“Guardians of the Galaxy 3” as conclusion: Marvel star confirms the end of his MCU journey

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” will be one big goodbye from the looks of it. In an interview, Dave Bautista confirmed that it will be his last MCU film.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3

When the first trailer for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” was released, quite a few fans were already saying goodbye to their Marvel heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) via social channels. If the trailer hinted at one thing, it’s that quite a few of the characters you’ve grown fond of may find their end in the next great threat they face.

In fact, all of the stars who have garnered many fans as members of the Guardians over the years have, in one way or another, hinted that their end in the MCU will soon be theirs. Zoe Saldaña, who embodies Gamora, recently spoke of a “nice departure”, Nebula actress Karen Gillan was unsure about the further MCU future of her character and Rocket Raccoon, which is spoken by Bradley Cooper in the US original, fans fear the death of the pugnacious raccoon. On the other hand, it is absolutely certain that Dave Bautista will give his farewell performance as fan favorite Drax the Destroyer with the Guardians’ third Marvel adventure.

Bautista has hinted a number of times in the past that he’s tired of spending hours in the mask to transform into Drax, let alone all the training for the shirtless performance. He will be 54 when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 hits theaters, the former wrestler said. It’s getting harder and harder to maintain Drax’s muscular physique.

A solution could at least be found for these problems: Anyone who has seen the contemplative Christmas film “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special” on Disney + should have noticed that Drax is now wearing shirts and vests. He is no longer topless in the trailer for the third Guardians movie either. In an excellent conversation with GQ Bautista once again confirmed his definitive departure from the MCU and in the same breath referred to his acting ambitions that go beyond the Marvel comic universe:

“I’m so thankful for Drax. I love him. But it’s a relief [dass es vorbei ist]. It wasn’t all pleasant. It was tough playing that role. The makeup process was killing me. And I just don’t know if I want to make Drax my legacy – it’s a silly performance; and I want to do more dramatic thing.”

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Dave Bautista wants to be recognized as an actor

Director James Gunn, who will be delivering his final MCU film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, to devote himself to his new role with the competition as co-CEO and chairman of DC Studios, once let it be known that that he had to fight long and hard to be able to cast Dave Bautista as Drax. And that, although the role should not be a demanding task. This shows the reputation that former wrestling stars still have in the film industry.

Bautista wants to change that. Unlike his colleague Dwayne Johnson, who has topped the blockbuster mainstream with rather one-dimensional characters, the son of a Greek mother and a Filipino mother thirsts for demanding roles in works that are more than the next blockbuster. Bautista wants to be recognized as an actor. And he’ll never be if he stays Drax forever – even if he cried uncontrollably when he got the part.

His “Glass Onion” director Rian Johnson recently praised Bautista for him as the best actor among former wrestling stars. And also M. Night Shyamalan, who wrote the horror thriller “Knock At the Cabin” with him (German cinema release on February 16, 2023) calls it a “revelation,” an “anomaly of a person who looks like this and can act at that level.” And then there’s Dune 2, the end of 2023 to come to the cinemas. The year of the Water Rabbit is likely to be the year of the gentle giant Dave Bautista.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” starts in Germany on May 3, 2023 in the cinemas.

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