Gunn Bashes Fans Over “Stupid” Idea That Pentagon Approves Marvel Scripts

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Director, writer, and producer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) has garnered his fair share of controversy over the years. At one point, in fact, he was fired by The Walt Disney Company and Marvel Studios before being rehired to once again oversee his little corner of the MCU.

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Now, Gunn — who has an active social media presence, once banding together with Star Wars icon Mark Hamill to “sue” the U.S. Space Force — has taken to Twitter to express some thoughts about Marvel fans who believe that all MCU movies have to be approved by government authorities.

Gunn’s comments were sparked by another Tweet about Marvel Studios’ upcoming film, Eternals (November 5, 2021), that indicted “all Marvel scripts are approved by advance by the Pentagon.

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Gunn clarified by Tweeting:

Marvel scripts are not all approved by the Pentagon. Where do people come up with this nonsense?

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Gunn then called out several commenters in subsequent Tweets, first writing:

No. When a film uses military assets for free those specific scripts have to get military approval to make sure the military isn’t disparaged. This is very few films – and, from what I know, the military is pretty loose about it.

The Guardians director then expounding, responding to another follower:

This is so stupid. The guy said all Marvel movies are pre approved by the military. This isn’t true. Saying some movies in Hollywood get approval in exchange for assets doesn’t make that any less true. I’ve never had a movie get approved by the military. Read.

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Gunn is currently working on Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 3. (2023) with MCU standbys like Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Groot (Vin Diesel), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista).

Guardians of the Galaxy Poster with Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff). Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) Nebula (Karen Gillan), Groot (Vin Diesel)
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At this time about the plot of Guardians: Vol. 3. is being kept under wraps.

More on Marvel’s Eternals

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The official description of Eternals — due to exclusively debut in theaters on November 5, 2021 — reads:

Marvel Studios’ Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, the Deviants.

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The A-List Eternals cast includes Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, and Kit Harrington.

What do you think about Gunn’s comments?

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