James Gunn cancels Comic-Con appearance in wake of fallout over old tweets

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Jul 20, 2018, 6:00 PM EDT (Updated)

The fallout continues for James Gunn, who was fired by Disney today in the wake of some offensive tweets he made several years back. 

Gunn, who had helmed the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies, was set to start production on a third before several tweets going back as far as 10 years resurfaced. In response, Disney released a statement saying they were severing all ties with the filmmaker.  

Now, according to Deadline, Gunn won't be making an appearance at Sony's San Diego Comic-Con's Hall H session. Though he was never officially confirmed to attend, the session was going to take a look at several upcoming Sony projects, including Into the Spider-Verse and Venom. Another project slated for promotion is an as-yet-untitled horror film that Gunn had helped produce.

Tuesday of this week, Gunn hinted very strongly that he'd be making an appearance.

Last night, Gunn tweeted out a short thread explaining his past behavior, classifying himself as a one-time provocateur.

"As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor," wrote Gunn. 

As of right now, it's unclear how this news will affect the untitled Sony horror project, or who will replace Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3., and if the project will be delayed due to the search. The MCU's cosmic superteam became an unlikely success for the studio, thanks largely to what Gunn had brought to the franchise. 

We'll keep providing updates as this story continues to develop. 

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