Dave Bautista will no longer be ‘Drax’

Nearly nine years after first appearing as ‘Drax the Destroyer’ in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ Dave Bautista announced that his time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has come to an end. The actor says he feels “relieved” to leave behind a role that made him known in the cinema.

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“I am very grateful for Drax. I love him. But it’s a relief that it’s all over. It was not at all pleasant. It was difficult to play that role. The makeup process was hitting me,” Bautista said. “I don’t know if I want Drax to be my legacy, it’s a silly performance and I want to do more dramatic stuff.”

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’, which will be released on May 5, will mark the end of Bautista as one of the main protagonists of the successful Marvel trilogy.

The former United States Professional Wrestling (WWE) champion shared that he wants to do more dramatic things. Now, the actor is looking towards the sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’, which follows his collaboration on the first film, as well as on “Blade Runner 2049”.

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“If I could be number one with Denis, I would do it for free. I think that’s how I was able to discover how good it could be. He brings out the best in me. He sees me in a different light, he sees the artist that I want to be,” the actor said.

The arrival of Bautista to the MCU

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ marked Bautista’s first major role since leaving WWE in 2010. The actor was part of the main cast alongside Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper in the James Gunn-directed film in 2014.

Gunn, satisfied with Bautista’s work as Drax, renewed his role for the next two films in the series. In addition to the three ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ films, he collaborated on ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’.

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Bautista also starred in Disney+’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Happy Holidays Special’ released on November 25, 2022. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ will be the last film for both the actor and director at the MCU. Now Gunn will go to work at DC Studios, Marvel’s rival comic book house.