Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special

Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special

Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special spoilers follow.

The Guardians of the Galaxy are great, but they’re not exactly good, if you know what we mean.

Drax tears people apart with his arms and jibes, while anyone with a metal appendage should be wary of Rocket. Then there’s Nebula, the tough cyborg with daddy issues and also Mantis, the empath who clearly lacks empathy. Even Star-Lord, the most heroic of them all, is a bit of a dork.

What this team really needs to move forward is someone good to take stock. A very good dog, if you will…

Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special

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Fortunately, the Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special has it covered thanks to the addition of Cosmo, the Space Dog. Last seen in a post-credits scene for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2the Russian Hound returns to officially be part of the team in this brand new special.

As revealed earlier this year at Comic-Con, Maria Bakalova is out Borate 2 lends her voice to Cosmo while CGI takes care of the rest. Talking dogs from Russia are apparently hard to come by these days. Especially the ones with the same coat color that Cosmo sports in the source material.

Speaking of, Cosmo is actually really good boy in Marvel Comics, no girl. James Gunn decided to change tack in honor of the real Laika, who was actually the first dog to be sent into space (as revealed on Twitter).

Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special

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There are obvious parallels between Laika and Cosmo’s comic book origins, being that they were both test subjects sent into space by the USSR. However, Cosmo’s story took a wilder turn when Cosmic Rays, like those who affected the Fantastic Four, imbued Cosmo with psychic powers and a greater intellect.

Using these gifts, Cosmo can grab dog treats (and more!) with his mind, and he can now ask for belly rubs directly in his Russian accent. Or her, as we’ll soon see in the MCUs Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

Little is known about Cosmo’s journey in the MCU yet. So far, we only saw her briefly in the Collector’s menagerie when the Guardians first appeared on screen, followed by that brief cameo mentioned earlier.

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Oh, and Cosmo was also featured in the What if…? episode “What If… T’Challa Became a Star-Lord?”, but that’s not even set in the same universe, so that doesn’t help much.

The Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special doesn’t reveal much more about Cosmo than the fact that she’s a psychic talking dog, but it’s interesting that we introduced her here on Knowhere.

In the comics, Cosmo eventually becomes the head of security for this key Guards location, where they meet Nova, the outer space agent soon to make their own MCU debut.

Comic book Cosmo served as a fiercely loyal ally to the Guardians rather than becoming a full-fledged member, and it’s possible that’s the case on screen as well – though her increased presence in the Holiday special suggests that she is now on the team after all.

Anyway, comic book Cosmo found another space-faring team called the Annihilators, and while their time together was pretty short-lived, we’re hoping that means Cosmo’s MCU debut could help bring teammates like the Silver Surfer, Quasar, and even Thor’s bestie to introduce. Beta Ray Bill (who almost appeared in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok).

Whatever happens, just know that Cosmo’s story will almost certainly be related to the High Evolutionary, who will be the main antagonist to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. One of the main reasons he’s worthless is the way he experiments on animals and creates haunted human hybrids.

This obsession will clearly affect both Cosmo and Rocket, if not already. But Cosmo is a very good girl, and deep down the Guardians are pretty good too, so the High Evolutionary will have his work cut out for him when our favorites return for their final outing.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1 and Part 2, like The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, are all now available to view Disney+then Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 arrives May 5, 2023.

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