It was previously reported that James Gunn would enter talks with Disney and Marvel Studios concerning his abrupt firing after a number of offensive tweets from years ago resurfaced. As a result, rumors began circling that there was a possibility that Gunn may return to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. However, it has just been announced that Disney will stand by their decision to fire Gunn and he will not be reinstated for the final installment of Guardians of the Galaxy.
The news comes after Gunn met with studio chairman Alan Horn after he was let go nearly a month ago. After Gunn was released by Disney widespread support for the director began especially from the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy. The stars expressed their support for the director over social media and through a letter signed by the whole cast.
It is assumed that Marvel and Disney will continue their search for a new director to helm the film. As of now, it is unknown if this will upset the film’s schedule as it was meant to go into production at the start of 2019. It has been stated that Gunn’s script will be used for the film but it is possible the new director will add their own edits.