It's official: James Gunn has officially been reinstated as director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

In July 2018, many were shocked when it was announced that Gunn had been fired from the Guardians of the Galaxy series after offensive tweets of his from years ago were uncovered. Although many—including some of the film's stars—made no secret of disapproving of the content of these old tweets, no one expected the celebrated director to be axed by Disney.

Once he was let go, fans and celebrities alike began to rally for Disney to rehire Gunn, with the Guardians of the Galaxy cast even posting an open letter on social media in which they confirmed their desire to see Gunn reinstated as the director of the third film in the popular comic book series.

While there were initially reports that Guardians star Bradley Cooper might take over the director's chair, the story died down relatively quickly. Gunn even was hired by Marvel rival DC to direct the Suicide Squad sequel. But in a surprising turn of events, Deadline has just announced that Gunn will also be coming back to helm the third Guardians of the Galaxy film. According to reporter Mike Fleming Jr.:

"I’ve learned that Disney has reinstated James Gunn as the writer-director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and I’ve confirmed it with Marvel and Gunn’s camp."

Though Gunn disappeared from Twitter last July, after tweeting out a series of statements regarding his dismissal from the project, he just posted his first tweet in nine months to confirm his return:

[h/t: Deadline]