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Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista and James Gunn confirm Drax’s future in MCU


Dave Bautista won fans as Drax (Picture: Getty Images for IMDb)

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn and star Dave Bautista have opened up about Drax The Destroyer’s future in the MCU.

Former WWE star Dave won fans as the deadpan destroyer, starring alongside Chris Pratt (Peter Quill) and Zoe Saldana (Gamora) in the Marvel movies.

However, he had us all worried when he explained that Drax’s story will most likely end with Guardians 3.

Explaining to Digital Spy that a Drax and Mantis film didn’t pan out, he added: ‘As far as my obligations, I’ve got Guardians 3, and that’s probably going to be the end of Drax.’

Naturally, fans were little concerned about what ‘the end of Drax’ would entail, with the 52-year-old clarifying his thoughts on Twitter, and adding: ‘Drax isn’t going anywhere. He just won’t be played by this dude!

‘By the time G3 comes out I’ll be 54 yrs old for gods sake! im expecting everything to start sagging any second now.’

However, director James has made it clear he’s got no plans to let anyone else take on the role, responding: ‘There’s no Drax for me without you, buddy!

‘You ARE the MCU’s Drax the Destroyer and, as far as I’m concerned, could never be replaced. And you have the right to do whatever you want with your acting choices! @DaveBautista.’

James (L) can’t see anyone other than Dave playing Drax (Picture: Getty Images)

As for whether the Guardians story will even continue past the third film, James isn’t ruling anything out, but doesn’t think it likely, telling a fan: ‘Never say never but I see Vol 3 as the end of the Guardians’ story I started telling back with Vol 1.’

We’re slightly reassured, but also nowhere near ready to let our Guardians go anytime soon.

The main cast, including Dave, Chris, Zoe, Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), and Vin Diesel (Groot) are expected to return for the third Guardians film, which will see James ‘wrap up’ the story.

Marvel recently announced that the film is set for release in May 2023, with Chris promising that everyone involved is keen to finish up the trilogy in a ‘meaningful way’.

Guardians of the Galaxy is set for release on May 5, 2023.

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