The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been on a serious hot streak during Phase Three, as every single installment since Captain America: Civil War has been a critical and box office success. While this will likely continue with both Captain Marvel and Avengers 4, there are major changes happening behind the scenes. Chief among them is the recent firing of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who had shaped the little known team into fan favorite members of the greater shared universe. It's currently unclear what is going to happen with the Guardians property as a whole, but yet another member of the family has now spoken out in support of Gunn: David Hasselhoff. Hasselhoff Tweeted out some love for James Gunn on his birthday, saying:
While not explicitly referencing James Gunn's firing, and the decade old Tweets that landed him there, David Hasselhoff seems to have made his feelings clear. He made a point to say he stood by the Guardians of the Galaxy director, a sentiment that seem to be largely supported by the general fandom and cast of the franchise.
David Hasselhoff's recent Tweet will likely help fan the flames of the great James Gunn debate, especially as the future of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise remains a mystery. Since Marvel and Disney parted ways with Gunn over his incendiary tweets from years ago, there was an intense reaction from the fandom. While Gunn's missteps are clear, many believe that his firing was premature, and that the Guardians franchise simply couldn't function without his vision, direction, and script. They've even started various petitions, from hiring Gunn back, to campaigning for Thor: Ragnarok director to helm the Guardians threequel.
It's currently unclear exactly what will happen regarding Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. While the cast wrote a letter in support of James Gunn, they're likely bound to their contractual obligation to return for the pending threequel. David Bautista in particular seems unwilling to play Drax again unless Gunn's script for the film is used. But since every aspect of the franchise comes from Gunn's mind, it's unclear exactly how it could continue without him being the camera.
Ultimately, Marvel is keepings its plans after Avengers 4 under wraps for the time being, so Guardians of the Galaxy's fate is one of the many mysterious reolving around the shared universe after Phase Three.
The next installment in the MCU is Captain Marvel on March 8th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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