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“To be able to really tell their story was important to me”: James Gunn is Extremely Frustrated With Marvel For Sidelining Drax and Mantis After Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Fulfils Dave Bautista’s Wish to Flesh Out His Character in Threequel

“To be able to really tell their story was important to me”: James Gunn is Extremely Frustrated With Marvel For Sidelining Drax and Mantis After Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Fulfils Dave Bautista’s Wish to Flesh Out His Character in Threequel

It’s been around five years since James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was released. The sequel to the 2014 film might be the last film that focused on the team, but the Guardians showed up whenever the Galaxy needed them. And now, five years after Vol. 2, James Gunn is all set to release the third and probably the final film under the franchise. However, seems like he is not satisfied with the way Marvel Studios utilized some of the Guardians in Infinity War, Endgame, and Thor: Love and Thunder.

James Gunn
James Gunn

In his interview with Phase Zero, the Guardians of the Galaxy director discussed why he focused the Disney+ special on Drax and Mantis and how he plans to utilize these characters in Vol. 3, which also would be his last film under Marvel Studios.

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James Gunn Admits Marvel Studios Haven’t Utilized Drax and Mantis

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is expected to be the last film under the franchise and the last film by James Gunn under Marvel Studios. As the director took over as the new CEO of DC Studios, he would focus on developing the DCU and take his leave from the MCU. 

James Gunn with Dave Bautista
James Gunn with Dave Bautista

In his recent interview with Phase Zero, he discussed Drax and Mantis’ relationship and how the studio has not fully utilized these characters in the films followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

“I love the relationship between Mantis and Drax. I think it’s such a unique relationship, and they really are kind of like Abbott and Costello, but both are Costellos. But Drax is such an enormous Costello that he outweighs her Costello-ness. “

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The DC Studios CEO then shared that in the recent Marvel Movies, particularly those, which were not Guardians movies, Drax and Mantis have been “incredibly sidelined” and “haven’t been utilized so much.” 

Drax and Mantis
Drax and Mantis

“I think both of them have, in the past few movies that weren’t Guardians movies, have been incredibly sidelined, haven’t been utilized so much. And so being able to really tell their story and put their journey in the middle of this was important to me,” the Suicide Squad director shared. 

Dave Bautista who portrays Drax in the MCU has also shared his disappointment with the studio for not focusing on his character in recent years. The director has also been thinking about a Drax- Mantis team up for a while and he was able to do so in the Holiday Special. 

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Will Focus on Rocket’s Story

The American filmmaker shared that Vol. 3 is a very emotional movie. He said, “It tells the story about Rocket, where he came from, where he’s going, and how that ties into everybody else.”

The statement has made it clear that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will focus on Rocket’s story. James Gunn also mentioned that it’s “the end of the trilogy for all the Guardians, really.” He also said that it’s not just Drax. This could not be good news for fans, as according to the director it could be the last film for all of the Guardians.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 picks up after the events of Endgame
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 picks up after the events of Endgame

After Marvel Studios fired James Gunn, Dave Bautista also said that he does not wish to continue playing the character without Gunn. And considering that Vol. 3 is his last film in the MCU, Bautista might also not continue.

With the trailer release, there have been speculations that some members of the Guardians will eventually face death in the threequel. Considering the situation, it might be Drax. While some also believe that Vol. 3 will bring Rocket’s MCU journey to an end.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is set for release on May 5, 2023.

Source: Phase Zero

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.