Does this make them Fair Weather Super Friends? Two weeks ago, right-wing extremists bombarded Disney with screen caps of decade-old off-color jokes that ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director James Gunn posted on Twitter before he became famous. As these extremists had hoped, Disney terminated their relationship with Gunn, forcing him off of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3’ which he was gearing up to helm next year. Many of his peers have rallied to his support and the cast of ‘Guardians’ posted an open letter urging Disney to rehire Gunn.
Now, another, unrelated Marvel star has also voiced his support– Mike Colter, who stars on Netflix’s ‘Luke Cage’ TV series.
Hey James. I feel like in time they will reinstate you. Fingers crossed. I don’t feel like every past comment from years ago should be grounds for dismissal. Everyone is on notice now. You deserve a fresh start and a clean slate. And i bias bc you make great films♂
— Mike Colter (@realmikecolter) August 1, 2018
But while Luke Cage has Gunn’s back, two other Marvel stars are turning theirs. Quietly, Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) unfollowed Gunn on Twitter. Neither have made any statements one way or the other regarding the dredged up posts nor have Evans or Hemsworth appeared in one of Gunn’s films, so they may have simply unfollowed to avoid getting caught in the crossfire.
yes, rly pic.twitter.com/MAo54nC7cT
— jess(ica drew), venomfucker (@rogersodinson) July 31, 2018
But conspiracy theorists are already speculating that Disney has instructed its stars to distance themselves from Gunn. Still, others are buzzing that Disney may wind up rehiring Gunn, especially after so many have voiced their support. Director Scott Derrickson (‘Doctor Strange’) and actor Selma Blair have left Twitter in a show of solidarity with Gunn. There is also a change.org petition to convince Disney to rehire Gunn.
For the time being, Gunn is no longer attached to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3’, but if that changes we’ll let you know.
Source: Heroic Hollywood