be watching this movie nor any movie with Gunn as the Director also anyone could play Draxx. It won’t be difficult since GOTG 2 was bad.
PianoLee 17 days ago
James Gunn is meant to make GOTG plain and simple
Goady 17 days ago
he was never fired....
Darth Rylocke
Darth Rylocke 17 days ago
They never fired him, I am not joking look it up.
Matt Mccaslin
Matt Mccaslin 17 days ago
Disney said they would rehire him as long as he puts Brie Larson in the movie. All joking aside if that does happen I'm gna hang myself.
tommy pockets
tommy pockets 17 days ago
Ya'll putting a pedo on a pedostool. Thanks for giving Trump 2020
Epicvlshotzvl 1
Epicvlshotzvl 1 18 days ago
Let’s goo
Caffeinated Nation
Caffeinated Nation 18 days ago
The real reason? Because they wanted to make money.
Ameen Singh
Ameen Singh 18 days ago
He said the Guardians came out of nowhere while the video showed a shot of Knowhere. Clever editing.
NanohaXFate Takamachi/Testarossa/NanoFate
I'm so fucking stoked
Jorji Costava
Jorji Costava 19 days ago
Disney Should Buy DC So DC Can Have Good Movies
Disney Fanboy
Disney Fanboy 16 days ago
mmilike 19 days ago
I thought it's simply because DC want to hired him for project.
BYERE 19 days ago
I will say that I would greatly look forward to Gunn taking over as head producer of the MCU if Kevin Feige ever decided to step down.
Az Pont
Az Pont 19 days ago
"Unexpected". If you saw the reasons why he was fired, you could had a few guesses....
Daniel Lovitt
Daniel Lovitt 20 days ago
Don’t think they should have even let him go 🙄 just pushed guardians back. But I find it funny that it seems more people seem to be supportive with the decision as appose to when news first broke everyone wanted his head on a platter.
Evan Harrison
Evan Harrison 20 days ago
When they say there's a special place in hell for those who hurt the innocent, you wouldn't think it's hollywood.
PikaBlu22 20 days ago
James Gunn is one of the key people in the entirety of the MCU. The Russo Bros and Kevin Feige are the tippy top but James has cemented himself as basically the one who is the all-father for the cosmic side of the MCU. Setting up the upcoming Eternals movie, the Adam Warlock addition, obviously GotG3, and much more. He basically set up Captain Marvel too. So when they fired him it was extremely bad for the future of the MCU and I was incredibly scared that it would start to falter, especially after the endstone that is Endgame. Thankfully Dianey grew a brain and a heart and re-hired him back, hopefully guaranteeing the future of the MCU for a much longer.
Lyle James
Lyle James 20 days ago
Now all he has to do is excuse himself from the culture war and keep his mouth shut on social media
Bill Smith
Bill Smith 20 days ago
He has the correct political views now! You can't hold that against him. Thank God he didn't come out in favor of Trump though!
Shalashaska 994
Shalashaska 994 20 days ago
The best part is his tweets were actually pretty funny
mikeyh0 21 day ago
Baby-raping jokes (and possibly more) are simply 'provocative'? Shame on Looper for being so accommodating to sexual perversion. Shame on you. I will never watch a single movie this godamned pervert directs or has anything to do with. If you do, shame on you.
elvis316 21 day ago
Disney can let a little pedophilia slide. Gunn is an awful human being. Read his tweets.
KoToCoNDoR 21 day ago
$$$ > ego ... and Disney understood
A C 21 day ago
Guardians 2 didn’t recapture the magic of part 1 tho...
Graeme Phillips
Graeme Phillips 21 day ago
The open letter has a paragraph dedicated to political divide and mob rule. I must point out it is the left who has eaten their own in this case.
Pro Libertate
Pro Libertate 21 day ago
The Tweets were not "controversial", they were OPENLY PEDOPHILE !!! We are back to the problem with genius vs. psychopathy, as with the posthumous scandal involving Michael Jackson. Personally, I really enjoyed the Guardians movies, but I am not going place my enjoyment over the problems caused by high-profile psychopaths - especially when the pardon only applies to promoters of leftist ideology. There's not a sliver of evidence that Trump was ever racist or misogynist, but a private comment from 2006 is still quoted as justification for unending hatred against him, although all he said is that adult women LET HIM touch their genitalia, implying CONSENT. But Gunn gets away with THOUSANDS of tweets implying his sexual preference for CHILDREN, which is not just immoral, but criminal! This moral relativism is totally messed up.
Pro Libertate
Pro Libertate 21 day ago
+Max Burrill Hahahaha, wow, that's hilarious!!! Considering the rage mobs that form every time someone SAYS something they don't like - the EXACT SAME PEOPLE now defending Gunn for "things he said", the hypocrisy is breathtaking! Look at how the Left are willing to shred Trump because of things he may or may not have said...
Max Burrill
Max Burrill 21 day ago
The tweets may have been disgusting, but you still can't accuse someone of being a pedophile without any evidence to back it up. Sure, he said some things, but saying is not the same as doing. If we focus on jokes instead of actual crimes, and try to destroy entire careers based on things said in the past, then what separates us from the crazed witch-hunting mobs of old?
Jimmy White
Jimmy White 21 day ago
Never should have fired him
Jimmy White
Jimmy White 20 days ago
I don't condone his tweets, but it should have been a issue from the start, not years into employment.
Jimmy White
Jimmy White 20 days ago
+Robbie Rob pe5z these tweets were around when he was hired in the first place and his filmography includes Tromeo and Juliet. There isn't a person alive who doesn't have something in there past that someone else would find highly offensive.
Robbie Rob pe5z
Robbie Rob pe5z 20 days ago
He thought it was funny having sex with 5 yr olds
Compilation Installation
They hired him back because Batista said " give me what I want"
essay 21 day ago
I like that Gunn was given a second chance.
Raymond Jones
Raymond Jones 21 day ago
Steam Lee last words about MCU guess"bring back Adam Warlock,(better than Captain Marvel). X-MEN, and EVERYBODY
B_side 86
B_side 86 22 days ago
In my opinion they will do galaxy 3 then Gunn is fired again from Disney & marvel all together then off too dc he will go just my opinion
Hex Awareness Team
Hex Awareness Team 22 days ago
the reason why it was a success while unknown was BECAUSE IT WAS UNKNOWN. People are sick of reboots and remakes and marvel movies and all the same old shit. They want a new movie with new characters. And that is what GoG was.
Morge Zorge
Morge Zorge 22 days ago
The real reason is because there is one standard for my tribe and one standard for your tribe. Roseanne makes one stupid joke that could be racist, she is fired, James Gunn jokes about raping children for more than a decade, it's ok.
DIGITAL3ERO 23 days ago
They FAKE FIRED him until the heat blew over! it's not rocket science!
Lee Richardson
Lee Richardson 23 days ago
They never fired him in the first damn place.
Dekadis 23 days ago
I can't wait for JG SS... lol i't''ll be crazy and good
Ryan Swick
Ryan Swick 23 days ago
Best news I've had all year
George Franklin
George Franklin 23 days ago
My favorite marvel movies.
Mexie Mex
Mexie Mex 24 days ago
I can't help but think the agenda heave Driving Miss Marvel movie was a concession by Kevin Feige to get Gunn back
Kim Brunson
Kim Brunson 24 days ago
Bautista not expendable
fizzkid2000 24 days ago
what was the real reason? it's like i've been on the meat loaf hype train back in the 90s all over again :s
face708time 24 days ago
Disney did the right thing... 👍👍
Jake 24 days ago
Cause the never cared in the first place? It was a PR move.
Oliver Merretthiley
Look he did some controversial things but he's a good director who cares
Jeff Dranetz
Jeff Dranetz 25 days ago
Chris Pratt passive aggressively let himself get fat. :-)
Bridget Stuart
Bridget Stuart 25 days ago
Thank Goodness!!!
Dominic Zelenak
Dominic Zelenak 25 days ago
He was never really fired. It was a PR stunt to announce his firing.
San Ien Jao
San Ien Jao 25 days ago
Also we get to see Rocky Balboa in GOTG 3 wuhu!
San Ien Jao
San Ien Jao 25 days ago
Surprised is an understatement 😅
István Molnár
István Molnár 25 days ago
You called Rocket a trash panda!!! YESSS!!!!!
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