They say that creating a Christmas album is the sign of a declining career. I think Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, and Ariana Grande would say otherwise — but whatever, I guess. Like many of the cozy season holidays, it’s all about the vibes. You light up a fire, get yourself some hot cocoa (or a hot toddy if you’re trying to get comfy, cozy, and crazy), start the night off with those holiday high C-notes from Mariah, and then end the night with a silly Christmas television special. Now, the holiday special we are going to talk about won’t be streaming for another year or so, but in the age-old fashion of the holidays, it never hurts to get ready in advance.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 2, 2021
In December 2020, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced that James Gunn was coming back to direct and write the live-action Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special that was scheduled to stream on Disney+ during the 2022 holiday season. Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, and Vin Diesel are all set reprise their characters, but no word on the return of Zoe Saldana as Gamora — as we don’t know her whereabouts after Avengers: Endgame (which will most likely be addressed in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 — slated to hit theaters in 2023).
When asked if there would be any new characters introduced in the holiday special, similar to Boba Fett in the Star Wars 1978 holiday special, he came right out and said that they would be introducing “one of the greatest MCU characters of all-time.” So who could it be? Well, let’s talk about it.
Alright, hold your laughter. I’ll have you know that Santa Claus has made his own waves in both the Marvel and DC comics. He’s worn the Infinity Gauntlet (don’t worry — he mostly just wanted to use it to deliver presents), hung out with Howard the Duck, and has been classified as an omega-level mutant by the X-Men. Santa Claus’ appearance in the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special would be timely and apt for the holiday season, but (in my opinion) still errs on the lazy side.
Before being the resident loudmouth of the Guardians, Rocket was part of group that consisted of himself, Wal Rus, and Lylla. Not much is known about her other than being an heiress to a toy company and being Rocket’s love interest — which could add onto the recent character development Rocket has experienced in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame where he’s learned to trust, be trusted, and value his interpersonal relationships with greater responsibility.
Nova (aka Richard Rider) would make a little more sense since he is a member of the Nova Corps, a space military and exploration group from the planet Xandar. If Xandar and Nova Corps sound familiar to you, it’s because Xandar was the planet the Star-Lord tried to sell the Orb (which housed one of the Infinity Stones — the Power Stone) and Nova Corps is the group that arrested Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, and Groot and took them to the Kyln in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1.
As some of you may remember, Xandar was destroyed along with many other planets in Thanos’ quest for power and cosmic balance. This would be the perfect backstory to introduce Nova and have him cross paths with the Guardians before the 2023 movie.
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