While Marvel Studios may not have made a roar at the San Diego Comic-Con that took place over the weekend, the production house caught everyone's attention after Disney fired James Gunn. The Guardians of the Galaxy director was shown the door after a series of old inappropriate tweets resurfaced.
The production house fired the director on Friday. Following the shocking news, Marvel fans began a petition to rehire Gunn and now, the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy are reacting to the shocking developments.
Star-Lord actor Chris Pratt took to Twitter and addressed the controversy by saying, "Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger. JAMES 1:19."
Gamora star Zoe Saldana also tweeted her reaction to Gunn's firing. She hinted that she still loves Gunn no matter what happened. She wrote, "It's been a challenging weekend I'm not gonna lie. I'm pausing myself to take everything in before I speak out of term. I just want everyone to know I love ALL members of my GOTG family. Always will."
Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, broke his silence over the brewing controversy and tweeted, "What will you do when the #cybernazis attack you? Who will stand by you? Who will cowardly distance themselves from you? Who will punish you for horrible JOKES in the past instead of defending you for INSPIRING millions? MILLIONS!!! #Redemption #injustice."
Bautista went on to also add, "What happened here is so much bigger then G3, @JamesGunn ,myself,@Disney etc. This was a #cybernazi attack that succeeded. Unless we start to unite together against this crap, whether people are offended are not! ...it's going to get much worse. And it can happen to anyone."
Guardians of the Galaxy and The Walking Dead star Michael Rooker took a step ahead and quit Twitter altogether. His message read, "This account will be inactive after today. We're very tired & upset over the ongoing BULLS**T... neither I nor my rep will use Twitter again. Twitter sucks and I want nothing to do with it. Thank you to all who gave kind words & support. See you on Instagram."
2/2— MichaelRookerOnline (@RookerOnline) July 22, 2018
This account will be inactive after today. We're very tired & upset over the ongoing BULLSHIT... neither I nor my rep will use Twitter again. Twitter sucks and I want nothing to do with it.
Thank you to all who gave kind words & support. See you on Instagram.
- MR pic.twitter.com/uAyIOPoAle
The message was shared on his long-operating Twitter account. "This account is no longer active. Michael Rooker has left Twitter and will not return," his account biography reads.
Sean Gunn, who is James' younger brother and also acted in Guardians of the Galaxy, came in support of the Guardians director and tweeted, "I hope it goes without saying that I love and support my brother James. And I'm quite proud of how kind, generous, and compassionate he is with the people in his life, whether they are friends, family, colleagues, fans, or strangers."
"Since he was a kid, it was clear he had a desire (maybe destiny) to be an artist, tell stories, find his voice through comics, films, his band. The struggle to find that voice was sometimes clunky, misguided, or downright stupid, and sometimes wonderful, moving, and hilarious," he added.
"I saw firsthand as he went from worrying about "softening his edge" for a larger audience to realizing that his "edge" wasn't as useful of a tool as he thought it was. That his gift for storytelling was something better. I saw that he was more open-hearted than the guy who needed to get a rise out of people by making nasty or offensive jokes (or whatever you choose to call them--I don't think his bluer material was ever his funniest and neither does Mom)," he revealed.
"In many respects this change in my brother was reflected in the change that the Guardians go through. It's part of what made working on the Guardians movies such a rewarding experience for the cast, myself included. Working on those movies made my brother a better person, and they made me one too. I'm proud of that. Peace," he tweeted.