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Wrestler-turned-actor-turned-all-around-superstar Dave Bautista isn’t afraid to make some noise. Whether it’s hitting back or cracking jokes, the Guardians of the Galaxy star knows how to make an impact and tweets with savage lethality. Which makes his response to Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow lawsuit all the more hilarious, as he suggests that if Disney had given Drax a little more love instead, none of this would have happened.
Naturally, this message comes from the more comedic side of Dave Bautista’s Twitter presence. Which is fantastic, considering that it’s probably a time when both sides of the Disney dispute could find themselves in need of a good laugh. Bautista’s humorous suggestion for how this could have all been avoided was pithy, and with just the right amount of the Dune actor’s humor:
This recent joke at the expense of the heated battle brewing over Black Widow’s simultaneous theatrical and Disney+ Premier Access release does come from a basis in reality. It’s not the first time a spinoff starring Dave Bautista’s Drax has been suggested, as there was a notion floated that Pom Klementiff’s Mantis could join him in the fun. With Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn also approving of that potential, the idea isn’t entirely alien.
Black Widow’s legal challenges are also a subject that Dave Bautista has become a bit familiar with thanks to his work on Denis Villeneuve’s new interpretation of Dune. As that film was also a flashpoint of negotiations between Warner Bros and its production partner Legendary, the HBO Max debut of that film was part of a contentious battle itself. Though that situation seemed to be smoothed over rather quickly, with both parties walking away satisfied.
Big streaming debuts may find themselves at the subject of further challenges, but at least we now have a blanket solution to whatever arises in the future. And that solution is, naturally, to give Dave Bautista’s character a spinoff in order to bring balance to the universe. Though, for obvious reasons, this isn’t exactly a concern over at Netflix; seeing as Bautista was the lead in Army of the Dead, and is already returning for the anime prequel Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas.
In spite of the situation that now presents itself over Black Widow and Disney’s streaming release plan, it’s nice to know that Dave Bautista can still make a joke, even if it’s coming from a very personal and very real place. As the proceedings surrounding this lawsuit move forward, we’ll all just have to wait and see how things turn out for ourselves. In the meantime, you can still catch Black Widow in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access. If you aren't already a subscriber, you should check out the Disney Bundle, which gives you access to Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+. Which, oddly enough, is a subject that’s also near and dear to Mr. Bautista’s heart.