"Disney was absolutely right to fire me. This was not an outdoor issue."
By Jim Vejvoda
James Gunn has opened for Disney shooting and then rebuilt him to control the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3rd
Disney kicked Gunn in July 2018 after old tweets of his called uprising in some circles on the net. In an interview with Deadline, Gunn took full responsibility for what led to his firing and said he had no malice against Disney or Marvel and said he had accepted that his time with the Guardian's franchise was over when Disney co-chaired and CCO Alan Horn broached rehiring him. Gunn was officially recruited this last March.
In the time between being fired and rehired for the Guardians Vol. 3, Gunn had also been employed to write and direct the suicide troop for Marvel's rival DC and Warner Bros.
"I was about to sit down and talk about the suicide service with DC and I was excited about it. Alan asked me to meet him. I really think he is a good man and I think he hired me back because he thought that was the right thing to do, "Gunn said. "I am always tempted to find the goodness in places we do not expect, often in the characters of my films. I became a little teary-eyed in his office. And then I had to go and tell [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige I had just decided to do the suicide, so it made me very nervous. "
In the end, Gunn makes both films, with the suicide club first and then Gunn wins the Guardians Vol. 3. For his part, Gunn has accepted that he was ultimately responsible for the circumstances that led to his first firing:
"I don't blame anyone. I know myself and have felt a bit about some of the ways I spoke publicly, some of the jokes I did, some of my humor's goals, but the unintended consequences of not being more compassionate in what I put I know people have been hurt by things that I have said, and it is still my responsibility that I was not as compassionate as I should be in what I say. I feel bad for It was completely free and completely responsible. Disney was absolutely right to fire me. This wasn't a question mark. I said something they didn't like and they were quite right to fire me. There was never any argument for it. "
Gunn said he had a lot of anger at himself and did a lot of soul searching in the wake of his firing, but that in the end he would have to release that breed to heal and continue.
Gunn is excited to be able to finish the Guardians – and especially the Rocket Raccoon, a character he says he is particularly attached to – history bow that he started with the first movie, an opportunity he had cruelly accepted was lost even though Marvel had said they would still use his script for vol.3. (Marvel and Disney, for their part, hadn't met any other film directors.)
"Big is like my dog. I love Groot in a completely different way. I relate to Rocket and I feel compassion for Rocket, but I also think his story is not finished," Gunn said. "He has a bow that started in the first movie, continued into others and goes through Infinity War and Endgame, and then I would really finish that arc in the Guardians 3. It was a big loss for me – not being able to finish that story – though I got tired of the fact that they were still planning to use my script. "
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will reportedly start filming in 2020. For more on the film, check out what Kevin Feige, the stars at the MCU and the fans all had to say about Gunn's rehiring.