Disney’s dismissal earlier this year of Guardians for the Galaxy writer-director and Marvel Cosmic Universe mastermind James Gunn over some decade-old tweets left a bitter taste in the mouths of several fans of the popular comic book franchise. After all the negative fallout following a decision some felt was overly hasty, it looks like Disney may not be done with Gunn, after all.
In the run-up to his appearance at November’s Tulsa Pop Culture Expo, Guardians mainstay (and James Gunn’s brother), Sean Gunn, spoke to Tulsa World about the future of the series, and it was (mostly) good news.
A production date for the third installment in the series has yet to be confirmed, but Gunn did say, “I know that Disney still wants to make the movie. I know that they have every intention of using the script that my brother wrote.”
Using the script initially provided by the man who re-imagined the space epic and left an indelible thumbprint on the Marvel Cinematic Universe might seem like a small victory. In reality, it’s a big step in the right direction. By sticking with his Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 script, Disney is signaling that they’re on board for reconciliation with James Gunn.
Some time still needs to pass, and we may never see Gunn resume his rightful place as the Russo Bros’ second in command, but today’s revelation means Disney is testing the waters of fan response, potentially with some far-flung plan in mind.
Hell, even if they’re not, using Gunn’s original script means that the Guardians’ small pocket of the MCU will stay true to its foundations.