Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, recently confirmed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be his last movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Bautista’s departure from the MCU confirms the worst-kept secret about how Marvel handles its characters.
Bautista’s Career and Role in Guardians of the Galaxy
When Guardians of the Galaxy premiered in 2014, Bautista was relatively unproven. However, his performance as Drax the Destroyer demonstrated his deft comic timing and range, which made him a fan favorite. Since then, Bautista has appeared in several other blockbusters, proving his ability to lead a movie. He has recently appeared in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead.
Bautista Confirms the Worst-Kept Secret about Marvel’s Character Handling
In discussing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Bautista revealed that he would leave the MCU after the movie.
He stated that James Gunn, the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy series, has already announced that it’s his last film. Bautista explained, “when James is done, I’m done. … The journey has come full circle, and I’m ready to just kind of step aside and wrap it up.”
Marvel Studios operates in trilogies, retiring an individual hero or team before audiences need a break. Avengers: Endgame is the only exception to this rule. The MCU is careful in its handling of characters to prevent burnout.
Bautista in the DC Extended Universe?
Bautista turned down a role in Gunn’s The Suicide Squad to appear in Army of the Dead. This move has led fans to speculate that Bautista could join the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Some believe he would be a good fit for the role of Bane in The Batman. While this did not happen, the actor has expressed interest in the role, so it’s possible he could join the DCEU in the future.
Q: Will Dave Bautista be in any more Marvel movies after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?
A: Dave Bautista has confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be his last Marvel movie.
Q: Why does Marvel operate in trilogies?
A: Marvel operates in trilogies to prevent burnout and retire an individual hero or team lineup before audiences need a break.
Q: Will Dave Bautista be in the DC Extended Universe?
A: It is possible. Dave Bautista reportedly turned down a role in The Suicide Squad to do Army of the Dead instead, but he has expressed interest in potentially joining the DCEU in the future.
Q: Could Dave Bautista play Bane in The Batman?
A: While it didn’t happen for Batman, Bautista has expressed interest in playing the character, so it’s possible he could play Bane or another character in the future.