Ever since James Gunn was booted from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3's director's seat following an unearthing of decade-old offensive tweets, the franchise's stars have been rallying for him to return. While it's unlikely to happen, Gunn may reportedly get a gig directing another film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. An anonymous Hollywood Reporter source said Marvel is still in talks with Gunn. "An end-all verdict hasn’t been issued and conversations with Marvel are still ongoing," the magazine explains.
Even if it doesn't happen, it seems Gunn has plenty of options outside of Disney. Another "senior executive at a rival studio" told THR they would "work with him in a heartbeat" while a different studio exec said he or she has "been advised that we can’t bring anything to him until the Disney matter is 100 percent resolved."
As for GOTG, Dave Bautista threatened to quit if they don't use Gunn's script and called working with Disney "pretty nauseating." Luckily for Drax fans, it seems Disney still has plans to use his script with another director. Regardless, THR says "experienced talent reps estimate that due to the unique situation, Gunn could receive a payout of $7 million to $10 million, if not potentially higher."
Bautista is far from the only one supporting Gunn too. After the cast released an open letter rallying for Gunn's return, Kurt Russell, who played Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, also showed support for Gunn since he thinks he was doing a comedian's exercise of "stretching the boundaries."
Gunn was fired after a series of controversial tweets resurfaced showing him joking about pedophilia and rape.