Though Dave Bautista's future with the MCU is a little uncertain at this point, he's still committed to the character of Drax the Destroyer.
First introduced on-screen in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy, Drax quickly became a fan favorite. Now, after appearing in the Guardians sequel and this year's Avenger's: Infinity War, Bautista thinks it's time for a Drax solo movie.
In an interview with MTV International, Bautista said that the character's backstory has "been lost and overlooked a little bit."
"It's a beautiful and heartbreaking emotional thing to know where that love for his family and that heartbreak over his family being lost and murdered, where it comes from I think."
Prior to the first Guardians movie, Drax's homeworld was subject to Thanos' genocide, with half its people killed by Ronan the Accuser. After losing his wife and daughter, Drax goes into a galaxy-wide quest for vengeance, racking up a body count that earns him the nickname "The Destroyer."
"I really pushed and fought for the Drax standalone film but I don't think it's ever going to happen," said Bautista. "I really wish they would because I think there's a story to be told there and I think the fans would really love to see that story, even if it's not me portraying Drax, I just think it is an interesting story to tell."
It's the last part of the quote that's particularly telling, as Bautista has been openly critical of Disney since their decision to fire Guardians director James Gunn in July after some of his years-old tweets had resurfaced.
While Bautista has confirmed Drax will be back in Avengers 4, despite dying in Infinity War, the actor says he might not want to do Guardians Vol. III since Gunn will no longer be involved. At first, he stated that he would do what he was legally obligated to do, but before long started talking about walking away from the franchise. Since then, he's only grown more combative toward Disney after it was formally decided that Gunn was out for good.
Despite all of Bautista's rancor towards Disney, it's clear that the actor has a great deal of affection for the character of Drax, and hopes his legacy will continue -- even if it's with a new actor. In the meantime, Guardians Vol. III is on hold indefinitely while Disney searches for a replacement director.
What do you think? Would you be down for a Drax solo movie? Let us know in the comments.