Dave Bautista Opens Up About ‘Thor: Love And Thunder’

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Dave Bautista has had a lucrative career. From fighting in the ring as Mix Martial Arts competitor to his appearances as Drax The Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he has made a name for himself as a bankable actor. His latest film includes Zack Snyder’s zombie flick ‘Army of the Dead’ and Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming science fiction epic ‘Dune.’

One question on everyone’s mind is, with Chris Hemsworth’s Thor flying off on the Milano with the Guardians of the Galaxy at the end of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ would the rest of the Guardians, including Drax, appear in the upcoming MCU sequel ‘Thor: Love and Thunder.’

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Bautista shed some cryptic light on Drax’s role in the Asgardian’s mythology.

“Well, assuming that I went to Australia to shoot for Thor 4,” he joked. “I know that Chris Pratt has announced that he’s in Thor 4, but I haven’t heard from anybody at Marvel or Disney where it would be OK for me to say that I was in Thor 4. So I will neither confirm nor deny.”

He continued, “But having said that, I’ve worked with Taika before, and so I know Taika’s process. Taika’s process is whatever’s written on page, there’s going to be a dozen more opportunities for you to shine because he’s an improvisational-type actor and he’s an improvisational-type director. So yes, if you have an opportunity to work with Taika Waititi, don’t even be concerned about how small the role is because if you get there and start killing it, he’s going to make you a bigger part of the film. Did that answer your question in a roundabout way?”

When asked about the secrecy, the ‘Blade Runner 2049’ actor joked about not wanted to anger Marvel Studios or Disney.

“Yeah, it’s one of those things where I kind of dance around it because I don’t want to piss anybody at Marvel off. I don’t want to piss anybody at Disney off,” Bautista said. “And as far as I know, I guess they gave Pratt a go-ahead to announce that he was in the film, but I haven’t heard anything about it. And as far as I’ve heard, they said it’s not OK to confirm that you’re in the film. But obviously, when all the Guardians are on a Disney jet going to Australia and they photograph us walking into the hotel.”

He added, “There are photographs of everybody except for me on set. So because there were no photographs of me as Drax on set, I’ve not come out and said, ‘Yeah, I’m in Thor 4.’”

Besides ‘Thor: Love And Thunder,’ Bautista will also reprise his role as Drax in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,’ which the actor hinted could be his last portrayal of the character in a previous interview with Digital Spy.


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