The studio has not released any updates on the status of the third film since severing ties with Gunn, despite the fact that he had submitted a finished draft of the Volume 3 script before his termination.
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Gunn was sacked after a handful of almost decade-old tweets resurfaced in which he made lewd jokes pertaining to pedophilia and rape.
Disney terminated Mr. Gunn's contract in late July after his years of pedophile tweets threatened its family-friendly brand. Many viewed Disney's firing of Gunn as capitulation to Cernovich and his followers. "This is bulls--. James is one of the kindest, most decent people I've met".
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The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor concluded, "He has a wonderful heart and a wonderful mind". On the one hand, if you've spent the better part of the past decade building a character, you probably want to see that journey through to the end.
"It's sad [what happened to Mr. Gunn]", Mr. Russell, 67, said. "I hope he is forgiven".
Guardians of the Galaxy was previously set to begin shooting in Atlanta in the fall.