Dave Bautista Still “Looking Forward” To Marvel Exit After ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 3’

The guy who has benefitted the most from his time in the MCU is the most eager to leave it. Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista has made no secret of his eagerness to jet once his contract is up after Vol. 3, bringing his time as Drax to an end.

Bautista reiterated this “bittersweet” desire to leave once again to Comicbook.com. The actor and former WWE superstar got the biggest boost of his career thanks to Marvel, but with roles in Dune and Knives Out 2, he certainly doesn’t need them…

“It’s our third film. We’re going to wrap it up,”Bautista said. “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…You know, all things must end. And, you know, I’m looking forward to kind of wrapping this up with my friends and family.”

I still think you’ll see Bautista reconnect with Gunn, perhaps as Bane (?) in a Suicide Squad sequel or spinoff. Just a hunch.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 opens May 5th 2023.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.