** This article contains mild spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 **
One character that was a surprising highlight in the first Guardians of the Galaxy film was Drax the Destroyer, played by former WWE Superstar-turned-actor Drax Bautista. I was completely blown away by the performer’s turn as the character and he looks primed to steal the show this May when the sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters.
Speaking to ComicBook.com, Bautista spoke about a scene in the film in which series newcomer Mantis (played by Pom Klementieff), who is an empath with the ability to feel others’ emotions with a touch, feels the pain that Drax lives with. Here’s what he said about the scene:
“It’s such an ingenious way to tell a story because Drax is so heartbroken over the loss of his family, which we touched upon in the first one, but it’s so amazing that they can tell this story without Drax having to break down but through Mantis’ character because her character is so beautiful and so emotional. So, I think it was such an ingenious way to tell the story but not only to tell that story of Drax’s heartbreak but also to build that connection between Drax and Mantis. I mean it’s a really brilliant way to tell a story.”
The actor also shared some praise for his co-star in the aforementioned scene:
“I have to give credit to that scene to Pom [Klementieff], who is just an amazing actress. Her range of emotions is absolutely amazing. She has a strength and that’s delivering a funny line in a deadpan manner but she really has that strength, as well. Across the board, she’s just really talented.”
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Directed by James Gunn, the film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Kurt Russell, Sean Gunn, Elizabeth Debicki, Glenn Close, Michael Rosenbaum and Sylvester Stallone.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5, 2017.