When The Guardians of the Galaxy originally launched, Dave Bautista’s Drax became an instant fan-favorite character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite being beloved by fans, Drax hasn’t had much of a backstory for most of his time on screen, something that Bautista feels was a missed opportunity.
Speaking in an interview with Collider, Bautista was asked about his leap to Hollywood and his casting as Drax. While the actor says that the move changed his life, he does think Marvel “dropped the ball” when it comes to exploring Drax.
“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,” Bautista said. “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.”
Bautista went on to say that he feels like they missed out on exploring more of Drax because they dug too much into the comedic aspects of his character.
“Selfishly, as a performer, that would have given me the opportunity to show different sides of Drax, emotionally. 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. 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.”
Bautista has recently stated that he’s likely to be done playing Drax after the third Guardians of the Galaxy film, so it makes sense for the actor to be a bit disappointed he couldn’t explore more of the role.