Dave Bautista’s film career took off after he left WWE. Drax the Destroyer was a great role for him and it helped him breakout in many ways. There was a lot more they could so to really explore the depths of that role.
Like every Marvel character, Drax has a big backstory. Sadly, there are only so many minutes allowed in each film and some things can’t make the finished product.
Batista spoke to Collider recently and expressed his candid thoughts on Marvel’s treatment of his Guardians character. He thinks that Marvel missed out on not exploring The Destroyer’s emotional side. Batista is also excited to finish his version of Drax’s story with the third installment of the franchise.
That role changed the trajectory of my life. It’s always going to be special to me. Now that I’m four films in…I really wished they would have invested more in Drax, personally. Because I think Drax has more of a story to tell. I think Drax has a really interesting backstory which they dropped the ball on. That’s no dig on Marvel. They had their slate, I know what they’re focused on, that’s what they have slated out. But man, I think they really missed the ball on Drax. He has such a great backstory. Selfishly, as a performer, that would have given me the opportunity to show different sides of Drax, emotionally. And physically as well. Because, if you notice, Drax, although he looks like a badass, you look at him and he looks terrifying, but Drax gets his ass kicked more than any other Marvel character…The whole “Destroyer” thing they just threw that out the window…people just fell so in love with the comedic side of Drax they tapped into that, then they tapped into it more, then they really dug a hole into it. But we missed a huge boat on that character and I don’t think it’ll ever come back around. But I’m really just looking forward to finishing out this whole journey.
The Guardians of the Galaxy cast will be around or Thor Love And Thunder. When we last saw Thor, he was riding off into space with that group of mismatched misfits. Batista had a ton of fun playing Drax, but they could have always given him more. A spin-off film with Drax and Mantis film was something both Batista and James Gunn pushed for, but that didn’t become a reality.
Big Dave Bautista also confirmed that Drax’s character is not going away. He will simply no longer play the part after the third Guardians film.