Marvel Comics, now owned by Disney, has set a dangerous trend. With the firing of James Gunn for past tweets, Disney let the despicable trolls of the internet know that if they were loud enough, acted outraged enough, smelled bad enough in front of the noses of the right people, then they could control Disney’s (and therefore Marvel’s) social media policies, all without ever actually declaring an official social media policy. 6 years past since James Gunn made some vulgar tweets, which he then apologized for years later, only to be punished for this year. And now Marvel has caved to similar declarations made by similar trolls to who got Gunn fired from GotG Vol 3. The target of the anti-fans ire this time? Chuck Wendig.
It’s been a few months now since Disney made the irrational, irresponsible, illogical, unintelligent, and emphatically BAD decision to give James Gunn the boot from directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, despite continuing to use his script. Many fans have discussed the other projects that Gunn could possibly direct – more than a few suggested he go to WB/DC. Now there are whispers that Gunn may be doing just that… Which movie could Gunn be directing? Which movie would you like to see him direct?
After the firing of James Gunn for, admittedly offensive, old tweets that Gunn already apologized for 6 years ago, many have been outspoken against Disney’s knee-jerk decision. But none have been quite as outspoken as Dave Bautista, Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy. Bautista has, on frequent occasion, called Disney out for its rash and hasty decision to fire Gunn, calling for Gunn’s reinstatement and tweeting at Disney with tweets directing them to the man behind the movement to get Gunn fired, conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich.
Disney is known for their squeaky clean, family-friendliness. There are parents throughout American who trust Disney with protecting their children from anything obscene or inappropriate, to the point of allowing their children to watch only Disney films exclusively. It’s this image that Disney wants to preserve, and in doing so fired James Gunn for a series of jokes that were, admittedly, off-color, black humor that wasn’t appropriate for public consumption. But when we look closer at Disney’s not-so-distant past, the company and the man it’s named for aren’t so squeaky-clean either. As fans, family, and friends clamor for Gunn to be given a second chance we look back on Disney’s own sordid past. How many chances has The House of Mouse been given?
A decade ago, Guardians of the Galaxy director, James Gunn, made some offensive tweets and ran an offensive blog. About 6 years ago, he was called out on it by Tumblr users and The Mary Sue. This week the internet dragged it all back up. This time, the outcry was bigger. This time, despite already apologizing some years ago, actively working towards being a better person, his past bit Gunn in the ass – big time. What started the 2nd Coming of his offensive tweets? What fate did Gunn meet and how did he meet it?
If there’s one thing James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies have going for them, it’s a love and appreciation for some amazing music from the ’70s and ’80s… Ok, there are also some amazing characters, story structures, CGI effects, and a hell of a lot more, but those Awesome Mixes are, well, AWESOME! Fans who purchase a copy of the second film for their home collections will be treated to an additional feature that music lovers and fans of the film will absolutely die for: a special music video made just for the fans and it stars David Hasselhoff because… well, he’s the Hof!
After a very successful theatrical run ($860.6 million USD!) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set to household screens (legally) later this month. Of course this means that the James Gunn directed smarmy spaceman/talking tree/angry trash panda sequel will hit digital and physical video packed with bonus features and deleted scenes, right? Of course! and you can check out one of those features, the gag reel, here, Now! BELOW! (more…)
Dear Internet, James Gunn is not and is not planning to shoot a Howard the Duck movie. No matter how much we all wish he would. Today’s story is just another “Hey the Internet says…” type of story that started with a simple tweet, that lead to a bunch of tweets, that lead to a couple of James Gunn tweets. Follow the bread crumb trail of tweets below. (more…)
Most people would like assume that you’d have to be a pretty smart cookie to be the creative mind behind some of the biggest, most popular movies of the modern age. It stands to reason that if you can write a deep and gripping story set in a well developed world that spans universes, starring a diverse cast of complex and interesting characters – not just once, but time and time again – you’re probably quite intelligent. Then there are other people who assume that it doesn’t take too much common sense to have the creative output of someone like James Gunn and that it wouldn’t be all that hard to trick them. (more…)
There is no denying that the two Guardians of the Galaxy movies released so far are some of not just Marvel‘s biggest hits, but some of the most exciting and brilliant films of the contemporary superhero genre. While there are only a handful of little tweaks here and there that even the pickiest nerd would dare to suggest, the creators themselves have hinted multiple times now about the little – and not so little – differences that they almost made. Almost always, these differences would’ve been incredible to see had they made it into the final cut. (more…)