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Finally, some good news to report! Finally something that isn’t Green Book (2018) sneaking away with Best Picture like a thief in the night, Rotten Tomatoes’ constant fight with its own user base or just how generally awful internet fandoms have gotten in the last decade. Finally the good guys can sit back and be glad about winning one of these coordinated online takedowns of the fine folks we look up to/.
As you might recall, James Gunn was unceremoniously removed from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – both as its writer and its director – after a series of off-color (and quite frankly awful) jokes were dredged up on social media years after the fact. And, making matters even worse, as the puppet master for the cosmic side of the MCU moving into and beyond Marvel’s Phase 4 of film production, this meant that it was unclear what the future of essentially half of the MCU was going to look like going forward. Nobody wanted to be the rat to replace James Gunn as Vol. 3’s director – not even Thor: Ragnarok (2017) mastermind Taika Waititi, who solemnly insisted that “those are James Gunn’s films” – so the movie languished, directionless, for months until now.
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The thing is, though, that nobody was okay with this decision: either within the fan community that sprouted up around the Marvel movies or even those working on them. James Gunn was targeted by a mass-trolling campaign after making some critical statements about Trump, where literal internet Nazis uncovered joke tweets (that were admittedly written in poor taste) from years prior that James Gunn had already apologized for in the past. In a seemingly heartfelt apology, Gunn confessed that “I...
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