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James Gunn Gets Candid About Being Fired From Disney And How Zoë Saldaña And The GOTG Vol. 3 Cast ‘Saved’ Him In The Nights After

It’s no secret that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a wildly popular franchise that spans both TV and film. But a few properties stand out as fan favorites, chief among them being Guardians of the Galaxy. The upcoming threequel is one of the most highly anticipated upcoming Marvel movies, but there was a time when the property seemed in jeopardy. James Gunn recently got candid about being fired from Disney, and how Zoë Saldaña and the rest of the Guardians cast “saved” him in the nights after.

It’s impossible to imagine the Guardians of the Galaxy movies without James Gunn, but it seemed like that might be a possibility when he was (temporarily) fired over offensive tweets from a decade ago that resurfaced. Both fans and the cast rallied around him at that time, with the actors signing a letter in solidarity with their leader. Gunn recently spoke to Empire about that time in his life and career, saying:

We went through this journey where we went into the belly of the beast, and I was thrown out – and the people that I gave life to by hiring, saved me and brought me back into the fold. They pulled me onto the life raft. And now we’re able to finish all of this together. So when they see this footage [at Comic-Con], they’re reminded of this whole emotional journey we’ve all been on.