Guardians of the Galaxy member Drax isn't seen by a lot of fans as a formidable hero with a lot of them seeing him as the weakest link in the team and more often than not, he's been relegated to a comic relief role despite his stature, something that has displeased actor Dave Bautista. Despite the fact that the former WWE superstar is grateful for the opportunity Marvel Studios gave to him almost 10 years ago,
In a new interview, Bautista is expressing his frustration over the way his character has been handled and treated in the franchise. Speaking with Collider, the Army of the Dead star claims that Marvel Studios dropped the ball on his character by not exploring the character's backstory and not giving him the proper opportunity to shine.
Bautista tells the entertainment website: "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."
He also pointed out how Marvel turned him into a comedy actor when Drax was always intended to be a badass. He continued: "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."
I totally agree with Dave's sentiments and I've always felt like the reason fans couldn't care for Drax and take him seriously is the fact that he's always been presented as a weak character despite his imposing nature. Hopefully, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will turn things around for him because the character has loads of potential. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is scheduled for release on May 5, 2023.
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