At this point Disney should be looking at the longview, and making sure that this whole mess is as invisible as possible when audiences are watching the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy 50 years from now, and their best option within that perspective is using Gunn's screenplay. But there remains an issue of Gunn's exit negotiations with Disney, which are proving more complicated than his sudden firing would suggest.
Warner Bros. and DC especially are reportedly interested in recruiting Gunn if he were to part ways with Disney. One senior executive is even quoted as saying "I'd work with him in a heartbeat".
Although Barr's tweets are new and about an actual person, Disney is aware it will look weak and hypocritical if it backs down and rehires Gunn.
The former shepherd of Marvel's cosmic universe - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 included - was abruptly fired on July 20th when a collection of gross and inappropriate tweets resurfaced. Although if he's going to continue criticising Disney, it certainly wouldn't be a surprise if he does end up following Gunn out of the door.
Yet the most tantalizing aspect of this anonymously sourced information from THR is that there is allegedly still some murmurs that a reconciliation between Gunn and the House of Mickey could be reached.
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THR reports Disney and Marvel declined their request for comment on the matter.
Read the Den of Geek SDCC 2018 Special Edition Magazine Here! And Gunn publicly refused to defend them, accepting his firing in his lone Twitter statement, and apologizing again.
Gunn, who was set to director the third installment of the popular superhero science fiction franchise, was sacked July 20 after decade-old tweets resurfaced in which he joked about topics including pedophilia and rape.
This would be a huge development, though not entirely surprising - with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 still supposedly scheduled for a 2020 release with plans to go into production this fall, Disney is under a tight schedule and likely can't afford to rewrite the script and risk throwing their entire movie slate off schedule.