With his statements and jokes making references to pedophilia and molestation, the bullets from critics have continued to shower Gunn. This, however, wasn't as one-sided as most thought it would be, as both fan and celebrity circles were largely split down the middle.
There are those who completely agree with Disney on their decision and have put Gunn in the hot seat. Others have sided with Gunn through thick and thin and have wondered why Disney didn't do their research before even hiring Gunn in the first place.
"I spoke to Chris Pratt the day after it happened and he’s a bit religious so he wanted time to pray and figure it out, but I was more like: fuck this. This is bullshit. James is one of the kindest, most decent people I’ve met."
Dave Bautista also tweeted this just recently:
Bautista said Gunn had already turned in the script for the latest installment in the franchise. And just when we thought there would be no more developments in this story, one just arrived.
We are now a couple of weeks removed since James Gunn's exit was announced, but Disney apparently now wants to use Gunn's script for the second sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3.
While a deal is still in the works, we looked for all the Hollywood personalities like Dave Bautista that have Gunn's back even after his termination. Even though some key actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe such as Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hiddleston, Chadwick Boseman, Andy Serkis, Evangeline Lilly, among others have unfollowed the GOTG director, some, even people from outside the MCU dome, have continued to support him.
Comedian and actor Ricky Gervais kept it simple and uncontroversial
Chris Pratt tweeted a Bible verse from the book of James that may show how he feels about the situation:
Zoe Saldana took some time before actually issuing a statement:
Karen Gillan, who plays Nebula, only had this to say:
Shortly after, the entire cast of Guardians of the Galaxy all signed this statement in support for their beloved director. Zoe Saldana aka Gamora posted it first while Chris Pratt (Star-Lord) and Pom Klementieff (Mantis) followed days after: