James Gunn has always been vocal and interactive in confirming or denying any information that surrounds the new DC Universe that he is currently building with Peter Safran. Other than that, the Peacemaker creator is also one to slam any hateful comment towards anyone from the franchise on which he’s working. Recently, Gunn did not see any reason not to hit back against a "racist" remark about a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 casting choice.
The GotG director took to Instagram to share a new look at the upcoming threequel's main antagonist, the High Evolutionary, as portrayed by Gunn's former Peacemaker collaborator Chukwudi Iwuji. Despite the majority of comments being full of excitement to meet the villain, who happens to be Rocket's creator, there was one bitter response that blasted Gunn for hiring a black actor as the big bad, as well as going on a tangent to criticize comic book adaptations for introducing “trans, homosexual, or non-binary” characters too.
Given that the comment was beyond the line, Gunn did not waste any time in providing the perfect counter-argument to the hateful comment. “I chose the best actor, period, and the best person for the role. I don't give a shit what ethnicity @chukwudi_iwuji is, so stop with your racist presumptions on WHY he was chosen. (And, by the way, he's playing a guy who's almost always purple.” the filmmaker justified.
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The latest trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 reveals that it was the High Evolutionary who was responsible for the horrible genetic tests that turned Rocket Raccoon into the prickly, anthropomorphic warrior that he is. Viewers were given glimpses into the physical and mental torture that Rocket endured at his creator's hands. The upcoming threequel will be the last time MCU fans will see the original Guardians team up, given the hint at the death of one or more beloved characters from the squad.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 arrives in cinemas on May 5.
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