Time has passed, and Disney’s shocking dismissal of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is now in our collective, rear-view mirror. However, the fallout of this move is showing no signs of disappearing any time soon. The abrupt parting of studio and filmmaker (over the latter’s controversial tweets) is a constant source of debate online. And after every new development, more arguments and ethical questions arise.
Is it fair to judge someone so long after the original event? Was Disney right to fire Gunn so quickly? How much should context be considered in situations like this? And, when less-than savory characters are clearly muddying the waters for their own ends, how much should this apply?
It’s a moral minefield to be sure. Nevertheless, if Disney continues to stand by their decision, Gunn’s firing will have direct consequences on the studio that spurned him, as well as the movie industry at large. And here, we dive right into the situation and explore its vast ramifications.