If you still have time to get to Vegas and place your bets on which member of the team doesn’t make it out alive in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, you might want to consider putting some coin down on Drax. Dave Bautista has consistently said that Vol. 3 would be his last turn as Drax as he looks to find “meatier parts” and “more dramatic roles” as he grows his acting career. Bautista has been so consistent in his stance that the actor is beginning to question why the stance is even newsworthy at this point, something he expounded on in a visit to The Tonight Show while promoting his new film, M. Night Shyamalan‘s Knock at the Cabin.
“Yeah, it’s weird. I don’t know why it’s news,” Bautista told host Jimmy Fallon. “This is my seventh film as Drax,” the actor continued, “and my third Guardians. It was like our trilogy. That’s kind of what we all signed up for, to do a trilogy. And I think this will be the last version of our Guardians of the Galaxy.”
“It’s hard, but it’s time,” Bautista said of his decision to walk away from the role of Drax. “We all had those perfect character arcs and such a storybook ending,” he explained. “I constantly relate it to the way I ended my wrestling career. I ended it on a storybook note. And I would never go back and tarnish that. And it’s the same with this,” Bautista said, adding that he “would never sign up for another job as Drax just to get a paycheck.”
Drax has served as a largely comedic character throughout his appearances and while there will certainly still be some humorous moments in Vol. 3, it seems director James Gunn has constructed something much more dramatic for his MCU farewell which hits theaters on May 5th, 2023.