Marvel Holiday Special Guardians of the Galaxy

A 45-minute Holiday Special that perfectly assumes its little grain of madness. A refreshing getaway that has everything of a Christmas miracle.

The Marvel Universe is often spectacular, impressive, epic, sometimes moving, even dramatic. But almost never, the MCU had managed to make us laugh. Apart from a few sarcastic jabs from Tony Stark or a few antics from Thor, humor has never been the franchise’s cup of tea. But James Gunn finally corrects this anomaly, with Marvel Studios’ craziest superheroes, Guardians of the Galaxy obviously. Kevin Feige accepted the director’s request, who had wanted, for a while, to put Peter Quill and his friends at the heart of a holiday special. He won his case and was able to let the nice little grain of madness that characterizes him speak.

Because, yes, Guardians of the Galaxy: Happy Holidays is funny. Really funny. Thanks in particular to the bubbly complicity of Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff), a duo that bursts the screen, embarked on a wacky mission on Earth: to cheer up Peter, they decide to kidnap the hero of his childhood, Kevin Bacon, star of Footlose (the 1984 movie)…


All of this is perfectly improbable, but totally assumed right down to the end of the red cap pompom, with even the voice of Kyra Sedgwick (the star of The Closer and Bacon’s wife in life) as a guest star. In a deluge of anything, James Gunn stuff the mouth of his Guardiansplays indie rock in space, pulls Cosmo the Soviet super-dog out of the closet, and wraps it all up in absolutely exquisite Christmas candy.

Cherry on the cake, Guardians of the Galaxy: Happy Holidays is also not devoid of interest for the rest of the franchise. It is directly connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and squarely reveals the starting point (geographical, emotional etc…) of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – six months before its theatrical release (May 3, 2023).

Paradoxically, this long sketch of 45 minutes was obviously made with three pieces of string, in a few days, quite far from the usual visual standards of the MCU. But when we know that james gunn filmed it between two sequences of Flight. 3, on the same set, with the same actors and the same teams, while negotiating at the same time arrived at the controls of DC Studios, and managed, in the end, to turn the joke into a refreshing breath of air in the middle of the weight multiverse in progress, we say to ourselves that it is there, the real Miracle of Christmas.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Happy Holidays goes live this Friday, November 25, 2022 on Disney+.

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