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UPDATE: Gunn will not be taking part in Sony’s Hall H panel this evening, as planned (via Variety).
In a shocking turn of events, even without a massive presence at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios has somehow managed to steal headlines with the news that filmmaker James Gunn, known for his first two massive “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, has been fired from the third installment by Disney.
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You read that right. James Gunn is no longer part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Wow.
Here’s the official statement from Disney chairman Alan Horn (via Deadline):
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“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him.”
This all started two days ago when Gunn inserted himself in the whole Mark Duplass/Ben Shapiro Twitter debacle. As everyone started piling on Duplass for his tweet endorsing conservative pundit Shapiro, Gunn stepped in and tweeted his support for Duplass, while also condemning Shapiro in the process.
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As you might imagine, this angered liberal-minded people who didn’t think it was a good look for Gunn to support Duplass at the time, and conservative folks who didn’t like one of their own getting insulted. To follow this up, Gunn went on a Twitter tirade against President Donald Trump about the Russia investigation. Not that this is news to anyone, as Gunn has never been shy about sharing his political beliefs. However, after putting a target on his back from the Duplass situation, people decided to scour his Twitter history. An outrage backlash, of sorts.
And let’s just...
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