As it stands, Gunn hasn't accepted any offers and unless Disney makes a historic about-turn on its decision, he'll likely start to fill up his dancecard with work without the billion-dollar trilogy he helped to create. Now, Disney and Marvel have reportedly put the film's production on hold indefinitely.
According to Deadline, the "small crew that was assembled for pre-production in Atlanta, GA on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 have been dismissed in the wake of James Gunn's firing", while "the threequel is on a temporary hold as the studio searches for another director on the project which Gunn scripted".
Those crew members, numbering less than 20, have been told that they are free to look for other work, a source told Variety on Friday.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 had slayed the box office game and had set cash registers ringing with its impressive worldwide total of 863.8 million dollars. Pre-production would have gone into full swing in the fall.
The Hollywood Reporters quoted their source who said: "The timeline has been pushed out".
Do you think James Gunn should be rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? This decision received criticism and outrage not only from Marvel fans, but also the cast and crew of Guardians of the Galaxy who noted that they were explicitly not defending the jokes, but the man Gunn is years - nearly a decade for some - after the tweets were made. The Guardians of the Galaxy cast even signed a petition asking Disney to reinstate Gunn.
Actor Bautista, who plays the alien warrior Drax, has continued to show his disappointment on social media and tagged Disney in a tweet featuring disturbing clips of Mike Cernovich, one of the conservative figures who led a campaign to get Gunn fired.