Avengers: Infinity War left us with a lot of major questions, some of which we definitely won't get answers to until Avengers 4 arrives next spring. Certain things were bound to be revealed in the interim, though, and this week one of Infinity War's stars has confirmed that he does indeed have a future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond that film.
By the time Infinity War rolled its credits, it had built what is perhaps the largest body count in blockbuster cinema history, as Thanos (Josh Brolin) managed to achieve his goal of ending half the population of the universe, including several Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. As devastating as the losses were, though, fans immediately began speculating that at least a few of the film's lost characters wouldn't be doomed for long, in part because several of them already have sequels in the works. It would be a little difficult to release a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel next year, for example, without a Spider-Man. Still, just because some of those characters are coming back doesn't mean they're all coming back, and we're still waiting on confirmation for quite a few of them.
Well, at least one MCU star apparently feels comfortable telling us that he's sticking around. While promoting his new film Hotel Artemis, Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer) confirmed to Collider this week that he will indeed be back after collapsing into dust at the end of Infinity War.
"I got a lot of texts saying, 'I can't believe you're dead, your character is dead.' They were really like heartbroken and I was like, 'I'm gonna be in four. I'm also gonna be in Guardians 3.' I don't know how they're, you know, bringing me back, but yeah somehow I'm going to make it because, as far as I know, I am going to be in Guardians 3, so I have to be back," Bautista said.
Bautista went on to clarify that, since he'd already publicly remarked to fans that he would be in both Infinity War and Avengers 4 (which filmed back-to-back last year), he felt comfortable enough disclosing that Drax will indeed return somehow, though he doesn't yet know exactly how it will all work.
"I hope [Marvel] won't be pissed," he said.
While it can certainly be considered a bit of an Avengers 4 spoiler, Drax's ultimate survival isn't really all that surprising in the grand scheme of the MCU at this point. As Bautista points out, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is already in the works, and if we're basing that film's foundation on nothing but Infinity War, it'll be a movie starring Rocket Raccoon, Nebula, and a bunch of new characters. Gamora, in particular, might be gone for good, because she met a more solid end earlier on the film, but at least a few of the other Guardians could be revived due to some Infinity Gauntlet magic. After all, there's still plenty of Groot merchandising money to be made.
Though Bautista doesn't get into too many specifics, the confirmation of his return also serves to once again bring up the question of how Marvel will promote its upcoming films in the face of Infinity War's seemingly very real losses. Captain Marvel is the first film on the 2019 schedule, and it's in the clear because it's set in the 1990s, but Avengers 4 might be making the press rounds with some of its stars on the sidelines because they at least have to give the appearance of staying dead.
To make things more complicated, Tom Holland is about to shoot a new Spider-Man movie, and even though it will be released after Avengers 4, it'll be preparing to release promotional materials at a time when Spider-Man is supposedly dead to the world. It's tricky, but if any studio can pull it off, it's Marvel.