The Marvel Cinematic Universe is always growing, with Phase Four expanding the franchise with both movies and original content for streaming audiences. One of these types of projects is the upcoming Guardians Holiday SpecialAnd now director James Gunn has clarified when the Disney + original with the Guardians is set within the MCU.
Since their introduction in 2014, the Guardians of the Galaxy have remained fan favorite characters within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As such, anticipation is high for Guardians 3But first we’ll get the mysterious Holiday Special, with James Gunn recently asked on Twitter He answered honestly, saying: about exactly when the yuletide action will be set in the Marvel timeline.
The #GotGHolidaySpecial comes between Love & Thunder and # GotGVol3, with new stories & characters connected to the Guardians universe. Https://t.co/DVoRDKaGkvApril 30, 2022
Well, there you have it. It looks like the future appearances by the Guardians in the MCU will take place chronologically. As such, The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will be set after the events of Thor 4but before whatever is coming with Guardians 3. Buckle up, because a ton of content with the cosmic heroes is coming.
James Gunn clarified the timeline of the Guardians’ journey in Phase Four on Twitter, once again showing his generosity by fielding questions directly from the fandom. And he sometimes uses the social media platform to shut down rumors about his superhero projectsfor both Marvel and DC. Although this clarification is sure to help further increase anticipation for the upcoming appearances by the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Exactly what’s coming with The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is largely a mystery, but it’s been teased to be intimately connected to the events of Guardians 3. The special was filmed towards the end of production on James Gunn’s threequelGunn has a master plan for his cosmic corner of the MCU, and smart money says the final entries in his saga. are going to be emotional..
But first up, the Guardians of the Galaxy will return to the big screen this summer in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and ThunderThey were featured pretty significantly in the first teaser trailer, which can be seen above. It looks like Chris Hemsworth’s hulking hero might have joined the Ravagers, which is sure to be an interesting turn to his strained relationship with Star-Lord.
Smart money says an overarching theme of the upcoming Guardians projects in the MCU will be surrounding the search for Gamora. While she was killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity Warthe 2014 version of Zoe Saldaña’s character was brought back into the timeline thanks to the Time Heist. While she fought against Thanos with the Avengers, Gamora departed the battlefield to places unknown.
Thor: Love and Thunder will hit theaters on July 8th, while The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is expected sometime in December. In the meantime, check out the 2022 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience.