Here’s How Marvel Could Recast Drax After ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’


I was and to an extent still am shocked that Marvel killed Tony Stark and replaced Steve Rogers as Captain America when Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Evans decided to move on from the films. I was expecting those characters to be recast the way Hulk and War Machine had.

Now that Dave Bautista has said Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will be his last appearance as Drax the Destroyer, it leaves fans wondering if the character will be recast or if we’ll be saying goodbye to him for the time being.

Bautista himself seemed to imply he’s in favor of a recast, tweeting “Drax isn’t going anywhere. He just won’t be played by this dude! By the time G3 comes out I’ll be 54 yrs old for gods sake! I’m expecting everything to start sagging any second now.”

Unlike Tony Stark or Steve Rogers, though, Drax has a built-in explanation for why he might look different, not unlike The Doctor of BBC’s Doctor Who.
Back before most people had ever heard of Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel relaunched their flagging cosmic line with Annihilation, a storyline that brought their characters together and gave a lot of them new, more modern storylines. The very prelude to the event was a Drax the Destroyer miniseries which saw Drax, in the very first pages, killed and reborn as a somewhat smaller but more agile and more intelligent version of himself. At his core he was the same character, but a version more suited for the stories that were being told, including the formation of the Guardians of the Galaxy at the end of the event.
This is certainly an option Marvel has going forward, where they can keep Drax but also distance him enough so that whoever steps into the role doesn’t need to try and copy what Bautista did, which as James Gunn pointed out is inimitable.
If Drax was reborn in the films the way Groot was, it would allow Marvel to keep the popular character and give a new actor a chance to make their mark outside of Bautista’s shadow. I recommend David Tennant, he’s been pretty good at handling that sort of role in the past.
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