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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is in an interesting place right now. With over a year in between the release of Avengers: Infinity War, and its conclusion in Avengers 4, moviegoers are left to anxiously await the Russo Brothers' upcoming blockbuster, especially after the first movie's insane ending. Shocking everyone, Josh Brolin's Thanos actually succeeded in collecting the Infinity Stones, and was able to destroy half the galaxy with the snap of his finger. A ton of Marvel's biggest heroes fell in the process, including Guardians of the Galaxy members Mantis, Groot, and Drax. The latter is played by Dave Bautista, who previously spoke about his role in Avengers 4, therefore spoiling that he'd return in some capacity. The wrestler turned actor recently spoke about this misstep, saying:
We definitely see more Guardians in the upcoming Avengers, which we've already shot. Oddly enough, I guess I wasn't supposed to say anything, but I was already saying before Avengers 3 was released that I'd already filmed 4, and I was signed up for Guardians 3. I've shot scenes for it, so I must come back somehow. I felt a sense of guilt because I don't know if I was supposed to say anything, and nobody told me not to say anything.
Whoops. Doing press is a big part of being in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Dave Bautista isn't the first actor to have spilled the beans. Prior to Infinity War's release, everyone assumed Drax would be in Avengers 4. But after the he faded away to dust, Bautista's comments suddenly carried more weight.
Dave Bautista's comments to Good Morning Britain show how easy it is for spoilers to pop up within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The secrets of the MCU are kept close to the chest, in an attempt to give moviegoers a spoiler-free experiences. But The Russo Brothers also kept the cast largely in the dark for Infinity War and Avengers 4, so it's easy to understand how miscommunication could happen.
It should be interesting to see if and how the characters who perished during Thanos' finger snap might be revived for Avengers 4. Some believe the characters may be trapped within the Soul Stone, while others believe Ant-Man will use the Quantum Realm for time travel. But one thing is clear: Drax is going to be around, in some way or another.
The Guardians of the Galaxy are in a particularly precarious position, as director/writer James Gunn was fired from Disney for offensive tweets that recently resurfaced. Guardians 3 is on indefinite hold, and it's unclear how Avengers 4 will service those characters, given the mysterious fate of the franchise.
All will be revealed when Avengers 4 arrives in theaters on May 3rd, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.