What James Gunn learned from being fired by Marvel – .

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What James Gunn learned from being fired by Marvel – .


In a recent interview, Suicide Squad director James Gunn told The New York Times about, among other things, the Twitter controversy in 2018 that temporarily fired him from Marvel. The article precedes the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, which is finally set to hit theaters and HBO Max on August 6.

As the New York Time article relates, Gunn found out one day in July 2018 that he was all the rage on Twitter – and not for good reason. Internet sleuths had surfaced a series of tweets from the Guardian of the Galaxy filmmaker, which included several jokes or deliberately rude and offensive comments on a number of sensitive topics, including the Holocaust, 9/11, AIDS, pedophilia and rape. But, Gunn says, it wasn’t immediately clear whether there would be any repercussions on those tweets.

“I called Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios president] in the morning it was going on, and I said, ‘Is that a big deal?’ Gunn said. “He said, ‘I don’t know.’ It was a moment. I was like, ‘You don’t know?’ “

Gunn said he finally got a call from Feige “in shock” with more definitive news and “it looked like it was all gone… I was never going to be able to work again. This is what I felt. The interview explores his path back and the lessons learned from those experiences, including some thoughts on how he tries to hold himself much more accountable. He also brings up being only the second director to work on both a DC and Marvel film – and hints that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (released in May 2023) will likely be his last superhero movie in at least some time. It is worth reading in full.

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