James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special Is Full Of DC Easter Eggs


One of the most striking references to Marvel’s chief competitor, DC, comes after Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) succeed in kidnapping Kevin Bacon only to realize he’s not the hero they thought he was, but merely an actor who plays heroic characters. Bacon, realizing that his captors are disappointed, puts on a British accent and pretends to be a World War II fighter pilot. Mantis insists he uses his own voice, at which point he strangely chooses to put on the persona of a character that Bacon has never played before, announcing, “Hello, I’m the Batman. Hello, I’m Bruce Wayne.”

Like many directors, James Gunn does like to reuse the same actors that he’s used before since he has good reason to trust them again. In “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special,” actor Tinashe Kajese makes a small cameo as Officer Fitzgibbon. Kajese previously played ARGUS agent and Suicide Squad support staffer Flo Crawley in Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad.” Similarly, German comedian Flula Borg has a cameo in the special as the bartender. Borg also played Javelin, a member of the doomed first wave of cannon fodder characters, in “The Suicide Squad.” Additionally, after Drax and Mantis are given a copy of the Map to the Stars, which lists the addresses of several celebrities, an animation shows them going to these celebrities’ homes on the map. The celebrities shown include “The Suicide Squad” stars Margot Robbie and John Cena, the latter of whom starred in “The Peacemaker.”

But for all the DC Easter Eggs in the special, there are almost as many Disney and Marvel Easter Eggs to be caught, particularly in one scene.

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