Collider recently spoke with James Gunn, who is returning to the Marvel Universe after directing DC’s The Suicide Squad. In this interview, among other things, Gunn disclosed that the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is going to be filmed at the same time as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. This shouldn’t be too shocking to fans, because it makes logistical sense to film the special around the time you already have the cast together.
Gunn also described the Holiday special as a primer for the movie stating…
“It’s in-canon, it’s about the Guardians, you’re gonna learn stuff that you need to learn before Volume 3, and it’s great I’m really happy with it.”
So like many of the shows and movies previously released, it’s important to see the special to fully appreciate and understand the happenings of Vol. 3. I’m sure without it, Vol. 3 will be just as enjoyable. However, it will hopefully silence those who thought the content on Disney+ was not as essential as the movies released in theaters.
Previously Gunn directed the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies, which have been met with overly positive responses from critics and fans alike. Announced on Investors Day in December 2020 by Kevin Feige were many projects coming to Disney+, including Marvel’s first holiday special! And who better than our Guardian friends for that honor?
Gunn also disclosed that the special will have a run time under 40 minutes, which feels pretty average for holiday specials. Enough to wet your whistle, but also leave you wanting more. The director also indicated that even though it will be filmed using the same sets and cast, it will be edited and finished much sooner than the movie itself. The main cast of the first two volumes is expected to return. No new cast or character announcement yet, but stay tuned!
So what do you think Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will be priming us for? Could it serve as the introduction to Adam Warlock, previously hinted at in the post-credit scene of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Could we see where Gamora (Zoe Saldana) went after the conclusion of Avengers Endgame? Will Rocket finally get Bucky’s arm he’s been eyeing since Avengers: Infinity War? I have no clue what is in store for us in this holiday special or Vol. 3. But it will be nice to see our favorite A-holes back in action once more.
Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is expected in December 2022 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 releases in theaters May 5, 2023.
Check out Collider’s video interview with James Gunn below!