James Gunn, who directed the first two Marvel hits, has been taken off the third film after old tweets covering 9/11 and rape were resurfaced

James Gunn has been fired as director of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise after a series of offensive tweets have resurfaced.

The 51-year-old film-maker had been behind the first two Marvel hits and was working on the script for the third. Tweets of his from 2008 and 2009 were discovered by the conservative site the Daily Caller that made light of rape, pedophilia, 9/11 and the Holocaust. Gunn has been vocal in his criticism of Donald Trump, tweeting last year that the US is in “a national crisis with an incompetent president”.

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