Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special spoilers follow.
Guardians of the Galaxy is great, but it’s not exactly good, if you understand our drift.
Drax rips people apart with his arms and jibes, while anyone with a metal appendage should be careful around Rocket’s vicinity. Then there’s Nebula, the badass 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 an idiot.
What this team really needs to move forward is someone good to balance things out. A very good dog, if you will…
Fortunately, the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special has it covered with 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 join the team in this all-new special.
As revealed earlier this year at Comic-Con, Maria Bakalova of Borate 2 will lend his voice to Cosmo while CGI will take care of the rest. Russian-speaking dogs are hard to come by these days, apparently. Especially those with the same color coat that Cosmo sports in the source material.
Speaking of which, Cosmo is actually a pretty good boy in Marvel Comics, not a girl. James Gunn decided to change things up in honor of the real Laika, who was actually the first dog to be sent into space (as revealed on Twitter).
There are clear parallels between Laika and Cosmo’s comic book origin, namely that they were both test subjects sent into space by the USSR. However, Cosmo’s story took a crazier turn when cosmic rays, much like those that hit the Fantastic Four, imbued Cosmo with psychic powers and heightened intellect.
Thanks to these gifts, Cosmo can catch dog treats (and more!) with his mind, and he can now ask for belly scratches straight up with 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 as of yet. So far, we’ve only seen 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 seen in the What if…? episode ‘What If…T’Challa Becomes a Star-Lord?’, but it’s not even set in the same universe, so that’s not much help.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special doesn’t reveal much more about Cosmo beyond the fact that she’s a psychic-talking dog, but it’s interesting that we’re introduced to her here on Knowhere.
In the comics, Cosmo eventually becomes the security manager of this key. Guardians place, where they meet Nova, the cosmic space cop who is set to make her MCU debut very soon.
The Cosmo comic has been a very loyal ally to the Guardians rather than a full member, and it’s possible that’s the case on screen as well – although his increased presence in the Holiday special suggests she might be on the team now, after all.
Anyway, Cosmo comics found another space team named the Annihilators, and while their time together was pretty short, we hope that means Cosmo’s MCU debut might help introduce some teammates. like the Silver Surfer, Quasar, and even Thor’s best friend Beta Ray Bill (who nearly appeared in 2017 Thor: Ragnarok).
Whatever happens, just know that Cosmo’s story will almost certainly tie into the High Evolutionary, which is expected to be the main antagonist of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. One of the main reasons he sucks is because of the way he experiments on animals, creating tortured human hybrids.
This obsession will clearly impact Cosmo and Rocket, if it hasn’t already. But Cosmo is a pretty good girl, and deep down, Guardians are pretty awesome too, so High Evolutionary will have their work cut out for them when our favorites return for their final outing.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1 and Volume 2, as good as The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, are all available to watch now on Disney+then Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 arrives May 5, 2023.