Those who have come out in support of fired Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn include the entire cast of the Marvel film series he helmed and plenty of adjacent actors and industry players. Now the director whose years-old, controversial tweets joking about pedophilia and more saw Disney sever ties with him can add the star of Netflix’s Luke Cage to the over 350,000 people supporting his reinstatement.
Mike Colter reached out to Gunn on Twitter early on Wednesday, offering words of support to the embattled director:
“Hey James. I feel like in time they will reinstate you,” Colter writes. “Fingers crossed. I don’t feel like every past comment from years ago should be grounds for dismissal. Everyone is on notice now. You deserve a fresh start and a clean slate. And i bias bc you make great films.”
Colter brings up the same point that has been emphasized by many defending the filmmaker: if every joke made in the past is “grounds for dismissal,” then what chance is there to show personal and professional growth? As the thought goes, if you're only judged by your "worst" moment, it could create a slippery slope moving forward.
Without Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’s 2020 release could still happen with someone else at the helm — but that’s also a lot of time to decide to bring someone back.