‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Defends Drax’s MCU Characterization

Don't underestimate Drax!

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Director James Gunn shut down a complaint about the portrayal of Dave Bautista’s Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy films with a blunt response on social media.

Dave Bautista first appeared as Drax in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The character is known for his overly literal understanding of the world and his deadpan simple-mindedness. However, Gunn has recently pointed out Drax is not a simple one-note character.

In a recent post, James Gunn shut down a fan who had accused Drax of lacking depth in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.

More To Drax Than Meets The Eye

On Twitter, one fan had asked for Drax “to have a hint of depth outside of just being a walking meme” and James Gunn quickly pointed out their claim just didn’t stack up to what’s been shown in the Guardians of the Galaxy films.

In a blunt response to the criticism of Dave Bautista’s Drax the Destroyer, James Gunn tweeted “Give me a break.” alongside an image of Drax and Mantis from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The image depicted a touching scene in which Mantis uncovered Drax’s deep-rooted pain from the death of his daughter.

See James Gunn’s response in the exchange below:

James Gunn has not only hit upon the true depth to Drax’s character, but touched on something that applies to many MCU characters. While there are several fans who are quick to criticize Marvel’s humorous characterizations, it is often the case that that humor is deliberately masking – or is even a response to – the deeper pain and trauma that drives such characters.

Before they return for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, James Gunn’s lovable misfits recently appeared in Thor: Love and Thunder. Here is the synopsis:

The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.

Directed by Taika Waititi and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, the Thor solo film stars Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe, Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder is now playing in theaters. Meanwhile, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will hit theaters on May 5, 2023. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the future of the Guardians franchise, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

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