After Marvel Fans Petitioned to Cancel Chris Pratt, James Gunn Defended Him.

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Chris Pratt is undoubtedly one of the most well-known figures in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having played Peter Quill/Star-Lord in four MCU films to date, the most recent of which was James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy. While the legendary Hollywood actor is gearing up for his long-awaited return in Thor: Love and Thunder in July, he’s also been embroiled in some sad off-camera drama.

Pratt has been under fire in recent years for allegedly being a member of a church that preaches anti-LGBTQ+ ideas. Pratt has also been chastised for his political opinions after refusing to attend Democratic rallies, prompting some fans to demand that he be replaced as Star-Lord in the MCU.

Following his words, a slew of MCU stars, including veterans like Robert Downey Jr. and significant roles like Thanos actor Josh Brolin, has gone to his support. Now, as the critics of Pratt reemerge online, the actor’s first Marvel director has spoken out in favor of him.

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James Gunn Supports Chris Pratt

After fans demanded that Chris Pratt be recast in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, James Gunn rushed to Twitter to express his support for the Guardians of the Galaxy actor.

After accusations reappeared about Pratt’s affiliation with a religion that promotes homophobic views and conversion therapy, a fan tweeted for Marvel to replace him with Aquaman star Patrick Wilson on Saturday, April 23. On Twitter, the message received over 180 thousand likes and over 12 thousand retweets.

“Marvel. Please consider what I’m saying. Simply… replace him.”

On Monday, April 25, Gunn dismissed those claims as “made-up” and “completely ridiculous,” adding that Pratt would “never be replaced as Star-Lord” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“For what purpose? Because of your completely bogus, made-up beliefs about him? Is it because of something you heard about him from someone else that isn’t true? Chris Pratt will never be replaced as Star-Lord, but if he is, we will all follow him.”

Another fan inquired if Gunn was okay with Pratt allegedly holding homophobic views, to which Gunn responded that he knew the church Pratt attends. The director accused the fan of hearsay, stating unequivocally that the information is untrue and intended to cast Pratt in a negative light: “Have you heard?” “isn’t it? I’m familiar with the church where he currently worships.

Do you think so? (You don’t, but you heard from someone who heard from someone who heard from someone where he goes to church, and you concluded, ‘oh, okay, I’ll believe this terrible thing I heard online about this celebrity!’)”

Gunn Disputes Pratt’s False Claims

While Chris Pratt isn’t the only celebrity linked to the church in question (Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are two others), the MCU star has been singled out for his moderate views on certain political issues. However, rumor’s claim that he is not a member of the infamous Hillsong Church, which is most likely what Gunn is alluding to in his message to fans.

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It should be noted that a previous report claimed Pratt’s church, Zoe Church, had ties to Hillsong Church; however, it is unknown whether this is currently the case or how closely the two groups are tied.

James Gunn and Chris Pratt have been working together for almost a decade, collaborating on both Guardians of the Galaxy films and fully collaborating on Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Since 2013, the two have developed a tight professional connection, allowing Gunn to gain a lot of insight into who Pratt is as a person.

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The director made it clear that the allegations levelled against Pratt are without merit, standing by his character after a long collaboration in the MCU. Gunn isn’t one to hold back when it comes to ensuring that fans know the truth about whatever he’s involved with, and given his history with Pratt, his comment on the subject isn’t one he makes lightly.

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