Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special Will Not Feature Any Villain

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Tomorrow, the holiday season finally makes its way into the MCU with the premiere of The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. A lot of fans have been looking forward to seeing how the beloved team of space-based heroes will celebrate the yuletide season, especially with iconic actor Kevin Bacon mixed into the fold as well.

However, for the first time ever in the MCU, The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will not feature any villains that the team will face throughout its 40-plus minute runtime, and instead, it's simply going to be a celebration of Christmas just like what the title suggested.

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"In all honesty, I wrote the special in three days. Literally, there were no notes from Marvel and nothing changed except for that I occasionally add things while we’re shooting," director James Gunn told Variety. "It was really easy and it stayed easy throughout and that was great because Vol. 3 is actually very emotional."

He continued, "We shot them both simultaneously, so shooting Vol. 3 for a few days, which was tough going, and then having a day off to shoot this show was fun. Because the stakes on this were low. It was just goofy. One thing that’s cool about it is there’s no bad guy in this one. There haven’t been any Marvel stories that I can remember where there hasn’t been a bad guy of some type."

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Gunn also revealed that he also wrote a treatment for the special where there is another threat that Bacon is facing. However, he decided to scrap the idea and focus more on the interaction between the characters.

"Before I wrote the screenplay, I wrote a treatment, and in the treatment there was this other threat. I just realized that I wasn’t interested in this other thing," he said.

"There was an action sequence at the end where Kevin Bacon jumped around and was performing action stunts, which would have been pretty cool, but the threat didn’t interest me at all. What interested me was the interaction between the characters. So I just cut that out and made it a story about people."

It is interesting to hear that the special will not have any villains which will be new ground for MCU viewers who are used for every project to have action set pieces. However, at the end of the day, what matters the most is the story itself and they were able to capture the vibes of the holiday spirit.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday is set to premiere tomorrow on Disney+. You can check more details about it here.