Well, here’s a rather curious reveal but it seems that hidden within the official press release on the Marvel Studios’ Special Presentation of The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, there’s a special mention of Michael Rooker returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It seems the actor that famously played Yondu will return to the franchise in the Disney+ special, but there’s a curious detail that may hint at what role he has.
In the press release, Rooker is mentioned alongside Kevin Bacon as “The Old 97’s“. Perhaps that connection could hint that while he’s returning to the franchise, he isn’t actually playing Yondu. Given that there have been references to MCU actors as themselves within the franchise, perhaps they meet the actor and end up abducting him alongside Bacon due to a misunderstanding that he’s a revived Yondu.
It’s certainly a mean detail to try and hide away in a press release. In a way, it is the perfect way to tease what may come in the future. We’ll have to see if this theory turns out right, but it would be a nice touch to get a tribute to Star-Lord’s true father in the Holiday Special. He’s faced enough loss and perhaps a Christmas miracle is exactly what he needs to push him further as he faces his next challenge.