The trailer for the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is here. In the spirit of Christmas, Marvel Studios has dropped the first trailer for the James Gunn-directed special that closes Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on TV — and it includes an unusual guest. Kevin Bacon (Mystic River, X-Men: First Class) stars as himself in the upcoming special as our intergalactic outlaws aka Guardians embark on a celebratory trip to Earth. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special takes place on November 25, exclusively on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar.
The trailer for the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special begins on a sour note, with Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) still sulking over the death of Gamora (Zoe Saldana) in 2019’s Avengers: Infinity War. Sure, there’s a version of her from an alternate timeline still lurking in space, but the “original” being sacrificed by Thanos has drawn Quill into a bleak Christmas season. “We don’t have time for trivia like Christmas,” says Nebula (Karen Gillan) as our misfit tries to figure out a plan to cheer Star-Lord up. Mantis (Pom Klementieff) then suggests a course correction, which involves a spirited trip to planet Earth so Quill could enjoy the holidays with humans.
“How about a special one?” Drax (Dave Bautista) says, hinting at Quill’s most favorite person in the galaxy, actor Kevin Bacon. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special trailer then cuts to a well-lit and decorated front lawn as partners Drax and Mantis head for the door, gifts in hand. Understandably, this is Bacon’s home and there’s no way security is going to let them through. Drax, being the meathead that he is, comes up with the idea of just smashing the windows and breaking in. “You’re coming with us for Christmas,” he tells a terrified Bacon, who turns tail and instantly runs away, leading to a chase sequence where the duo effortlessly skip around town trying to catch up with him.
Bacon’s inclusion here may seem a little offbeat, but in reality it’s a throwback to a small exchange in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. In a somber scene between Gamora and Quill, the latter refers to the 1984 film Footloose, in which a “great hero named Kevin Bacon teaches a whole town full of people with sticks in their butts that dancing is the greatest thing there is.” The name was dropped again in Avengers: Infinity War when the Guardians encounter Thor (Chris Hemsworth). The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special marks the second collaboration between director Gunn and Bacon. Both previously worked together in the 2010 dark comedy superhero film, Super.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special also stars Vin Diesel (F9) as Groot, Bradley Cooper (Hangover) as Rocket Racoon and Sean Gunn as Kraglin, who became the leader of the Ravagers after Yondus (Michael Rooker) died in the second film.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will be ready to stream on November 25, exclusively on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar, where available.