James Gunn Buries Marvel Fan Over Racial Change To Guardians Of The Galaxy Villain

James Gunn called out a fan for saying that Chukwudi Iwuji was cast due to his race.

By Douglas Helm | Updated

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Chukwudi Iwuji

James Gunn is not afraid to speak his mind, especially when it comes to racist fans saying stupid things. Variety reported that Gunn recently posted a picture of Chukwudi Iwuji’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 villain The High Evolutionary on Instagram, causing a fan to comment “Damnit… another white guy they made into a black guy.” Gunn quickly fired back “I chose the best actor, period, and the best person for the role,” adding “I don’t give a shit what ethnicity Chukwudi Iwuji is, so stop with your racist presumptions on WHY he was chosen.”

While it’s certainly admirable of James Gunn to defend his actors and his choices as a director, it’s a little surprising that he responded to a racist troll at all. It seems clear this person was either trolling or very stupid, considering The High Evolutionary is typically depicted as a purple guy (something Gunn also points out). It’s likely that Gunn’s intention by responding directly to the trolling individual was to make more of a broad statement to shut the rest of the racist idiots up about his casting decisions.

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The High Evolutionary

James Gunn is basically the superhero king right now, so he’s probably going to have plenty of trolls to deal with for the foreseeable future. While he’s ending his tenure with Marvel by wrapping up Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, he’s just starting his career as the leading creative force of the DCU (along with Peter Safran). There’s sure to be no shortage of trolls gunning for Gunn on the DC side of things, especially considering the enraged Synder fans are already going after his decisions.

While we wait to see how James Gunn molds the DCU, we can see him end his Marvel career with a bang in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on May 5. Along with Chukwudi Iwuji, the film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sylvester Stallone, Will Poulter, Maria Bakalova, Sean Gunn, Daniela Melchior, Nico Santos, and Elizabeth Debicki. The Guardians will face off against the High Evolutionary in the film.

On the DCU side of things, James Gunn and Peter Safran recently unveiled their grand plans which they titled Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters. The bold plan outlines the next eight to 10 years of DCU films and TV shows. But first, there are some already made films that will come out in the next year.

Before James Gunn’s DCU plans can properly start, DC is releasing Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Blue Beetle, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, and The Flash. According to reports, The Flash is going to be the hard reset that helps kick off Gunn and Safran’s new DCU. Following The Flash, Gunn and Safran’s first big project will be a new Superman movie.

We won’t see James Gunn’s new Superman movie until 2025, so we’ll just have to hold tight until then. In the meantime, you can check out Gunn’s earlier contributions to the DCEU The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker on HBO Max. Make sure to check out Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 when it hits theaters in May.