We’ve all been speculating on what exactly awaits us in the upcoming The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. We know that the loveable space crew is going to make their return post-Avengers: Endgame in Thor: Love and Thunder but there was some uncertainty about how that might tie into the new special heading to Disney+ this Christmas. Luckily, James Gunn offered some insight into what to expect in a new post on Twitter, where he not only confirmed when it takes place within the MCU’s elusive timeline but also that not every Guardian member is included.
In the tweet, Gunn points out that it takes place between Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. In a way, that confirms that whatever happens in the special may also potentially set up some pot threads in the threequel. Yet, when he mentions a fan-made image, he points out that not every one of the included Guardians will appear in the film. Given its place in the timeline, it’s pretty easy to guess that he likely is implying that Gamora won’t appear in the special. He does confirm it’s part of the MCU canon, which makes it a natural lead into their eventual reunion in Vol. 3.
It fits given the release window and it would’ve been strange if it takes place after Vol. 3, especially with many hints pointing to it being the final installment for this version of the team, especially as James Gunn plans to move on to other projects. It’s great that the team gets a sendoff with a third entry, which almost didn’t happen as initially planned, and even a Holiday Special on top of it all.