Now that we’ve already met Drax, it’s time to dive deeper into The Destroyer’s backstory. At least, that’s what Dave Bautista says is the plan for Guardians of the Galaxy 2. With the sequel to Marvel’s space opera scheduled for a 2017 release, James Gunn is busy fine tuning the script. During our set visit of Spectre, the new James Bond movie, we spoke to Bautista, who teased what to expect of the Guardian with lightning-fast reflexes.

There’s been talk of the GOTG 2 plot focusing on the identity of Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) mystery father, as well as branching off into more planets unknown. But when we asked whether we’d get to hear more of Drax’s backstory in the sequel. Bautista said,

I don’t think anybody would be upset with me sharing that I think that’s what they want to do. I think that’s the goal — is, you know, we wanna tell more of the stories of the characters, because the characters are really interesting. You know, I think that’s what made Guardians so successful as characters. They really are interesting. They’re a little — they’re jaded. They’re just not your cookie-cutter characters. They’re definitely not boy scouts and girl scouts by any means, but I think that’s kind of what made people able to relate to them. And I think, yeah, I think definitely they want to tap into some of that some more and tell more stories, which, as a fan, I’m excited to see.


Having received at least a general introduction of all the characters in the first film, we heard of Drax’s history with Ronan The Accuser (Lee Pace), who killed his family. In the comics, Drax was once known as Arthur Sampson Douglas, a saxophonist, and it was Thanos who killed his family. (However, at the end of the film Drax does piece together that Thanos was the real mastermind behind Ronan.) Kronos, a being of immense power, found the astral form (which we’ll likely hear more about in the Doctor Strange movie) of Arthur, and reformed him into a superhuman warrior known as Drax The Destroyer. Replacing Thanos with Ronan in this backstory is one of the changes that came with the film adaptation, but perhaps we might hear about his transformative journey.

At the time we spoke, which was a few months ago, Bautista said he hadn’t read the script for GOTG 2. He said he didn’t even think there was a script, but that James Gunn was "well into it." Watch the actor’s full response in the video below.

In the meantime, Dave Bautista will be seen next as Mr. Hinx, a new Bond character, in Spectre, which is out in theaters on November 6.

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