It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas in images of The Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special. Written and directed by James Gunn, the 42-minute Marvel Studios Special Presentation is a throwback to classic Christmas TV specials and a prologue to next summer’s trilogy ender. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Cue the Wham! song: the Holiday special will be the last Christmas for this team of Guardians, the jolly band of misfits that includes Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Kraglin (Sean Gunn), Groot ( Vin Diesel) and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper).
Images from the special Christmas show Knowhere decked out in Christmas treasures, Drax donning ugly Christmas sweater clothes and the ‘legendary’ Kevin Bacon (himself). With the human Peter Quill/Star-Lord still grieving over Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the aliens Drax and Mantis head to Earth to find the perfect gift for their leader: Footless star Kevin Bacon.
“I think it’s such a unique relationship and they’re really kind of like Abbot and Costello, but both are Costellos, but Drax is such a huge Costello that he outweighs her Costello-ness,” Gunn shared. Comic of the dynamic between Drax and Mantis. “I love them two. I wanted to be able to put them in the center of the story rather than on the sidelines.”
Gunn continued, “I think they’ve done both – in the past few [Marvel] movies that weren’t Guards movies – are incredibly sidelined, haven’t been used that much. So it was important to me to be able to really tell their story and put their journey at the center. And to be able to see how talented those two actors are as comedians and dramatic. You can see how good Pom is in this show.”
Check out the images in the gallery below and check out our viewer’s guide to The Guardians of the Galaxy holiday specialstreams November 25 on Disney+.
Christmas (Gamora, please come home)
It’s the most gunnderful time of the year
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