Dave Bautista’s time as Drax in The Guardians of the Galaxy movies seemingly coming to an end with the upcoming third film, the actor has some surprising suggestions for the character he helped introduce in the MCU: Cast a new actor for a Drax reboot.Speaking with Slash Film, Bautista says he always wanted to explore the “Destroyer” side of Drax in The Guardians of the Galaxy but instead leaned into his more comedic nature.
“It’s weird because sometimes you’ll hear me say, “I wish they dove into the Destroyer side,’ which originally I thought they were going to do in Guardians 2. Because the Marvel Universe still hasn’t seen Drax the Destroyer.'”
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Instead, Drax is a beloved character because his literal-mindedness is often sweet-natured and humorous. And Bautista says this likely won’t change in Guardians of the Galaxy 3. “The honest answer is no,” Bautista says when asked if the Destroyer will finally be seen in the third movie. “I think people are in love with the characters the way they are, and I just want to conclude this journey.'”But Bautista has a solution for folks who may one day want to see a more destructive Drax and that is recast the role for a solo movie.
“I really hope that going forward they will reboot Drax, and I think Drax the Destroyer could be a standalone film. I think it could be something new and something different,” says Bautista. “I hope someday that they just recast it and reboot just Drax the Destroyer and focus on that story because it’s a great story.”
It’s not every day an actor talks about recasting a role that they are set to reprise, but Bautista seems content knowing he will be stepping away from the character soon.
But Bautista will be keeping himself busy even if he won’t be in the MCU for much longer. The actor will appear in the upcoming Dune movie and has signed on to appear in Rian Johnson’s Knives Out 2. Having already left his mark on the Marvel Universe, Bautista seems content working with some of the other biggest directors in Hollywood.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.