Dave Bautista thinks Marvel ‘dropped the ball’ with Drax in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movies by making him too funny and ignoring the character’s backstory

Drax guardians of the galaxy 2
Dave Bautista plays Drax in the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movies. Disney/Marvel
  • Bautista believes Marvel leaned in too much on the comedic side of Drax.
  • “The whole ‘Destroyer’ thing, they just threw that out the window,” he told Collider.
  • Bautista previously said “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” will be his last time playing Drax.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Dave Bautista feels Marvel missed out on expanding the storyline of his Drax character from “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

“I really wished they would have invested more in Drax, personally,” he told Collider. “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.”

Bautista said that’s not a knock on Marvel because he’s aware the path the studio was going down and what their focus was. But “selfishly, as a performer,” he said, there was more he could have done with the character.

“That would have given me the opportunity to show different sides of Drax, emotionally and physically as well,” Bautista continued. “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.”

Dave Bautista Getty Images
Dave Bautista opened up about the future of ‘Drax the Destroyer’ in an interview with IGN. Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

Bautista feels that was the character’s downfall – that despite being known as “Drax the Destroyer” in the comics, he was utilized more as a funny sidekick in the movies.”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,” he said. “But we missed a huge boat on that character and I don’t think it’ll ever come back around.”

And it definitely won’t ever come around again with Bautista playing the role.

The actor previously told IGN’s Joseph Knoop that “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” will be the final time he will play Drax. He doubled down on that decision on Twitter, noting that by the time the third “Guardians” movie comes out he will be “54 yrs old for gods sake!”

Even without his MCU role, Bautista will be staying busy. Along with starring in the upcoming Zack Snyder zombie-heist movie “Army of the Dead,” he has signed on to star in the sequel to Rian Johnson’s whodunit “Knives Out.”