We all know by now that Disney fired James Gunn a little over a month ago. They fired him while he was in the middle of writing the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.3 script. The movie is supposed to be out by 2020, however, the filming has been put on hold. The question is, what caused Gunn to be fired and why was it so significant for him? The answer is simple. 

While he was making jokes, they were clearly not in good taste; they had to do with rape and pedophilia. They were clearly not meant to be an issue — and they were over a decade old — they were still terrible to see. Most of us can understand why Disney and Marvel Studios cut ties with him. It makes sense. However, we can discuss the planned attempt to cut ties with his script.

This is something that no one seems to like, even those in heavy favor of removing James Gunn from the franchise. He is forever cemented in it regardless of what happens now, as he is part of the first two GUARDIANS films and consulted on the recent AVENGERS movies. The people most against it seem to be the cast.

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James Gunn at GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 premiere. [Image via James Gunn-Facebook]
Look, we all get it; what Gunn said is clearly wrong. If Marvel Studios feels they can find a better guy or girl for the director’s chair, more power to them. However, no one seems to know this group of heroes and their universe better than James Gunn. The first two films proved this.

The cast seemed to be in heavy agreement to keep the script Gunn made for the third installment. The most vocal about this was obviously Dave Bautista, who threatened to walk away if Gunn’s script was canned. Though calmer now, he said it was “nauseating” to work for Disney after they fired James. Saying in a recent Twitter post:

“I will do what I’m legally obligated to do, but ‘Guardians’ without James Gunn is not what I signed up for. “‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ without James Gunn just isn’t ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ It’s also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists [and] cyber-nazis. That’s just how I feel.”

About that smear campaign and cyber-nazi situation? Dave isn’t lying. The man who would get James Gunn fired is an Alt-Right media man by the name of Mike Cernovich. He is a well-known conspiracy theorist as well, and not a good one either. This has landed him on shows like Alex Jones’ INFO WARS. You know, that guy who saw full shows of his dropped by Apple, Facebook, Google, and YouTube due to the harmful crap he has been saying?

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The Man Who Got James Gunn Fired Is Not Clean Himself

James Gunn whistleblower Mike Cernovich
Mike Cernovich has been a frequent contributor to Info Wars, a show that has since been removed by every major online outlet. [Image via InfoWars.com]
Mike was a frequent guest here and conservative media outlets like FOX News. However, even they were not the biggest fans of him. Cernovich is clearly responsible for Gunn’s exit over the rape and pedophilia tweets. The funniest part of all this? Mike has several rape tweets himself, of which are not even joking most of the time.

We looked into this a bit, and it’s pretty clear he is not the best human being around. Mike is sort of a smart man. He managed to delete his tweets a while ago. He didn’t think that would actually work, did he? Good attempt, but websites were able to uncover several from him.

We’ll only go over a few to prove the point:

“Date rape does not exist. Have you guys ever tried ‘raping’ a girl without using force? Try it. It’s basically impossible.”

“Do a Google image search for ‘lions mating.’ That’s basically rape and it’s also the natural form of sex.”

Yes, you read this right. This man, responsible for the exit of James Gunn, also has rape supporting tweets out there. Oh, and you’ll love this. Mike Cernovich was actually accused of rape in 2003, according to The New Yorker. Charges over this would later remain reduced. Notice we said “reduced” and not “dropped.” A judge gave him a misdemeanor battery charge instead. Classy!

James Gunn Being Fired Is Completely Political

James Gunn on Twitter
James Gunn is known to call out President Trump and his supporters when they are wrong. [Image via James Gunn-Twitter]
It’s not really going to be hard to figure out that people such as Mike Cernovich are bad human beings. This we just went over is only a small taste of the man overall. We encourage you to look into him further, as you’ll find even more stuff we simply cannot go over here. There was a reason Mike was even looking into James Gunn and his past.

Gunn is an avid social media guy. One of the things people know him for here is his Anti-Trump tweets. He is among many in the United States who is not a fan of President Donald Trump. We are not going to really get into that. Mike wanted to look into him and make Gunn’s life a living hell. This is why he had to dig up decade-old social media posts. Mike’s tweets we reference date back to 2012 and 2013 btw. We let you know this so you have a time reference in comparison to the two.

Mike, like many Alt-Right people, are heavy supporters of the President. We cannot imagine why. Due to this, any celebrity who is against him is a target. James Gunn is not the first or last to be a target for them. This is why Dave Bautista was spot on when he called out Disney for firing Gunn and giving into the Cyber-Nazis. They are, literally, what Dave said they are! This is an unwinnable position for Disney regardless. So no one really blames them.

They aren’t FOX, remember.

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James Gunn’s Script Tied Into AVENGERS 4

James Gunn and the Guardians
There is a plan to include several new cosmic characters in James Gunn’s script, tying it to the big MCU picture. [Image via Marvel Studios]
James Gunn seemed to have some ambitious goals for the Guardians of the Galaxy in their third installment of the franchise. It appears that AVENGERS 4 will do something that will lead them into the GUARDIANS movie. It is uncertain what that is, but we know what we know about this due to the man all over the media lately, Dave Bautista. He has been talking about the concept that some issues may arise in changing the script because of links to AVENGERS 4.

He claimed in a recent interview with DIGITAL SPY:

“It’s kind of a strange situation to be in now where we’ve lost our director for Guardians. Guardians 3 is really up in the air, and I don’t know what they’re going to do with it. It’s on permanent hold for now. And that may make a difference in what they do with our characters in Avengers 4. To be honest with you, right now I really don’t know.”

He’d later say on GOOD MORNING BRITAIN:

“But I know I’m in Avengers 4. I’ve shot most of it already. I do have two days of reshoots. But other than that, I have some really great scenes that I hope they use. But I guess that it remains to be seen what they’ll do with the characters.”

An impact on the universe is clear from the idea that we can, in theory, lose the current Guardians in AVENGERS 4. But why? There is no reason to ruin an entire franchise here. Gunn’s script was a MAJOR thing for the MCU.

What Did James Gunn Have Planned?

James Gunn's possible Adam Warlock
Among many possible for James Gunn’s third Guardians film was the always impressive Adam Warlock [Image by ArtStation-Kode LGX inspired by Marvel Comics’ Adam Warlock creation]
James Gunn seemed to be someone that Marvel Studios put a lot behind. They wanted to expand into their cosmic heroes and villains more. This meant that they needed to find a guy who could help lead them into that direction, and with Gunn already being the Guardians guy… he was the perfect person. The real issue here is that Gunn’s script is so important to the MCU that they could never completely change it; however, it needed to have some alterations to make it different.

Gunn himself said that this would be the last movie the original Guardians team would be together. The reason for this was that they planned to introduce several new characters in GUARDIANS VOL. 3. Gunn claimed that this would set up the MCU “for the next 10 to 12 years.” This is a pretty big deal. We do know they planned to add a lot of new characters that people know about. One of the most prominent being Adam Warlock. Gunn did not have plans for any of the FOX characters in his script.

At the time of writing it, the deal with them was not really a thing. What if they back out of the deal too? This meant that he had a conservative script that would have included several notable people in the universe. Due to 2020 being the time it would come out, an end-credits scene could likely include a character absorbed from FOX.

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Wrapping It Up With A Nice Bow…

James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy
The current team of the Guardians would have concluded in the third installment [Image via Marvel Studios]
James Gunn and his elaborate script to lead the MCU into another direction would be massive. However, Gunn at one point did not even know if he would be writing it. It was not until a little while after the second film released that he knew. This meant he had years to put this together in time for a 2020 release date. It would be far tougher for a re-write to occur now, especially one that would include all the same characters needed for upcoming MCU films.

With Gunn knowing the universe and characters so well and his success in previous movies, it would be insane to take his script out altogether. Obviously, some changes can occur, but no matter who they add to the movie, they will not bring what Gunn brought. The question for Disney to answer is, would it be smart to cut ties with Gunn’s script just to remove his name from any upcoming projects? Is it THAT important?

Seriously, fans would like to know. Even those who celebrated his firing had to acknowledge the success he had with the movies. Now, the plans must be in place to keep the core direction Gunn had at the very least. They’ll also need to know what worked for James and how they could make it happen again if they changed it up. As of now, it’s uncertain when or even if a third movie will come. But if it’s as important to the MCU as Gunn claimed, it’s certainly going to happen.

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