Does ‘Avengers 3′ Include a Big Part for Drax and the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’?
Of all the main characters in 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' the musclebound brute played by the professional wrestler seemed like the toughest sell. But Dave Bautista's Drax the Destroyer turned out to be a highlight in a film with many highlights, with the wrestler-turned-thespian selling the character's physicality and dry humor with a grace that you wouldn't suspect from a WWE superstar. So, it's not that surprising that new internet buzz suggests that his Marvel deal is currently being restructured to ensure his involvement in future films, specifically 'The Avengers 3.'
According to wrestling news site PW Mania, Bautista (who wrestles as "Batista") is looking to officially make the WWE secondary to his burgeoning career as an actor. His new Marvel contract will make him more money and lock him down for appearances in additional films. While one of those additional films is the already announced 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2,' the site specifically mentions him being involved in 'Avengers 3', where he will have a "significant role."
The truth is that we have no way of knowing the veracity of this rumor quite yet, but there's enough evidence lying around the internet to support it. We know that Bautista was cast in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' relatively late in the game (early concept art was based on Jason Momoa), so it's entirely possible that his contract wasn't as iron-clad as his Marvel brethren, many of whom have nine film deals. We also know that 'Avengers 3' will most likely adapt the famous "Infinity Gauntlet" storyline, which involves a massive roster of heroes doing battle with an invincible Thanos, and it would be downright silly for the Guardians to not team up with Earth's mightiest heroes. We'd put good money on Drax being in 'Avengers 3,' but we'd double down on Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot and Rocket all showing up, too.
In the meantime, we can look forward to 'Avengers 2', which opens on May 1, 2015, while 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' will arrive on July 28, 2017 and 'Avengers 3' is rumored to open sometime in 2018.