Dave Bautista Confirms End For ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: “We’re Wrapping It Up”

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rocket (left) and drax (right) in guardians of the galaxy

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Actor and former WWE pro wrestler Dave Bautista made a name for himself in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise alongside the Benatar’s motley crew Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Vin Diesel (Groot), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Karen Gillan (Nebula), and more.

Guardians of the Galaxy Poster with Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff). Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) Nebula (Karen Gillan), Groot (Vin Diesel)
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After four MCU outings as Drax — Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019) — Bautista has previously alluded to the fact he is unlikely to return for additional films beyond Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) and James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 (2023), both of which he has already committed to.

Guardians of the Galaxy cast line-up
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Now, however, Bautista has spoken out about the fact that the entire Guardians franchise is likely ending after the trilogy. In a recent interview, he shared:

“It’s our third film. We’re going to wrap it up. And it’s been a hell of a journey with a few bumps. So I’m looking forward to this, man. My cast and obviously the director, James Gunn, they’re like family to me. This is kind of where my journey started. It’s come full circle and I’m looking forward to wrapping it up. And it’s a bittersweet… I mean, I’ve been doing Guardians since 2013. And, you know, when this comes out, you know, it’ll be in 2023, so that’s a, you know, 10 year journey.”

dave bautista as drax
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The Knives Out 2 actor went on to say:

“You know, all things must end. And, you know, I’m looking forward to kind of wrapping this up with my friends and family.”

For now, Bautista fans can look forward to seeing the actor in Dune on October 22 in both theaters and on HBO Max. And, with the Marvel Multiverse in full swing, who’s to say where Drax could potentially show up in the future?

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guardians of the galaxy from left: zoe saldana as gamaora, bradley cooper sean gunn as rocket raccoon, chris pratt as peter quill aka star lord, vin diesel as groot, dave bautista as drax the destroyer
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The official description of the original Guardians of the Galaxy reads:

An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. 

To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy true with a quartet of disparate misfits: Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. 

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What do you think about Guardians of the Galaxy 3 ending the franchise?

You can stream Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and the three series in Marvel’s Phase 4 so far — Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s WandaVision, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki — on Disney+ anytime.

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