Why Disney Fired James Gunn as Director But Are Keeping Him as Writer

It's Almost Impossible To Get Gunn's Name Off At This Point

These aren't unique situations, either. Tons of movies have similarly complicated writing credits, and the one thing that's clear is writing the original story gives a writer a massive benefit when it comes to determining credit. Not only did Gunn submit that first draft, but if Disney decided to have someone rewrite it they'd be concluding a story established by Gunn through the last 2 films. It's virtually impossible to get the Gunn out of the Guardians at this point, and writing a story with that intent is sure to be an abysmal failure, just for the sake of keeping him out of the credits.

If the options are rewriting the entire script with the intent of getting Gunn out of the credits - but having him probably credited anyway - and just embracing Gunn's script as the conclusion of his Guardians trilogy, but with a different director showing their face in interviews, the second option makes the most sense for Disney.

Related: Why Rehiring James Gunn Is Harder For Disney Than Fans Realize

Outside of those two options, Disney's only alternates are to cancel the movie altogether - which won't happen - or to simply roll the characters into another movie, like Thor 4, as secondary characters. While the latter sounds like a cool opportunity, and should maybe be considered on its own merit, will not be an effective way to wrap up the ongoing story arcs for each of the Guardians.

Of course, there's always the possibility that Disney doesn't truly want to part ways with Gunn and firing him as director is merely a public facing move, while keeping him as writer - where his most valuable talent lies anyway - as a way of keeping him involved in the MCU.

There's always been a possibility Disney could bring Gunn back, but it seems like that's not the case at this point. Thanks to the hasty firing, bringing him back is far more complicated than it would have been, had Disney taken a more measured approach been. Despite seemingly significant public support, at least on social media, Disney is stubbornly sticking by its decision.

Guardians of the Galaxy 3 doesn't have a release date yet, but summer 2020 was the most likely bet before Gunn's firing. If Disney and Marvel don't want to push that release date back, a new director will need to be found before long. Disney's rush to fire Gunn may have resulted in them finding their back against a wall, considering it will be next to impossible to get his name out of the credits entirely. In an effort to avoid scrutiny over Gunn's tweets, it seems like Disney's decisionmaking has resulted in the conversation centering on Gunn anyway, and they can't even successfully get him out of the credits.

MORE: Screen Rant's Thoughts On James Gunn's Firing

Key Release Dates
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
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