Over the last decade of filmmaking, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become a well oiled machine. The behemoth franchise continually produces critical and financial successes, with every movie in Phase Three a bonafide hit. But the MCU isn't completely without controversy, especially when it comes to the firing of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. Gunn was canned after offensive tweets from years ago resurfaced, putting the future of the Guardians franchise in jeopardy. While the entire cast has thrown their support behind the director, there has been no louder voice than Dave Bautista aka Drax the Destroyer. After a new report indicated Guardians 3 wouldn't be using Gunn's draft, Bautista once again took to Twitter, posting:
Dave Bautista is seriously unhappy with what's happening with the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. And considering that James Gunn thus far hasn't been rehired or given the keys back to the property, it's unclear if the full cast will stick around to complete the trilogy.
Dave Bautista's most recent Tweet proves how steadfast he is in his belief, and the defense of James Gunn. Gunn took the motley crew of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and made them mainstream, largely through the infusion of the director's own sensibility and humor. Imagining Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 being helmed by someone else feels unnatural, especially without Gunn's original draft of the threequel.
Out of the entire Guardians cast, Dave Bautista seems the most likely to walk out of his role in the franchise, as well as the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. He'd previously expressed how he wouldn't do Guardians 3 without James Gunn's script, which is likely the cause for his most recent tweet storm. We'll just have to wait for an official confirmation from Marvel, and see how Bautista reacts to what could very well be more bad news.
In the throws of San Diego-Comic Con last month, James Gunn was suddenly fired by Disney, after incendiary tweets from up to a decade ago resurfaced, and caused massive outrage. And with offensive tweets costing Roseanne Barr her career and sitcom, the precedent was set for this type of swift action. But since Gunn's ideas and humor are so infused in the Guardians franchise, it may be time for Marvel to put the property to bed for the foreseeable future.
You can check out Dave Bautista as Drax in Avengers: Infinity War, which is now available digitally and on Blu-ray. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
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