Monday Movie Report: Recapping the James Gunn news

After several months of silence, Disney has turned on its decision to fire James Gunn from the third “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie.

According to DeadlineAccording to Deadline, Disney, which owns Marvel Studios, has reinstated Gunn as both the writer and director of the third “Guardians” picture. Gunn was initially fired from the project in July 2018, after several posts on Twitter were dug up and shared, creating a negative perception of the director.

Deadline reports officials from Disney and Marvel had meetings with Gunn since the July decision and over time, decided to reverse it. Before his firing, Gunn had penned a script for the third “Guardians” movie. However, the movie is still some time away, as Marvel focuses on “Avengers Endgame.”

In the time since then, Gunn was also hired to write and direct a “Suicide Squad” movie for Warner Bros., which owns DC Comics. Deadline states Marvel has agreed to start production on the third “Guardians” after the new “Suicide Squad” is wrapped.

The next “Suicide Squad” won’t be a sequel to the 2016 anti-hero picture. Instead, Digital Spy reports that it will be a full reboot. More details on the picture are expected in the next several weeks.


At the weekend box office it was another Marvel movie enjoying some success. “Captive Marvel” earned $67.9 million at its second weekend, continuing its strong theatrical performance.

The full top five was:

1. Captain Marvel – $67,988,130
2. Wonder Park – $15,853,646
3. Five Feet Apart – $13,190,286
4. How to Train Your Dragon 3 – $9,277,310
5. A Madea’s Family Funeral – $7,836,167

For the upcoming weekend, movies include the horror film “Us” and the action thriller “Hotel Mumbai.

On the small screen, meanwhile, home releases are:

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, my rating: 4.25 out of 5 (2018 Top 10), Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 4.38 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%
  • Mary Poppins Returns, my rating: 2.65 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.8 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 79%

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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