The Marvel Cinematic Universe is largely a well-oiled machine, but it's not without occasional controversy. During the third phase, everything ran smoothly until Guardians of the Galaxy director / author James Gunn was suddenly fired by Disney. That decision was made when Gunn's offensive tweets from a decade later reappeared, forcing Marvel to part with his most visionary director.
Since then, the future of the Guardian of the Galaxy franchise is unclear, it's almost unimaginable that the group works without Gunn's voice and perspective. Guardians 3 was postponed indefinitely, and the cast has expressed its support for its director. Karen Gillan (aka Nebula) recently spoke with the franchise's current status, hoping that the Threequel will eventually happen, saying:
Per Karen Gillan's recent appearance on the shoot this now podcast looks as if not even Nebula herself knows what's going on at Marvel Studios. The situation with James Gunn is new territory for the franchise, and it is particularly complicated because of the particular director and franchise involved.
Considering how long the MCU has released movies, directors have been replaced quite often. Franchise lovers such as Captain America Iron Man and Thor have been relatively easily overtaken, without there being any major disruption to the overall story. But most of the features are not Guardians of the Galaxy .
The gruff ensemble project made serious money when it debuted in 2014, introducing a lesser known group of Marvel characters to a broader public. James Gunn has brought his perspective, his sense of humor, his taste in music and even his dance moves in both films of the franchise – a method that has worked like Gangbuster.
So James Gunn was suddenly fired by Disney as the Guardians franchise could be dead. How could it work without Gunn? The director has also recently completed his first draft of Guardians 3 script, and it is unclear whether this will be used for the development of the Threquel. Actor Dave Bautista has claimed he would leave his role if Gunn's draft was not used, so a lot of balls in the air are the fan's favorite object.
The Guardians of the Galaxy including Nebula Return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe when Avengers 4 will be released on May 3, 2019. In the meantime, see our 2019 release list for your New Year travel plans.