James Gunn is working on the screenplay for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and we’re still a long way off from their presumed crossover in Avengers 3, which everyone assumes will happen because of the Infinity Gauntlet storyline but which hasn’t officially been confirmed by Marvel Studios yet. (But let’s be real – it’s happening.) The first Guardians of the Galaxy is one of my favorite films of the year, and the ensemble cast was a large reason for that. One of the movie’s biggest surprises was Dave Bautista’s Drax the Destroyer, who I admittedly still thought was the weakest link in the main group of anti-heroes but proved to be much funnier and more soulful than expected. He was effective, and delivered a strong performance for a guy who doesn’t have a ton of acting experience outside of professional wrestling.
A wrestling website called PW Mania is reporting that Marvel is “restructuring his contract” that will likely result in him getting more money because of the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, and they mention he’ll appear in Guardians 2 (a no-brainer) and that “he will have a significant role” in Avengers 3.
Listen, I’m aware of how ridiculous it is to sit here and speculate about how large a role an actor will have in a movie that’s nearly five years away – especially when that script hasn’t even been written yet – but allow me to point to a news story from yesterday to indicate how this might actually come true. The directors of Captain America 3 mentioned that Marvel’s Kevin Feige has had the title and basic storyline in mind for that film for ten years, and we already know that Feige has Marvel movies planned through 2028. It’s not unreasonable, then, to assume that he knows the basic plot elements that will go into these films ahead of time (many of them are based on pre-existing comics, after all). Drax having a large role in Avengers 3 makes sense, considering he actually kills Thanos in one run of the comics. Will that happen in the movies? We’re not sure, but Kevin Feige might be. That could be one of those defining moments that he wants to make sure is captured on film, and while he’ll presumably let whoever writes Avengers 3 fill in most of the gaps on their own, he certainly has major things that he wants covered.
What do you think? Is this too early to be talking about Drax’s role in Avengers 3? Or because Thanos killed his family, do you think he’ll get a chance to exact his revenge on screen a few years from now?
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