Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

James Gunn back in charge of Guardians film following tweet row

James Gunn (Ian West/PA)
James Gunn (Ian West/PA)

James Gunn has been rehired as director of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 months after previously losing that position over old tweets.

Representatives for the Walt Disney Co and for Gunn on Friday confirmed that he has been reinstated as writer-director of the Marvel franchise he has guided from the start.

Gunn was fired last July over tweets from nearly a decade ago in which he joked about subjects like paedophilia and rape.

Gunn earlier apologised for the tweets, which he called “unfortunate efforts to be provocative”.

Disney chairman Alan Horn at the time said Gunn’s words were inconsistent with the studio’s values.

The comments, made from 2008 to 2011, were brought to light by far-right propagandists Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec who combed through Gunn’s social media history after Gunn’s criticism of President Donald Trump.

But Gunn’s dismissal was passionately protested by many.

Fan petitions circulated online.

The Guardians cast, including Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and other stars, supported Gunn in an open letter.

“Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man,” Pratt said.

Chris Hemsworth’s Thor hammer to be sold at auction
A helmet worn in Guardians Of The Galaxy (Prop Store/PA)

Gunn has since signed on to write and direct the next instalment of Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad for the Marvel rival DC Comics.

That film is to shoot in the autumn and be released in August 2021.

A Disney spokesman declined to comment on when Guardians 3 might go into production.

The first two films have made more than 1.5 billion US dollars in worldwide ticket sales.

Deadline first reported Gunn’s rehiring.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]