Right after a big-stakes reveal for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Marvel has dropped yet another trailer, this time for The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.
The trailer is honestly… really damn cute, and takes the MCU away from interdimensional apocalypses to a simple story of good friends taking the time and effort to cheer their buddy up — with most of the action focused on Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff).
With plenty of stuff to unwrap in this holiday-season Marvel Studios outing, let’s take a finer look at the trailer’s few info drops.
Well, why wouldn’t he be? After meeting Gamora once more, Quill is swiftly dispatched with shots to the groin as his alternate dimension lover rides off into the sunset post-snap. Dejected and empty, we see plenty of shots showcasing a mopey Quill — even intercut with a sadly deflating Santa Claus inflatable.
This also brings up the question — where is Gamora, anyway? At the end of the Infinity War storyline, she sets off to ‘find herself’. Whatever that means, it seems unlikely that we’ll be seeing her for a while. Tough luck, Quill.
Looking to be good friends to Star-Lord, Mantis and Drax decide to get their buddy in touch with someone he’s always wanted to be with — although instead of Gamora, they decide to kidnap actor Kevin Bacon.
The Guardians of the Galaxy movies have been setting up Kevin Bacon’s cameo for eight years. During the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie released in 2014, Peter Quill called Kevin Bacon “the great hero” who taught people to dance. Star-Lord is obsessed with the actor thanks to his role in Footloose, which he believes is the greatest movie ever made — something even referenced by Bacon in a 2021 interview.
“When I saw Guardians of the Galaxy, I went to see it having no idea that I was discussed. It was an afternoon in New York, I was on 67th Street and went by myself, as I often do. I was like, ‘Holy shit. They’re talking about me. Are you guys getting this?’”
There’s also a nod to Quill’s past in a shot of Bacon’s front gate at Hollywood — his house number is 1988, the same year Peter Quill was abducted by aliens.
The spacedog herself returns after a brief, adorable appearance in Guardians 1, where she was kept as part of the Collector’s Collection after being sent into space by the Soviet Union.
While Rocket Raccoon and Cosmo don’t get along in the original storyline, we see Rocket extending an olive branch at the labrador — winning her over with a bunch of dog treats.
While he’s not yet the adult Groot we meet in the first Guardians outing, he’s gotten a bit older — so let’s call him early 20s Groot. With some pretty cool CGI, Groot here looks surprisingly bulky and fit… at least for a tree.