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Comic book fans tend to dislike it when an actor is hired to play multiple superheroes in big screen adaptations, be it Ryan Reynolds playing both Deadpool and Green Lantern or Chris Evans playing both Johnny Storm and Captain America, but it seems Dave Bautista - who is playing the green warrior Drax the Destroyer in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy - is now jockeying to also play the underwater superhero Namor the Sub-Mariner for Marvel Studios.
That was the joke that that the wrestler-turned-actor posted along with the image above, which apparently comes directly from the set of the upcoming Marvel Studios film. Wrote Bautista on Twitter, "@JamesGunn :No U cant B Namor & Drax Me:But! JG:Out of the tank Dave Me:But! JG:Out of the tank ya big goof!"
Outside of the fact that it seems Drax will be appearing underwater at some point in Guardians of the Galaxy, it's hard to glean much information from this set photo. It doesn't even appear that Bautista is in costume in this scene, as one can assume that Drax probably won't be wearing athletic shorts at any point in the film (not to mention the fact that he isn't in full makeup - those markings on his skin are just the actor's tattoos). Perhaps Bautista is just getting a diving lesson. If you want a preview of what the character will actually look like in the movie, check him out on the far left side of this concept art:
Every time I've thought about Guardians of the Galaxy in the last two weeks my mind has raced back to the footage that was screened during the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con and I find myself getting more excited for the film. Not only does the movie have one of the most awesome casts that the studio has put together - featuring Bautista as Drax, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Benicio del Toro as The Collector, John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey, and Glenn Close as Nova Prime - the scenes that they showed at the convention earlier this month were both hilarious and filled with awesome sci-fi action. The film may be considered a gamble by Marvel because it's based on a property very few are aware of, but it's easily one of my most anticipated titles of 2014.
Watch the video below to see not only Sean and I geek out over and recap the Guardians of the Galaxy footage, but also talk about what we got to see from Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Avengers: Age of Ultron.