The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is the second Marvel Studios special presentation for Disney+ following the release of Werewolf By Night. The release day for the GOTG Holiday Special is November 25. James Gunn has written and directed the whole GOTG Holiday Special for Disney+. This 40-minute short, which Gunn called one of his “favourite stories ever,” was motivated by Gunn’s obsession with the Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978 and will help prepare the groundwork for Volume 3 of the Guardians series while also bringing Phase IV of the MCU to a close.
This presentation will include appearances from every Guardian, including Star-Lord/Peter Quill, Drax, Nebula, Mantis, Groot, Rocket, Kraglin, and a fake Kevin Bacon. The plot will centre on Drax and Mantis setting off on a mission to kidnap Bacon as a Christmas present for Quill. Quill is upset because he lost Gamora, his lifelong love. It was stated in October of the previous year that the GOTG Holiday Special would feature one of the most well-known Marvel Cinematic Universe characters, albeit the character’s name has not yet been made public.
Why is Kevin Bacon in GOTG Holiday Special?
The Guardians of the Galaxy are followed as they spend Christmas and look for a gift for their leader Peter Quill, who is still grieving Gamora’s passing during 2019’s Avengers Endgame. Quill is feeling down, so Drax and Mantis decide to cheer him up by giving him a gift that is personally from his childhood hero, Kevin Bacon.
Though Gunn’s Guardians is renowned for its fantastic soundtrack selection and pop culture references, Quill’s bizarre obsession with Bacon and Footloose became the most repeated pun across multiple films. The actor’s ode to references made over 8 years to Bacon’s 1980s musical drama is his seemingly random cameo in the MCU. Kevin Bacon does a dance in a famous moment from the 1984 musical Footloose, directed by Herbert Ross. The film follows the tale of Ren McCormack, played by Bacon, a Chicago-born kid who relocates to a tiny town and strives to break the town’s prohibition on dancing.
Peter Quill had always believed that the story of Footloose—which is about persecution in a tiny Christian community over uninhibited dancing—was based on reality. Because Ren was the best dancer in the world, in Quill’s eyes, he rose to the status of a hero of the planet Earth. In the 2015 film Guardians of the Galaxy, which has a thematic resemblance to the 80s cult hit Footloose, Quill teaches Gamora to express herself more freely through dance, and this story of Footloose plays a significant part in helping Gamora come out of her shell.
The whole cast of characters breaks a leg in the legendary high school prom dance-off scene from Footloose, which takes place inside a barn. Knowing Gunn, the GOTG Holiday Special TV series should almost certainly conclude with a reference to the same.