Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special Soundtrack Live; Bacon on MCU

With Marvel Studios & James Gunn's The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special set to hit Disney+ screens this Friday, the early reviews should be putting everyone involved in a festive spirit. And one of those folks would be the amazing Kevin Bacon (you should be ashamed of yourselves if you need me to list what he's done), who had a chance to speak with EW about what it was like formally introducing "Kevin Bacon" to the MCU. But GOTG fans know that while this is the first physical introduction of Bacon, the versatile actor was name-dropped as one of Earth's greatest heroes in the original 2014 film. In the same interview, Bacon shares how & when he learned that Gunn had made him a legend (and why that necessitated a second screening with his wife, actor Kyra Sedgwick.

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On "Kevin Bacon" Now a Part of The MCU: "I like to make fun of myself or play some heightened version of me. I don't get a chance to do things that are fun and silly that often. I'm often part of something more dramatic or some kind of darker, edgier stuff. So to go down and step into this world… I mean, they call it the Marvel Universe, but when you walk onto these sets, you really do feel like you're walking in another universe."

On First Learning That He Was Name-Dropped in Original GOTG Film: "I knew it was going to be a cool movie because James [Gunn] was involved, but I had no idea that I was name-dropped in it. So, that was a real shock. I would say it's almost like an out-of-body experience. It's one thing if somebody uses your name in a comedy or drama, but this is a whole other universe — literally a planet where these people were talking about me."

On Seeing It Again with Wife, Kyra Sedgwick: "I called up Kyra, and I said, 'I want you to see this movie.' First off, it's awesome. Second, there's something really crazy that happens in it, and I'm not going to tell you what it is.'"

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The GOTG Holiday Special Soundtrack Is Now Live!

As he has been known to do with his past projects, Gunn confirmed earlier this month that a holiday "Awesome Mix" (with original songs) was on the way. Well, it appears today is that day based on what Gunn posted via social media. And that means we're getting the Old 97's "I Don't Know What Christmas Is (But Christmastime Is Here)" as well as the band's team-up with Kevin Bacon on "Here It Is Christmastime," along with a mix of some great holiday tunes. And for those looking forward to the score, Composer John Murphy's (The Suicide Squad, 28 Days Later) amazing work will also be released. Now here's a look at the official key art released revealing the songs (and you can check out the full playlist here):

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Image: Marvel Studios

As he has been known to do with his past projects, Gunn confirmed earlier this month that a holiday "Awesome Mix" (with original songs) was on the way. Well, it appears today is that day based on what Gunn posted via social media. And that means we're getting the Old 97's "I Don't Know What Christmas Is (But Christmastime Is Here)" as well as the band's team-up with Kevin Bacon on "Here It Is Christmastime," along with a mix of some great holiday tunes. And for those looking forward to the score, Composer John Murphy's (The Suicide Squad, 28 Days Later) amazing work will also be released. The official key art above reveals some of the songs you can expect, and you can check out the full playlist here.

So What's The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special All About?

Set to hit screens on November 25th, the special finds Peter/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) seriously bummed out by the holidays for some very understandable reasons. For perspective, the special is set between Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, in case that helps. To cheer him up, Drax (David Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) set off to find him the ultimate Christmas gift. But when that "ultimate Christmas gift" happens to be located on Earth and just so happens to be named "Kevin Bacon"? Well… that's when things get complicated. Here's a look back at the official trailer for Marvel Studios' The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, set to hit Disney+screens beginning on November 25th:

And here's a look at back a the mini featurette released last week offering behind-the-scenes insight into how it all came together:

Previously, Gunn emphasized that this will be a "TV special" and not a short film. And after Werewolf by Night, it felt like it would end up under the "Special Presentation" banners (which it is, and it's a concept we're liking more and more). And for those of you thinking "Star Wars Holiday Special," you should know that Gunn loved it when he was a kid (so did we). The concept behind the special is something that Gunn had written up as a treatment "years ago" but finished the script in April 2021. And then in an interview with Collider in support of The Suicide Squad, Gunn explained further why when it airs (and where it sits on the timeline) matters, as well as first revealing his plan to film it during GotG3 filming. "It's in-canon, it's about the Guardians, you're gonna learn stuff that you need to learn before Volume 3, and it's great I'm really happy with it," he explained. Gunn is also doubled up on production, with the special filmed at the same time as the film. "I'm gonna film it at the same time as the movie. I'm using a lot of the same sets, the same actors obviously, so we're filming simultaneously with the film, but it's gonna have to be edited and finished sooner," Gunn revealed.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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