Although many believe the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise should not move forward without James Gunn, the movies are too popular and too important to the overall plan for Marvel’s Cinematic Universe for the studio to either say no, or wait to see if Disney will somehow give Gunn another go. Since the news dropped that Gunn was let go by the Mouse House, and once it had become final by the studio, the biggest question has been if Gunn’s script would be used for the project, even though he was fired. For the most part, reports have stated that that is in fact the case, but thanks to Star-Lord himself, Chris Pratt, we now have an official word.
Pratt recently sat down with MTV’s Josh Horowitz, naturally, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 came up in the conversation where Horowitz got some really good concrete answers from the star. First, this is what Pratt responded with when asked if he’s seen/read the script: “Yeah. Yeah I have. It’s off the chain. It’s so good. It’s so good.” The conversation then diverted to Gunn and the status of Vol. 3, where he said the following:
“Well, I love James [Gunn],” Pratt said. “I’m loyal to James and I love him so much. And we’re gonna deliver the movie, we’re gonna give the fans what they deserve. I think it’s in the nature of the Guardians of the Galaxy to come together and get the job done and that’s what we’ll do.”
This is the exact kind of response this situation should create. If you remember, Pratt’s co-star Dave Bautista backed Gunn through the entire span of everything that happened last summer. Bautista’s efforts to support his favorite director also came with some aggressive comments that left his status with not just Guardians, but Marvel and Disney overall in a bit of doubt moving forward. Pratt may very well feel similar to how Bautista does, but he isn’t showing it and is respecting the process of the entire situation. His comments not only show that he is supporting both sides, but he knows the most important aspect of the whole thing, us fans.
As Horowitz says in his interview, Vol. 3 isn’t a question of if, rather when. This movie will happen, no matter what. While Marvel more than likely has to shift plans slightly, remember that a few years ago Gunn himself revealed that Vol. 3 would be the set-up for the next ten years of storytelling for the MCU. It’s the gateway if you will, and if Gunn’s script is in fact used, that plan is still in place, it just may take a bit longer to come to fruition.
Another very crucial piece to this is for those they bring on board to work on the film, how will they “edit” the project already in place. Marvel, but more importantly Disney will has a tough task in front of them finding the right director to take over this project. That person has to respect Gunn’s initial direction, have a similar vibe, but also put his/her own stamp on the project. It’s a very tall order, but there’s no doubt that that filmmaker is out there. Let’s also hope that whoever they get to replace Gunn for the third movie doesn’t come in on fire to do a complete overhaul with what’s already in place, especially since Pratt said “it’s off the chain.” There’s few people in the business today that can be trusted with saying “off the chain” about a project, Pratt being one of them.
What do you think of this news? First off, how do you feel about the entire Disney vs. Gunn situation? Are you happy that his script will stay in tact moving forward? Do you think Disney should push the project completely or are you glad they’re taking their time with it? What do you hope the third movie features? Sound off in the comments below! No new release date has been given to the film after being pushed from its previous date.