On December 2020, Marvel Studios announced The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, a new television special featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy to be written and directed by James Gunn. It will be filmed during production of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is set to premiere in late 2022.
On December 10, 2020, during Disney’s 2020 Investor Day, Kevin Feige announced that James Gunn would be writing and directing a Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special for Disney+, that would be filmed during Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and that would be released in December 2022. That same day, Gunn revealed that he had been discussing the special with Kevin Feige over the years and that he was inspired by The Star Wars Holiday Special. On April 25, 2021, Gunn confirmed that Henry Braham will serve as the cinematographer.