Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special brings GoBots and more to the MCU

The Guardians of the Galaxy have taken to Disney Plus for a Christmas celebration in Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, and unsurprisingly, it’s full of Easter eggs and references. Of course, the whole gang is in on the fun, even making it to Earth, but perhaps the most surprising thing about the special is what it adds to the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon.

And in case you weren’t convinced that this story really is MCU official, director James Gunn took to Twitter to confirm the accuracy of some of the special’s more outlandish jokes. So here’s a look at some of the things Gunn has added to the superhero universe, and a few long-standing theories he’s confirmed (again):

[Ed. note: This story contains spoilers for the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.]

Nebula really did steal Bucky’s arm

Nothing is better than a particularly thoughtful gift around the holidays, especially one you never thought you’d get, and in Holiday special, Nebula shows that she knows that more than anyone by giving Rocket the severed arm of The Winter Soldier. Of course, more than a few fans were curious as to whether or not Bucky parted ways willingly, and Gunn is here to confirm that it may have been a bit of a struggle, but that the spirit of goodwill, kindness and Christmas won out in the end — more or less.

Baby Groot is not the same Groot as original Groot

Gunn has been tweeting about this since 2018, but it’s even more clear in this special than it has been in the past: Baby Groot is a different Groot than the original Groot. In Gunn’s own description, this is Groot pprgenius of the original, and as their bodies begin to develop differently, it becomes more and more apparent.

Guardians of the Galaxy’s Holiday Special Groot is 100% CGI

Gunn has been inundated with Twitter questions about how much of Groot is practical this time around, and it turns out it’s exactly 0%.

According to the director, Groot is completely digital, and he considers questions of practicality a great compliment to the team of visual artists who worked on the project.

GoBots are MCU canon now

GoBots, the pre-Transformers transforming toys, are now officially a thing in the MCU. This is not really important, changes nothing (for now) and probably doesn’t matter (also for now). But there you go. Thank you, James Gunn.

Of course, longtime MCU and Guardians of the Galaxy fans are already quite familiar with Gunn’s vocal Twitter presence and his pleasant habit of answering tons of fan questions on the platform.

But this round of canon confirmations seems especially fun considering Gunn is now playing for Marvel’s rival team by leading the DC Universe for Warner Bros. This gives each of Gunn’s tweets an extra layer of fun considering he doesn’t want it. to deal with most of their consequences afterward Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3his last planned MCU film at the moment, will be released on May 5, 2023.

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