Marvel Studios took steps to remove spoilery episode from Disney+ before Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.
Disney+ recently sparked controversy among fans after accidentally revealing a major spoiler from Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special just two days before its release on Friday, November 25.
As is tradition for Phase 4 of the MCU, the preparation for the special presentation was accompanied by new episodes of the Legends Disney+ series to recap the story of its two star heroes, Drax and Mantis.
Unfortunately, the final moments of the episode “Mantis” included a deleted scene from Flight. 2 which revealed that Pom Klementieff’s Guardian was the secret sister of Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, indicating that it will be relevant to the Holiday special:
Drax: “Why don’t you want me to tell him?”
Drax: “He should know you’re his sister.”
Mantis: “Our only connection is the source of his greatest shame. I do not think so.”
Disney+ removes spoiler episode ahead of Guardians special
Less than a day after premiering on Disney+, the Mantis and Drax episodes of the Legends of Marvel Studios the recap series was removed from the service after apparently spoiling a reveal of Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.
These episodes aired on Wednesday, November 23, just two days before the special presentation was released on Friday, November 25. However, they only lasted about 15 hours after fans started complaining about the potential spoiler.
took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Marvel Studios “shouldn’t have messed this up in Legends:”
they shouldn't have spoiled this in legends. they should have waited for the holiday special friday— kate bishop's pizza (@clairospizza) November 23, 2022
“They shouldn’t have messed this up in the captions. They should have waited until the holiday special Friday.”
added particular indignation to this “tweet untagged spoilers” for the Disney+ Friday pre-release special:
Why are people tweeting untagged spoilers for the holiday special bro it’s not even out yet😭 let’s be thoughtful please— gwen the psychic (@alltheangelssay) November 23, 2022
“Why are people tweeting untagged spoilers for the holiday special bro, it’s not even out yet. Let’s be thoughtful please.”
https://twitter.com/htheraccoon/status/1595549720277094401 suggested they are “going to leave” social media until the special to avoid preview spoilers:
“I’m going to leave until I watch the holiday special because can’t THESE FUTURE SPOILERS hold out until… Idk… IT’S ON STREAM?!”
Did Marvel Studios just spoil its own Disney+ special?
Although this deleted scene was released several years ago, its inclusion in the latest Legends of Marvel Studios entries serves as a major spoiler. After all, Disney+ itself lists the series as offering a “exciting update” about the past adventures of various heroes and villains before their appearances in the latest MCU projects.
As this scene never entered Flight. 2, this relationship between Star-Lord and Mantis was never considered canon, with most believing it to be an idea that James Gunn toyed with before ultimately leaving it in the cutting room. However, it now appears that he was simply saving that revelation for another time which could be now.
Disney’s decision to remove these episodes so quickly only further cements how the scene’s inclusion in Legends was actually an accident. These recaps will likely return to the service alongside Friday’s special, perhaps with that spoiler moment now removed after causing many outrage.
Nevertheless, the damage is done and what will probably be one of Holiday specialSadly, the biggest reveal came just days before it arrived. One can only wonder what Gunn will think – likely something DC-related as he spearheads the future of the franchise as the new CEO of DC Studios.
Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will premiere Friday, November 25, exclusively on Disney+.
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