Kevin Bacon Joining The GOTG Holiday Special Pays Off An 8-Year Old Joke

Kevin Bacon is officially in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, and his casting pays off an 8-year old joke. The first trailer for The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special delivered one major surprise. On top of teasing the Christmas-themed adventure for the Guardians of the Galaxy, the trailer revealed that Kevin Bacon is part of the Special Presentation. He will seemingly play a major role in the special as the Guardians kidnap him in an attempt to cheer Star-Lord up over the holidays. Kevin Bacon’s Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special casting is not just a fun example of the Marvel Cinematic Universe drawing in another star.

The Guardians of the Galaxy movies have been setting up Kevin Bacon’s cameo for eight years. During the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie released in 2014, Peter Quill called Kevin Bacon « the great hero » who taught people to dance. Star-Lord is obsessed with the actor thanks to his role in Footloose, which he believes is the greatest movie ever made. After joking about the actor’s career eight years ago and even amusing the actor in real life over the jokes, The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special including Kevin Bacon is the MCU and James Gunn’s way of finally paying off the references and doing so in a hilarious fashion.

The Guardians of the Galaxy’s decision to kidnap Kevin Bacon in the Holiday Special comes from their desire to cheer up Peter Quill. However, Peter has several celebrity idols from his time on Earth as a kid. This includes Knight Rider star David Hasselhoff, who Peter would often tell people was his father. The Guardians’ decision to try and get Kevin Bacon instead of David Hasselhoff is a sign that he is really the celebrity that Peter admires the most. Thanks to the references to Kevin Bacon in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War, there are signs that Star-Lord frequently talks about the Footloose star.

A David Hasselhoff cameo in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special would be an opportunity to let Peter get some closure for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, though. The sequel included a Hasselhoff cameo by having Ego transform into the Knight Rider star as a way to try and manipulate Peter. Since this encounter with David Hasselhoff was fake and went terribly, Star-Lord meeting the real version of him could have been a cathartic experience. But, it seems Kevin Bacon is the celebrity Star-Lord wants to meet most of all.

Kevin Bacon’s appearance in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special means that it should also include another big cameo from Charmed’s Phoebe Halliwell actress Alyssa Milano. The actress is known to be one of Peter’s childhood crushes, as he named his spaceship, the Milano, after her. It would certainly be fun to see Star-Lord finally meet Alyssa Milano. With the Guardians visiting Hollywood to find Kevin Bacon, it is possible that they could also encounter Alyssa Milano. And even though the Guardians’ Milano ship was destroyed, The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special including her cameo in addition to Kevin Bacon would surely help cheer Peter up.