Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Marvel Studios

It's safe to say Drax and Yondu are taking this loss the hardest.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn was fired on Friday after several old jokes on pedophilia and rape resurfaced on Twitter. Since then, "Thor: Ragnarok" director Taika Waititi has been mentioned as a favorite to replace Gunn, but only by people who have accepted the decision.

So far, more than 180,000 people have signed a petition to Disney to rehire James Gunn. His most vocal supporters out there -- besides his brother, "Guardians" actor Sean Gunn -- appear to be GotG actors Dave Bautista (Drax) and Michael Rooker (Yondu).

Bautista was the first to tweet that he was "NOT ok" with Gunn's firing. He shared more reaction over the weekend, and Michael Rooker announced that he was quitting Twitter and would stick to Instagram. They were joined by several other voices from the GotG family:

Michael Rooker deleted his tweets, because he deleted his entire account, but he had posted about leaving Twitter because Twitter sucks and he was sick of this "BULLSH*T." He told fans to just follow him on Instagram.


James Gunn had issued a statement after he was fired, accepting the decision:

"My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.

Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.”

James Gunn had been working on a script for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3," which Marvel Studios scheduled to film early next year for its scheduled 2020 release.  Now everything is a question mark.

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