Tomorrow (November 25), the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will be released, continuing the story from the first two movies in the series and laying the groundwork for the third.
But it appears that Disney+’s recap series Marvel Studios: Legends leaked a narrative point from the special.
The purpose of promotional videos is to use old clips to introduce new and devoted viewers to a particular group or character before the release of the most recent episode or movie.
Yesterday (November 23), episodes for Mantis and Drax were released. Still, they were quickly removed after it was found that the Mantis episode included a deleted scene from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 in which Mantis revealed she was a child of Ego and thus related to Peter Quill/Star-Lord.
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The deleted sequence wouldn’t have been in the Legends episode if it weren’t significant.
However, given how soon the episodes were taken down from Disney+, it is likely that the plot twist will play a significant role in the Holiday Special.
In fact, by removing the episodes, the House of Mouse might have increased awareness of the early discovery.
The Silver Surfer, a figure in some of the most significant Marvel comic tales ever, won’t make a surprise appearance in the unique writer and director James Gunn has stated.
However, Kevin Bacon will play a significant role, so we believe that’s a reasonable trade-off.
Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special Review
The vast Marvel Cinematic Universe is focusing on the festive season. It all began subtly with the release of a Halloween-themed black-and-white monster flick. The MCU has transformed the happiest time of the year into another element of its intricate and ever-expanding narrative with the release of The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on Disney Plus.
Fair enough, it is at least an entertaining addition to the MCU. The episode tells a feel-good Christmas tale with a dash of science fiction in less than an hour. Following the passing of Gamora (Zoe Saldaa), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt, making his best Super Mario impression), who is understandably upset, decides to be cheered up by his buddies Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff).
They don’t know what Christmas on Earth is about, so they mistakenly believe that kidnapping Quill’s favorite actor, Kevin Bacon, will make for a fine gift and allow the two to hang out.
What happens next is best characterized as a Christmas escapade, during which Drax and Mantis bumble through the kidnapping while occasionally getting intoxicated, breaking into houses, posing for pictures with visitors, and longing for inflatable Christmas decorations.
Someone at one point confuses Drax for Kratos. Despite their lack of familiarity with human customs, Bautista and Klementieff have a deliciously strange connection. Additionally, Bacon appears to be enjoying himself as a very bewildered version of himself. It all comes to a satisfying yet silly conclusion, and there is a tonne of fantastic music.
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However, it goes beyond that. The Guardians Christmas special takes a different approach than Werewolf By Night, which was broadly refreshing because it stood on its own. It’s jam-packed with allusions to the first two GotG films and other MCU events. Some references are in passing jokes, while others, like Gamora’s past, are crucial to comprehend what is happening. Even a surprise that seems to be a significant issue for the Guardian’s stories occurs toward the conclusion.
Therefore, the special feel more like a holiday-themed prequel to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 than it does like a sweet little Christmas adventure (which hits theatres next May).
That might be expected; after all, that is how Marvel operates. But the studio has recently shown that these quicker, more experimental initiatives can be a blast when the MCU’s numerous storylines don’t constrain them. (Star Wars shares a similar flaw.) However, the GotG special succumbs to the allure of the canon and loses some of its specialness as a result.