Before their upcoming big space adventure in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord and his crew will be reuniting for their own holiday special on Disney+ this year. While familiar team members like Rocket Racoon and Drax are expected to return, The festive special director James Gunn has confirmed that Zoe Saldana’s Gamora will not be returning in the upcoming small screen project.
However, the wait around Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is still high, and it’s all thanks to Gunn’s continued buzz on social media. The veteran MCU director claims the special is “absolutely ridiculous”, describing it as “very light, bubbly and fun.”
Accordingly, Gunn teased him as well “one of the greatest MCU characters of all time” will make his debut in the special Now, ahead of its release, an unexpected member of the Guardians franchise may make his presence felt in the project.
Yondu’s presence is teased in Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Art
MCU facility official promotional art revealed for guardians of the galaxy holiday special, showing a preview of the project while also indicating that Michael Rooker’s Yondu may be involved.
The first image features Yondu’s silhouette along with text saying that he “ruined” Christmas:
A variation of Yondu’s Christmas-ruining message is included in this official image:
Aside from the Yondu-centric goodies, other designs from the official art include fun nods to Christmas from the Guardians.
Although Peter Quill is the only one familiar with the holiday, this image seems to hint that the rest of the Guardians are on board for the holiday season:
A different kind of Christmas will be revealed as the Guardians are set to take the spotlight:
Pom Klementieff’s Mantis exudes holiday cheer in this new image:
Vin Diesel’s Groot is hilariously included in this holiday greeting:
This mysterious work of art is included in the Festive special collection, but the character’s name is unknown. However, when translated using CinemaBlend’s foreign alphabet translator, part of it says “Sassy Sweet:”
Finally, here’s the official art that might be worth including as a special holiday greeting to loved ones with some Guardians flavor added to it:
How will Yondu affect the Guardians Holiday Special? (theory)
While Yondu’s inclusion in the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is surprising, the character’s presence makes sense.
Given that Michael Rooker’s Ravager already died during the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, The festive special could feature the character in flashbacks, with Peter Quill reflecting on his time alongside his cosmic father figure. This also fits into the spirit of Christmas because of the memories associated with family.
However, the fact that the art says Yondu is the one who ruined Christmas could hint that the Guardians holiday could be started by Quill’s memory of the character.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn has already teased Yondu’s impact in the trilogy, noting that the Ravager may have deleted some songs from the Zune. It’s possible that Yondu accidentally deleted some of the Christmas songs from the playlist, causing Quill (along with the Guardians) to return to Earth to relive his Christmas experience.
Given that Quill is the only member familiar with the holiday, it would make sense if he is the one who introduces Christmas to the Guardians, leading to an unforgettable reunion before their eventual confrontation with the High Evolutionary in Vol. 3.
Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is set to premiere on Disney+ sometime later this year.