James Gunn reveals which Marvel Cinematic Universe movies audiences should watch before The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special later this week.
Before its debut on Disney+ later this week, James Gunn reveals which Marvel Cinematic Universe movies audiences should see before The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. The second Marvel Studios Special Presentation follows the Guardians of the Galaxy as they celebrate Christmas by setting out to Earth to find the perfect present for their leader, Peter Quill, who is still grieving the loss of Gamora. The holiday special, which features the return of all the core Guardians members, will also bridge the gap between their previous appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder and their final appearance together in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, due out in May 2023.
Now, days before its release on Disney+, Gunn revealed which MCU movies audience should watch before The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. In response to a fan inquiry on Twitter, James Gunn says that while no films in the franchise “are must-see,” he would recommend watching Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. Check out Gunn’s full response below:
How The Holiday Special Connects To The MCU
Curiously, Gunn omits Thor: Love and Thunder from his list of recommended MCU movies to watch before the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. However, the Guardians’ appearance in the Taika Waititi-directed film was relatively brief and inconsequential, so unless Gunn forgot to list Love and Thunder, it won’t be crucial to the holiday special events, which finds the Guardians visiting Earth and kidnapping Kevin Bacon. With the exception of Thor: Love and Thunder, Gunn’s list includes every time the Guardians have appeared in the MCU.
While these movies are not required viewing, according to Gunn, they contain “small amounts of information,” which will be referenced in the holiday special. While the MCU is widely renowned for its interconnectivity, it’s not often that an installment demands audiences be caught on every facet of the franchise. Instead, like many MCU movies, the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will be able to stand on its own just fine.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will, however, bridge the gap between the titular team’s previous appearances and their final appearance together in Vol. 3. by filling in some recent history for the Guardians. This includes them inhabiting Knowhere, their new spaceship, the Bowie, and new crew member Cosmo the Spacedog. While able to stand independently, The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will simultaneously reference past MCU movies and set up the beloved space crew for their last ride together in Guardians of the Galaxy. Vol. 3.
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