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James Gunn Officially Welcomes Kevin Bacon to the MCU

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James Gunn shares a picture of his “favorite” MCU character, Kevin Bacon, who will star as himself in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special writer and director James Gunn has officially welcomed his favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe character: Kevin Bacon.

In anticipation of the special’s upcoming release, Gunn shared a photo on his personal Twitter of him and his brother Sean Gunn alongside Bacon. The [Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special] debuts one week from today on [Disney+], introducing my favorite character in the [MCU], Mr. [Kevin Bacon].” Gunn has previously referred to the Footloose star as being his favorite character in the superhero franchise, despite Bacon also being a real-life figure.

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The Holiday Special will feature Bacon portraying a fictionalized version of himself on the run from Mantis and Drax (played by Pom Klementieff and Dave Bautista, respectively), who intend to kidnap the movie star to present him as a gift to a depressed Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt). The Marvel Studios Special Presentation will also feature Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Cosmo the Spacedog.

Rooker’s return for the special raises some questions, given Yondu’s demise after he sacrificed himself saving Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Cosmo, meanwhile, has made brief appearances in both Guardians films, but will debut her speaking voice in the Holiday Special, with Borat Subsequent Moviefilm star Maria Bakalova providing the character’s voice. Unlike the comics, the MCU’s version of Cosmo will be female as a tribute to the real-life Soviet space dog Laika.

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Along with voicing Cosmo, Bakalova also provided the motion capture for the character for both the Holiday Special and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. “I was in mo-cap. I think that’s the only thing I can share so far,” the Academy Award nominated actor revealed in August before she went on to discuss what it meant to her to join the MCU. “[H]aving the chance to join the family of Marvel and especially the Guardians of the Galaxy, which was my first love in the MCU, was a dream come true. I love seeing all the people excited for Vol. 3, the fans have been so welcoming and warm. It’s truly precious and reminds you why you’re actually doing this kind of work, to make people feel something. I think that’s the biggest gift.”

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will premiere on Disney+ on Nov. 25.

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