After they crash Chris Hemsworth’s party in Thor: Love and Thunder this summer, Marvel’s band of cosmic A-holes will head over to Disney+, where they’re set to spread yuletide cheer in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. James Gunn has been teasing for months how bonkers the team’s upcoming adventure is. But now it sounds like the special is officially in the can. To mark the end of filming, Gunn took to Twitter earlier today to share his wrap gift from Marvel Studios.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 25, 2022
The gift came courtesy of Marvel’s top brass, including Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, and Victoria Alonso. Appropriately enough, the studio presented him with a box of holiday ornaments, each of which features an illustration of a different Guardians character. Additionally, the heroes are all decked out in festive apparel, with accessories ranging from giant candy canes to an ugly Christmas sweater.
More importantly, the ornaments also give us an idea of who will make an appearance in the holiday special. Naturally, the roster includes the usual team of Peter Quill, Drax, Nebula, Mantis, Rocket, and Groot (who now seems to have grown back to his adult size). Gamora is understandably absent, given the fallout from Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. But we also see former Ravager Kraglin (Sean Gunn) and Cosmo the Spacedog, who previously showed up in the original Guardians in the Galaxy as a prisoner in Taneleer Tivan’s collection before he was freed in the ensuing Power Stone explosion. Cosmo also appeared in animated form in an episode of Marvel’s What If…? series last year.
As for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Gunn says there’s still another week left before filming wraps on the team’s final big-screen outing. But between Love and Thunder and the upcoming holiday special, there will be plenty of Guardians content to hold fans over until the sequel arrives next May. Plus, the events of the special will directly tie into the plot for Vol. 3.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will hit Disney+ sometime in December.
Are you excited to watch the special later this year? What do you make of Gunn’s wrap gift? Let us know in the comments down below!
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