This will be the Christmas special of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Christmas specials are an old tradition in some of the Disney franchises. In 1978, with the premiere of Star Wars still fresh, his Christmas special was released, Star Wars Holiday Special, the craziest and most extravagant moment in the saga, with Darth Vader turned into an intergalactic Scrooge, musical numbers, an animation segment, and the first ever appearance of the bounty hunter Boba Fett. The result was an anthological failure, the meat of memes and parodies, which George Lucas still denies. But the beginning of a beautiful tradition that last 2020 took up the premiere of Lego Star Wars: Happy Holidays Special. Good ideas cannot just stay in one house.

For years James Gunn, the director of Guardians of the Galaxyhas been urging Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to let him do a Christmas special with his characters. Now that Disney has launched its own streaming and that, after several problems with the company, James Gunn has returned to it and is preparing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the Marvel boss has given him the green light for the project.

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When is ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Holyday Special’ released?

In order not to repeat one of the mistakes of the Star Wars Christmas Special, this installment of the Guardians will follow the example of the Lego special. With approximately 40 minutes of duration and the title Guardians of the Galaxy: Holyday Special, the next date with Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot will be a medium-length film released directly on Disney Plus.

In an interview with Collider, James Gunn has said that he will shoot the special simultaneously with the third installment of Guardians of the Galaxy To take advantage of the materials, the set and the availability of the cast:

I will shoot it at the same time as the movie. I’m using a lot of the same sets, and obviously the same performers, so we’re going to shoot both things simultaneously.

This means that the special will begin filming this November in Georgia, which is the announced date for the production of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but once the filming is finished, the Christmas special will have absolute priority over the film, editing and finishing it before her.

A third of the Guardians are due to arrive in theaters on May 5, 2023, after the Christmas special has been seen. When? Obviously, at Christmas. Christmas 2022.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Holyday Special’ in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

One of the main doubts about the project was what place it would occupy within the second and third installments of Guardians of the Galaxy and, by extension, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It is common for these specials to be disconnected from the franchises to which they belong, as a fantasy in which to experiment with the most eccentric ideas that come to mind at Christmas. But in this regard James Gunn has been very clear, Guardians of the Galaxy: Holyday Special it canon:

It is within canon. It’s about the Guardians, you’re going to learn things you need to learn before Volume 3, and it’s great. I am very happy with the special.

So it will connect the second with the third installment, and it will be an essential piece to understand the last film of the trilogy.

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What is ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special’ about? Argument and theories

It is still early days, and there is no information on the history of this Christmas special. You may delve into the events of Avengers: Endgame that affected the Guardians, such as Gamora’s disappearance, or it may pick up the story right after those. Actually, knowing how much James Gunn likes to surprise his audience, you can opt for a mixture of both ideas or to tell us more about the past of one of the characters through flash backs. Although the simultaneous filming indicates that there will be common locations with the next film.

In addition, it must be taken into account that the medium-length film will arrive after it is released in May 2022 Thor: Love and Thunder, where the superhero played by Chris Hemsworth will interact with the Guardians. Perhaps the end of this film is the starting point of the special.

It is also convenient to bear in mind the indications that have arrived at the moment about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. According to James Gunn, this film will be the epic end of the story that began in 2014, and in it the arc that he has prepared for Rocket will come to an end. So it is possible that the Christmas special will give us new clues about this character, his origin and his end.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special’: director and cast

The relationship between James Gunn and Disney has had more ups and downs than the story of squabbles and reunions between Captain America and Tony Stark, but after Disney fired the director for some old tweets, that the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy They gave him their support and that, after a brief stint in the DC Universe, James Gunn was welcomed back to Disney, the collaboration between the director and the company seems to be in one of its best moments. So much so that it is not surprising that James Gunn will write and direct both the Christmas special and the third installment of the characters.

Despite not having official confirmations, the fact that Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special is going to be part of the canon, that has a strategic location as a prelude to its third and last film and that is going to be shot simultaneously with it, they indicate, as the director himself assumes, that the main interpreters will return for the special: Chris Pratt , Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan (although Nebula is anyone’s guess), Vin Diesel voicing Groot and Bradley Cooper with Rocket, Pom Klementieff and, perhaps, Chris Hemsworth as Thor.

It is also rumored that in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Mark Hammill will join as the creator of Rocket and the return of Sylvester Stallone, accompanied by Arnorld Schwarzenegger; so it is possible that some of his characters appear around here.

The presentation of a new Marvel character: “one of the greatest”

James Gunn, who has an excellent relationship with his fans through social media, dropped a new clue about this Christmas special on Saturday, October 2, while answering some of his followers’ questions on Twitter.

A user asked about the possibility that Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special introduced such an important new character with the Boba Fett from the 1978 Star Wars special. According to Gunn, this will be:

In my incredibly subjective opinion and certainly an often bizarre opinion, we will introduce one of the greatest MCU characters of all time.

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Knowing the kind of opinion of Gunn, who loves marginal and more eccentric characters, such as those who have starred Suicide squadThis character, “one of the best in the MCU”, can be any of the hundreds of secondary deserving of more impact that Marvel comics have.

In responses to the tweet, fans are already pitching ideas. It may be some X-Men now that Disney has the rights to the mutant franchise, like Nova, of whom Kevin Feige has already announced an upcoming appearance. Or it could be Adam Warlock, the space vigilante that fans have been waiting for since the post-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Or, who knows, there are even those who bet on Santa Claus, isn’t it Christmas?

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This will be the Christmas special of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’