In a shocking about-face, Deadline is reporting that Marvel Studios and Disney have reinstated James Gunn as the writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Several months after a manufactured controversy forced Disney to fire the much-loved director, Disney CEO Alan Horn has said he’s met with Gunn numerous times, and after discussion regarding his handling of the matter and public apology, the studio has opted to bring him back.
Backlash from all sides seem to have won out, as principle cast members of the previous Guardians of the Galaxy films, as well as Kevin Feige himself have stood up for Gunn in the time since. Gunn has since signed on to direct the upcoming reboot for The Suicide Squad starring Idris Elba and Margot Robbie, which still seems to be next on his busy docket.
Regardless of what happens next. It’s nice to have Gunn back at the helm of the franchise that he brought to critical acclaim.
James Gunn has confirmed on his Facebook that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be arriving in just under 3 years, setting the film firmly to release in 2020. He also confirmed that it will be titled Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 to close out the trilogy.
Marvel has already secured 2020 dates for as-yet unnamed films on May 1, August 7, and November 6, which likely puts Guardians in its now-infamous May slot to open the summer.
Disneyland’s tradition of crafting seasonal attractions will continue this year for Halloween, as California Adventure’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout will transform into Monsters After Dark this year for the autumn holiday from September 15th to October 31st.
The seasonal ride will act as a faux-sequel to the standard version, with the mission being to rescue Groot from the Collector and his various scary monsters. A new song, also titled “Monsters After Dark,” was composed for the ride by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 film composer Tyler Bates.
While we can’t honestly expect Marvel to put the D23 Infinity War footage online, as it’s likely to show next weekend at SDCC, as well. Descriptions of the footage have been running rampant, and it seems Marvel is pulling no punches in crafting an awe-inspiring finale to this massive 22-film arc they’ve crafted.
You can hit the jump for a full description of the incredible footage shown for Avengers: Infinity War at D23.
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