LOS ANGELES – Disney takes back James Gunn, the creative force behind the movie consumer "Guardians of the Galaxy", behind his controversial decision in July to shoot the filmmaker for offensive jokes he wrote on Twitter several years ago.  Tweets by Gunn, who wrote and directed the Marvel superhero film "Guardians of the Galaxy" in 2014 and delivered a smash follower in 2017, contained jokes about pedophilia, AIDS, rape and September 11, 2001 attacks. Two remote provocators, Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec, threw a spotlight on the comments – written between 2009 and 2012 – after Gunn critically criticized President Trump online.
Walt Disney Studios revealed Gunn's reinstatement as director of the "Galaxy 3 Guardians" in an article on Deadline.com, a trading news site. Disney refused to comment further, in addition to confirming the accuracy of the report. In a statement on Twitter, Gunn called himself "extremely humble" and "extremely grateful" to those who had supported him in recent months.
"I always learn and will continue to work on being the best person I can be," he wrote. "I appreciate deeply Disney's decision."
Alan F. Horn, president of Walt Disney Studios, decided to rehire Mr. Gunn – several months ago – after a series of meetings with the director. Mr. Horn, who went out to Mr. Gunn, had been impressed by his public apology the day Disney kicked him. Mr Gunn repeatedly took responsibility for his words, which he called "stupid, not at all funny, very insensitive and definitely not provocative as I had hoped."
"No matter how much time has passed," he added, "I understand and accept the business decisions made today."
Mr. Gunn's response was contrary to how other stars have reacted in similar situations. Kevin Hart, for example, was originally defensive when his previous anti-gay comments on Twitter resumed in December after he was appointed host of the Academy Awards. Mr Hart does not apologize first, instead posted a video online where he said: "Guys, I am almost 40 years old. If you do not believe that people are changing, growing, developing when they get older, I do not know what to tell for you. "
Six hours later, he went down as Oscar's host and offered a perfunctory apology.  It was unclear to what extent Disney was influenced by blowback from the "Guardians" fans of Mr. Gunn's oust. Hundreds of thousands of people signed a Change.org petition asking Disney to reconsider.
"Galaxy Guardians" is an important feature of Disney. The first two films, with Chris Pratt as Star-Lord and Zoe Saldana as Gamora, and with fan-favorite creatures such as Groot and Rocket Raccoon, gathered about $ 1.6 billion at the global box office. Disney also sells the "Guardians" merchandise and expects an expensive new "Guardians" draw at Epcot in Florida to sell theme park holidays.
Fans greeted Mr. Gunn's official return to the Marvel universe with euphoria. Mr Cernovich, for one, was not happy. The right-right blog, author and YouTube personality wrote on Twitter, "If you think Gunn gets rehired makes me hurt rather than children, you are a sick person and part of the problem."