Dave Bautista landed a dream role for himself in Marvel’s hit 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy. Following his debut as Drax the Destroyer, the 49-year-old went on to land some prolific parts in films from the Bond franchise’s most recent title, Spectre, to last year’s Blade Runner 2049. In many ways the former WWE superstar wouldn’t have gotten his big break in Hollywood without Guardians director James Gunn, and in light of the filmmaker’s recent firing from Marvel/Disney over some resurfaced old tweets Bautista has had a lot to say.
While the Guardians cast members have made both collective and individual statements regarding their support for Gunn, it’s Bautista who has been the most vocal among them. It looks as though his anger at the decision to remove Gunn from directing duties is only growing, and with conflicting reports regarding the filmmaker’s rehiring currently doing the rounds its only adding fuel to fire.
One of Bautista’s fans took to Twitter to ask him what his course of action would be if Disney doesn’t reinstate Gunn, to which the actor responded by making his current thoughts on the matter crystal clear:
Bautista’s first point makes plain that without Gunn in the director’s chair he will only be showing up to the Guardians set to fulfill his contract; he has just one more film left to appear in in order to do so. This makes things uncertain as to the future of Drax in the MCU. He follows up by digging into the studio, going so far as to say it’s “nauseating” to have to work there now.
Reading into his comments further, it could be interpreted that Bautista wouldn’t actually even want to do Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 without Gunn if given the option. Marvel has been known to let actors walk away despite contracts in the past, having allowed Hugo Weaving to leave due to his unhappiness in the role of Red Skull.
It will be interesting to see if Disney reacts to Bautista’s persistent outcry, particularly his cutting comments about the company falling prey to a cybrnazi attack. It’s not a good look for the Mouse House to have one of its biggest franchise’s stars publicly shaming it, and it wouldn’t be going too far to suggest some words will be exchanged.
Of course, Bautista is not the only one displeased by Disney’s decision, and looking at the bigger picture here Marvel may have some rethinking to do with regards to its current plan for the cinematic world and its characters moving forward, if members of the Guardians cast do opt to leave the MCU.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is currently scheduled for release in 2020
Source: Twitter/Dave Bautista