Disney fired Gunn, who was slated to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, on July 20 for "offensive attitudes and statements" he made on Twitter between 2009 and 2012.
Gunn tweeted a five-part apology on July 19, and a statement was given to ABC News on July 20 in which the director took responsibility for his actions and said he understood the business decision made by Disney.
Since news broke of the dismissal, at least 50 different petitions have been started on change.org, with the vast majority urging the Disney-Marvel machine to get Gunn back on board for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Others are petitioning for Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi to take the reins.
Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in the Guardians franchise, tweeted his support for Gunn on Saturday, stating he's "NOT ok" with what's happening to him.
Others who leaped to Gunn's defense include Rick and Morty creator
and Sean Gunn, the director's brother, who plays Kraglin in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Just so I don’t have to keep typing this over and over: I’m not defending his old jokes. Only read one anyway. It’s that he was fired over OLD tweets intended as (bad) jokes... it’s a crazy concept and I’m just saying: no more R rated jar jar binks movie. Im walking. Peace.— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) July 20, 2018
The third installment in Marvel's intergalactic superhero franchise was set to be released in 2020, but Disney and Marvel have not yet made an announcement as to who will replace Gunn as director.
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