James Gunn Says The GOTG HOLIDAY SPECIAL Will Introduce "One Of The Greatest MCU Characters Of All Time"

James Gunn Says The GOTG HOLIDAY SPECIAL Will Introduce "One Of The Greatest MCU Characters Of All Time" James Gunn Says The GOTG HOLIDAY SPECIAL Will Introduce "One Of The Greatest MCU Characters Of All Time"

James Gunn has now reveled that the upcoming Disney+ GOTG Holiday Special will introduce a new character to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it's someone the director clearly thinks very highly of!

By MarkCassidy - Oct 03, 2021 04:10 AM EST

James Gunn is reportedly planning to shoot the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special around the same time as Vol. 3, and the filmmaker has now revealed an intriguing new detail about the Disney+ exclusive.

Responding to a fan on Twitter who asked if the GOTG Holiday Special would introduce a new character "just like with Boba Fett in the Star Wars holiday special," Gunn confirmed that, yes, this project will introduce "one of the greatest MCU characters of all time."

The director does acknowledge that this is just his "incredibly subjective and admittedly often odd opinion," but this is still a pretty big deal. Gunn has already hinted that the Holiday Special will tie directly into the events of Vol. 3, so whoever this new hero (or villain!) is, they'll most likely go on to have a significant presence in the Marvel Studios threequel.

Who could he be referring to here? There are numerous possibilities, and while a lot of fans are going to assume it's Richard Rider/Nova, we're leaning toward Rom The Space Knight! Gunn has often expressed his love for the Galadorian warrior, though rights issues - which could still be a factor - prevented him from utilizing the character sooner.

Again, the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe is vast, so we could be way off base here. Be sure to share your own theories in the comments down below.

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OptimusCrime - 10/3/2021, 4:40 AM
Taserface Jr.
Humperdink - 10/4/2021, 3:34 AM
@OptimusCrime -

Makes more sense than NOVA. I doubt they'd introduce him in a Disney+ "Holiday Special."

The fact that Gunn said "In my incredibly subjective & admittedly often odd opinion..." should be a dead giveaway that it is NOT a popular or mainstream or much beloved character that everyone is waiting to see debuted.

It's a character you probably wouldn't expect but would be cool to see.
marvel72 - 10/3/2021, 4:41 AM
Would be awesome to see Richard Rider Nova or Adam Warlock but I won't get my hopes up.
TheWalkingCuban - 10/3/2021, 5:08 AM
@marvel72 - Adam warlock it’s just about guaranteed, if gunn gets back to the story anyway. For some reason I don’t see the alternate team of guardians with Sylvester Stallone and Miley Cyrus, but that’s probably because she’s touring with Metallica. Why does she have to hang out with all my childhood heroes?
Ryguy88 - 10/3/2021, 7:06 AM
@marvel72 - I hope they dont intro Adam Walock in a Christmas special. Only shitty side characters get introduced in tv shows and gimmicky specials.
dragon316 - 10/4/2021, 2:34 AM
@marvel72 - haven’t seen Adam warlock name pop up in comments in king time
dragon316 - 10/4/2021, 2:36 AM
@Ryguy88 - us agent , and everyone been crying how they want to see mephisto in wanda vision show
dragon316 - 10/4/2021, 2:37 AM
@Ryguy88 - forgot add kang
Ryguy88 - 10/4/2021, 7:09 AM
@dragon316 - that wasnt Kang though, it was Immortus. US Agent I would say is a side character that will never have his own movie as hero or villain.
KWilly - 10/3/2021, 4:46 AM
Markus316 - 10/3/2021, 4:53 AM
The Silver Surfer sounds about right. It would be interesting.
marvel72 - 10/3/2021, 5:39 AM
@Markus316 - I would love it to be Silver Surfer but I think they will save him for Fantastic Four.
Markus316 - 11/27/2021, 7:19 AM
@marvel72 - They never followed rules before, so who knows. Look at Pip and Starfox, they would have made more sense in the Infinity Saga but they saved them for this Phase.
Kumkani - 10/3/2021, 4:56 AM
One of the greatest MCU characters (i.e., a character we've already seen before in the MCU) or one of the greatest MARVEL characters of all time (i.e., one from the comics that hasn't been introduced yet?
Unites - 10/3/2021, 4:58 AM
marvel72 - 10/3/2021, 7:54 AM
@Unites - You are probably right but what a letdown.
Uhhhhhh - 10/3/2021, 4:58 AM
Yeah it’s obviously going to be Santa, I mean come on.
Repian - 10/3/2021, 5:06 AM
@NoerGregorio - Also, Sean Gunn with CGI will be Santa's bloodthirsty assistant elf.
ElricReturns - 10/3/2021, 3:50 PM
@Repian - he will probably be Santa.
Uhhhhhh - 10/4/2021, 7:01 AM
@ElricReturns - Mark Hamill as Santa, mark my words haha.
NJBlitz - 10/3/2021, 5:00 AM
James Gunn… guardians of the galaxy… greatest character (of his odd opinion)… surely will be some obscure merry drunk rodent.
No chance it’s anyone big or important, not in a holiday special.
TheWalkingCuban - 10/3/2021, 5:10 AM
@NJBlitz - I just wish we could hear cosmo’s psychic Russian voice one time
AnthonyVonGeek - 10/3/2021, 5:14 AM
I’m hoping they’ll finally get around to Adam Warlock! They teased him at the end of GOTG2 so let’s finally get to it!!!! 👍🤞

JohnPain - 10/3/2021, 5:18 AM

Though it cannot be, I wish it were...

Matador - 10/3/2021, 9:21 AM
@JohnPain - Hasbro has those rights and there doing there own Hasbro universe so not him.
ElricReturns - 10/3/2021, 3:51 PM
@Matador - thank you for making the comment so I didn't have to.
DalekCraigWasson - 10/3/2021, 5:23 AM
Guys saying it's Silver Surfer or ROM, he said: "in my incredibly subjective and admittedly often odd opinion."

He's playing with you. This is about Santa as many others here have pointed out. Don't get your hopes up for a serious "greatest Marvel character."
JohnPain - 10/3/2021, 5:41 AM
@DalekCraigWasson -

My suggestion of ROM was not because I think it will be but because that's what I want and Gunn wanted to use the character in a previous film.

In reality it can't be ROM because Marvel don't own the rights to the character.
Superspecialawesomeguy - 10/3/2021, 5:24 AM
Probably someone left-field and wacky tbh, I remember Gunn saying that he wanted Bug and Rom: SpaceKnight in the first movie; maybe he was finally able to use them now.

Chewtoy - 10/3/2021, 5:31 AM
@Superspecialawesomeguy - I was guessing Bug myself.
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