Dave Bautista Feels that Marvel “Missed the Ball” on Drax’s Story


In a recent interview with Collider, talking about his upcoming film “Army of the Dead,” Dave Bautista gave a few comments on the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”, slated for Phase 4 of the MCU. He seems to be a bit disappointed with how his character has been handled.

Pro Wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista became Drax for 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” as part of Marvel’s Phase 2 for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Wrestling for the WWF/WWE from 1999 – 2019, Dave began his acting career in 2006 playing a small role for the Television Series “Smallville.” From there he played mostly smaller roles until his Big Role as “Drax the Destroyer” in Guardians of the Galaxy.

In the interview Dave stated: 

I really wish that had invested a bit more in Drax, you know, personally. Cuz I think Drax has more of a story to tell and I think Drax has got a REALLY backstory in which they dropped the ball on.”

In the comics Drax debuted in “The Invincible Iron Man #55” in February 1973. His original story involved him being a human on Earth. He, his wife, and his daughter were driving through the desert while a scout ship from Thanos spots the car. It destroys it, killing him and his wife, while his Daughter survives.

Thanos’ father, “Mentor (A’lars)”, sees what Thanos has done and intervenes by crafting a new body for him with the powers of Flight, Energy Beams and Strength. Drax is then sent on a mission to Destroy Thanos, which is why he is called “Drax The Destroyer”.

Mentor then adopted Drax’s Daughter where she later became “Moondragon”. In the MCU his story was altered, gone were the powers of Flight and Energy Beams, but he still had great strength and endurance. Drax still had the mission to kill Thanos for the death of his Wife and Daughter. However, now that Thanos is dead, where would that leave him in the story?

Dave Continued:

“No dig on Marvel, you know they had their slate and I know what they’re focused on and that’s what they had slated out, but man I really think they missed the ball on Drax. I mean he’s got such a great backstory. And that would have, you know, selfishly as a performer, that would have given me the opportunity to show, like, different sides of Drax, emotionally and physically as well”.

Dave would go on to say that he felt “The Destroyer” part of the character wasn’t taken advantage of, saying that he seemed to be the character who got the most beat up felt that the Comedic Side of the character took over and that’s what became popular. He went on to say that he believed that they “Missed a Huge Boat” on Drax and doesn’t believe they’ll get another opportunity.

However, he is looking forward to “Finishing the Story” in Vol. 3 but still feels that Drax could have been done better.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is currently slated for a May, 2023 release and looks to be the final film in the Guardians’ specific storyline featuring Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Drax, Mantis and yes, even Groot. We’ll see how the story all comes together when the film releases and see if Drax does get a happy ending.

Source: Collider 

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