Most MCU movies follow the convention of sticking to the present tense when it comes to story-telling. However, there are a few exceptions; Captain America: The First Avenger, Black Widow, and Captain Marvel are all technically prequels. So will the forthcoming Holiday Special, starring Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord and company, fall into the prequel category, or will it take place in the most recent sequence of events?
According to a Twitter post by writer-director Gunn, the Holiday Special will more-or-less take place in the present-tense in the MCU, serving as a storytelling stop-gap between last month’s Thor: Love and Thunder, and next year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Gunn’s tweet served as a correction to a Men’s Health Magazine article that incorrectly asserted that the Holiday Special would take place between Vol. 2 and Infinity War. However, it’s also possible the special will reveal additional information about the cosmic team of heroes from that era, as well.
We know this from a tweet from Gunn from a few days ago, in which he answered a fan question about whether the Holiday Special would help set up the story for Vol. 3.
“Although the Holiday Special is a standalone story, it contains a lot of fun new facts about what the Guardians have been up to for all these years. #gotg.”
In that same Twitter thread, Gunn clarified the Disney World ride featuring Guardians of the Galaxy characters has no continuity with the universe in the films.
“The ride world is definitely a different world than the MCU,” he said.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is expected to drop on Disney Plus in December, and Vol. 3 is slated to hit theaters on May 5, 2023.