The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special takes viewers on an journey that takes Drax and Mantis to Earth with the intention to get Peter a really particular Christmas present. However, the wildest second of all the particular is that it introduces GoBots to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s proper. Let me repeat that. The GoBots exist within the MCU–and not simply as toys.
During a second when Mantis and Drax discover themselves exterior of the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, the place there are a bunch of individuals dressed up in costumes, Drax sees somebody dressed up as Cy-Kill–the chief of the GoBots. This enrages him, and Mantis says, “GoBots killed his cousin.”
That fast line of dialogue introduces an entire species of robotic aliens to the MCU–and one in every of them killed Drax’s cousin. At the tip of the montage of Drax and Mantis taking footage with vacationers, we see Drax beating up stated GoBot. So not solely do precise, residing GoBots exist within the MCU, however people are conscious of their existence–unless throughout the ’80s there was additionally a GoBots toy line and cartoon as properly.
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For the unfamiliar, Tonka’s GoBots have been the primary remodeling robotic toys to debut within the United States–a 12 months previous to Transformers–in 1983. They have been automobiles that reworked into robots. However, they have been no have been close to as advanced as Transformers, as most GoBots toys wanted one or two limbs to be shortly moved to make the transformation full. The Hanna-Barbera sequence Challenge of the GoBots debuted one 12 months later, and it ran for one 12 months.
Transformers utterly overshadowed the GoBots in each means. In 1991, Transformers’ dad or mum firm Hasbro purchased Tonka and its subsidiaries, and the entire IP that got here with it–like a lot of the GoBots IP, though there are nonetheless rights points to at the present time with it.
From there, issues obtained much more wild when a 2018 IDW comedian e-book sequence referred to as Go-Bots alluded to the truth that the GoBots are the creators of the Transformers. In order to “Optimize” heirs to unfold throughout the universe, it began with the our bodies of Cy-Kill and Leader-1. They have been mixed to make a silver jet with crimson and blue markings that seemed suspiciously like Starscream. Additionally, there’s Road Ranger, who helps everybody out throughout a remaining battle, and it transforms right into a crimson semi-truck. At one level, it says, “Transform and roll out.” Additionally, one in every of his mates is Bug Bite–who is now yellow–a robotic that transforms right into a Volkswagen Beetle.
So does this imply Transformers are additionally part of the MCU? Probably not, as that is a reasonably large leap. Regardless, you possibly can see the scene for your self within the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, which is presently streaming on Disney+.