Dave Bautista gives an emotional farewell to his beloved role as Drax the Destroyer.

Guardians of the Galaxy became a pop culture phenomenon thanks to its incredible cast, story, and witty writing. Dave Bautista, one of the stars of the movie, spent nearly 10 years playing Drax. Since his debut in 2014, Drax provided audiences with great one-liners and hilarious moments. Thankfully, we got to see Bautista play the character in the 2017 sequel of the first Guardians, followed by Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and we will also see Drax in Thor: Love and Thunder, and finally in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.

Not much is known about the plot of the upcoming Guardians and what Drax’s fate will be. It is no doubt that being part of the MCU was life-changing for Dave Bautista and the rest of the crew. The actor posted a picture on Instagram, reflecting on his time as Drax while saying goodbye to the character.

Dave Bautista’s Farewell to Drax IG Post

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Who is Drax the Destroyer?

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Created by Jim Starlin, Drax first appeared in The Invincible Iron Man issue #55 in 1973. In the comics, the character was originally a human whose family was destroyed by Thanos. Seeking revenge, and with the help of Kronos, his spirit was transported into a new body, giving birth to Drax the Destroyer. As far as abilities are concerned, the comic version of Drax has super strength, resilience, flight, and can shoot energy blasts from his hands. In 2004 the character was reworked, losing his flight and energy blast abilities. This new version of the character joined the Guardians of the Galaxy. 

Drax was also part of the Infinity Watch, a group of superpowered characters that were self-appointed to watch over the Infinity Stones. 

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Drax has died in the comics before due to his obsession with killing Thanos. He did not stay dead for long. After resurrecting, Drax gained even more physical strength but at the cost of other abilities. His intellect and mental abilities diminished greatly after being reborn, which are observed in the MCU version of the character. In 2006, in the “Annihilation” mini-series, Drax loses most of his psionic abilities, all of his energy projection blasts, and also went through a physical change that resulted in a much smaller body with reduced physical powers. The character grew a liking for using knives in combat.

Dave Bautista Gives a Powerful Heartfelt Goodbye to Drax and Guardians of the Galaxy Franchise - The Illuminerdi
NOTHING GOES OVER MY HEAD

In the MCU, Dave Bautista’s Drax is also obsessed with Thanos for ordering the murder of his family. He eventually murders Ronan the Accuser, the hitman ordered by Thanos. One of the most hilarious aspects of Drax is that he is literally clueless when it comes to metaphors. A lot of his responses became famous one-liners and some of the funniest moments in the MCU. Perhaps one of the funniest ones is his response to Rocket’s statement that metaphors will go over his head. His response? “Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it”. Pure gold. Oh, and apparently, he has “famously huge turds.”

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Don’t get too sad to see him leave yet, fans will get to see Dave Bautista in potentially his final performances as Drax in Thor: love and Thunder on July 8, 2022, the Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special later this year and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2023.

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What do you think will happen to Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? Will he meet his end? Will he leave the group and travel alone? Don’t forget to like this post, comment down below, share it with your friends, follow us on social media, and hit the notification bell. We’re always posting exciting exclusives. Until next time!

Source: Dave Bautista’s IG

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