11 May – Dave Bautista recently announced that he will no longer play Drax the Destroyer after "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3".
The former pro-wrestler, who has played the character in five films since 2014 - including the upcoming "Thor: Love and Thunder", revealed that he will be donning the Drax special effects one last time for the upcoming James Gunn movie and be done with it.
"Drax isn't going anywhere," he tweeted. "He just won't be played by this dude! By the time G3 comes out, I will be 54 years old for God's sake. I'm expecting everything to start sagging any second now."
Bautista also stated that he has no clue as to what his character would do in the third movie.
"There was a script years ago that obviously is going to have to change because the whole direction of the Marvel universe has changed," he added.
On the other hand, director James Gunn recently reposted Bautista's aforementioned tweet, and wrote, "There's no Drax for me without you, buddy! You ARE the MCU's Drax the Destroyer and, as far as I'm concerned, could never be replaced. And you have the right to do whatever you want with your acting choices!"
Bautista will be seen next on the Zack Snyder Netflix movie, "Army of the Dead" as well as the sci-fi epic, "Dune".