Dave Bautista’s role in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise brought him to a huge fan base that he really enjoys. His contract is only for a couple more appearances as the Marvel superhero, and a spin-off film is apparently not happening.
While speaking with Digital Spy, Batista said that James Gunn wanted to do a Drax and Mantis spin-off film. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to fit into Disney’s big roadmap for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. James Gunn did try to get that done, but Batista hasn’t heard anything about it since.
Batista will return to the Drax role for Thor: Love And Thunder and then he will reprise the role in Guardians of the Galaxy 3. After that, his contractual obligations with the role are over.
I don’t know what the script of the third film is, to be honest with you. There was a script years ago that obviously is going to have to change because the whole direction of the Marvel universe has changed. There were talks for a while about a Drax and Mantis film. It was really because it was James Gunn’s idea. He really wanted to do a Drax and Mantis film. He laid it out to me. I thought it was such a brilliant idea, but I haven’t heard any follow-up from the studio. I don’t think they’re very interested, or it doesn’t fit into the way they have things mapped out. But other than that, no. I mean, as far as my obligations, I’ve got Guardians 3, and that’s probably going to be the end of Drax.
Disney could always ink a new deal with Batista to continue playing Drax the Destroyer for many more films. That doesn’t guarantee that he wants to remain in the role forever. We’ll have to see what’s in the pipeline, but it would be really nice to see that James Gunn helmed Drax and Mantis film happen.