Director James Gunn has been removed from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Disney have confirmed.
Tweets containing offensive jokes that the 51-year-old had sent came to light, prompting him to be fired from the Marvel franchise.
The material contained in the offending tweets appeared to make jokes about rape and paedophilia.
Responding online in a series of tweets, Gunn – who has written and directed both Guardians movies and has also worked on the Avengers franchise – said he “used to make a lot of offensive jokes” and that he was “very, very different than I was a few years ago”.
1. Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.
5. Anyway, that’s the completely honest truth: I used to make a lot of offensive jokes. I don’t anymore. I don’t blame my past self for this, but I like myself more and feel like a more full human being and creator today. Love you to you all.
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