Avengers: Infinity War isn't going to just be another Marvel blockbuster or even just another regular Avengers installment. It's gearing up to be Marvel's biggest cinematic story yet, and quite frankly, one of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood. Nearly every major Marvel hero introduced over the last decade will be involved in some way, along with a fair number of supporting characters and a few new players being introduced. In other words, Avengers: Infinity War is going to have a gigantic ensemble, and Dave Bautista, a.k.a. Drax the Destroyer, that's going to present some challenges.
With upwards of 65 characters expected to appear in Avengers: Infinity War, Dave Bautista told Collider he thinks it will be impossible to get most of the movie's actors together for even one scene, which is why CGI and other workarounds will be necessary for some of the folks who are dealing with time restrictions. As he put it:
I think they're going to have to [use CG] because to bring in that many people who are just so busy, it's got to be a logistics nightmare. So when they say that there's something that's delayed, I don't even ask because I totally get it. I can totally just empathize with them. I can't imagine that this is an easy task.
Nope, quite the opposite. It's hard enough getting actors in one spot for something like Avengers: Age of Ultron or Captain America: Civil War, but Avengers: Infinity War is taking this to the next level...and then a few more levels. With such a large cast, it's going be near impossible for everyone to share the same space at the same time, thus necessitating CGI or other ways to accommodate for absent performers. In fact, it's already been reported that Benedict Cumberbatch will have someone standing in for him as Doctor Strange until he finishes his work on The Current War, then he'll reshoot any scenes where his face needs to be seen. Since Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 are shooting back-to-back, these kind of challenges will likely affect the latter as well.
Ever since Thanos cameoed at the end of The Avengers, he's been slowly set up as the Marvel Cinematic Universe's overarching antagonist, and once he seizes the power of the six Infinity Stones, he'll be nearly invincible. It's going to take the full might of nearly every prominent MCU protagonist to take him down, including Drax the Destroyer and his fellow Guardians of the Galaxy. Dave Bautista also added during the interview that Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark is the Marvel character he's most keen on sharing scenes with, so he may finally get that opportunity during Infinity War.
Avengers: Infinity War kicked off production yesterday, and it will arrive in theaters on May 4, 2018.