It's been a banner week for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Captain Marvel (opens in new tab) slammed the box office records in an amazing Brie Larson-led adventure, we got another detail-filled trailer (opens in new tab) for Avengers: Endgame (opens in new tab), and now the once-fired James Gunn has returned to helm Guardians of the Galaxy 3 (opens in new tab).
Gunn was fired after a number of controversial tweets were uncovered last year (though he had apologized for them long before this recent outcry). Immediately after his dismissal, fans, other notable filmmakers, and the Guardians stars themselves spoke out against Marvel's decision to let the director go. Now that he's back, fans went all-out on Twitter to celebrate the return of their favorite MCU director.
It started off with simple celebrations:
My LAWDT!- Captain Marvel doing Phenomenal at the BO- Disney/Fox deal officially closing on Wednesday- Avengers Endgame trailer dropping and exploding my heart- And now James Gunn has been rehired and is doing Guardians 3It's just #TooMuuch pic.twitter.com/cP6nD5jf2tMarch 15, 2019
James Gunn walkin' street after been rehired for GOTG vol.3 pic.twitter.com/TscRUmnBIhMarch 16, 2019
Some even talked about Disney's acquisition of Fox and how it could play into Guardians 3:
When you realize that James Gunn can now use Galactus, Silver Surfer, Annihilus, the Badoon, the Brood, and even the Starjammers in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3: pic.twitter.com/asgtFEQZ8uMarch 15, 2019
Thor: Ragnarok (opens in new tab) director Taika Waititi even got in some good-natured ribbing:
What the hell?? I thought I was going to do it!! https://t.co/Emdfiw6OpaMarch 15, 2019
Oh, we can dream…
Finally, some big jokes that really resonated:
A video how Batista got James Gunn rehired. pic.twitter.com/enjzao5VSAMarch 16, 2019
To all the haters for not liking James Gunn getting rehired and re-directing guardians of the galaxy part 3....... pic.twitter.com/JLjx6DCo04March 15, 2019
Marvel when firing Gunn vs Marvel after James Gunn was hired by DC pic.twitter.com/tyasUrRlDRMarch 15, 2019
After the initial news broke, Gunn made a heartfelt statement thanking his supporters and addressing some criticism he'd received over the past few months:
pic.twitter.com/gdMQjlqIjsMarch 15, 2019
If you're eager for more Guardians of the Galaxy action, be sure to check out this Captain Marvel fan theory (opens in new tab).