James Gunn may be readying for his HBO Max series, Peacemaker, to debut this week, however, that’s not the only thing keeping him busy. Gunn is also currently filming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for Marvel Studios, as well as preparing to film the previously announced Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. While Gunn spent years talking to Kevin Feige about a potential holiday special, having drawn inspiration from Star Wars, he managed to knock out the script in a short amount of time. Gunn admits that while he spent years working on the script for Vol. 3, the holiday special was something he knocked out rather quickly, which is why he’s pretty “jealous” of how much love it is getting.
As it stands, filming on the holiday special has not yet begun, but it appears folks are excited to see it come to life — at some point. During an interview with Collider to tease Peacemaker, Gunn briefly commented on the holiday special. “It’s still upcoming in the shoot. We were supposed to shoot one day in LA, and there’s too much Omicron around, so we couldn’t do it. We’re going to have to fit it in. I haven’t started yet,” Gunn explained. “The holiday special is… I’m almost jealous of it, even though I wrote it because people freak out so much on how much they love the script for the holiday special that I’m almost like, ‘Well, wait. I’ve got this movie here I’ve been working on for two years. You love the holiday special that I literally wrote in a very short amount of time.’ But, it is really funny and really good.”
While little is known regarding the holiday special, Gunn has previously teased it’ll include a character he’s dubbed the “greatest MCU character.” The yet-to-film holiday special is expected to release later this year on Disney+.