James Gunn to Write/Direct Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special!
As he gets ready to return to the music-loving world of Guardians of the Galaxy for the team’s third film outing, Kevin Feige revealed at Marvel’s Disney Investor Day presentation that James Gunn will also write and direct a holiday special with the titular group for Disney+ and slated for a 2022 debut! Gunn will craft the special during production on the highly-anticipated Vol. 3.
The first Guardians of the Galaxy was the surprise hit of the second phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, grossing nearly $775 million at the box office and earning widespread critical acclaim for its abundance of humor, emotional story and Gunn’s direction, in addition to its soundtrack becoming the first album of its genre consisting of previously released songs to top the Billboard 200 chart and having sold over 2.5 million copies in 2014 alone. The second film hit theaters three years later and prove to be a near equal success to its predecessor, grossing over $800 million at the box office and earning more acclaim from critics and audiences who continued to praise the performances, direction, soundtrack and story while some criticized a feeling of familiarity in some of the film’s humor.
The space-traveling team was most recently seen in the box-office breaking Avengers: Endgame and are currently set to return to the big screen for their next solo outing in 2023, preceded by the Holiday Special in December 2022.