Even if Drax the Destroyer returns from a perilous fate in the fourth Avengers film, actor Dave Bautista may not return as the character for a third Guardians of the Galaxy film.
Since Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was terminated by Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn following the revival of poorly-chosen tweets posted by the director ten years ago by extremist right-wing websites, Bautista has been the loudest supporter of Gunn among the cast; going so far as to say he would not return for the third Guardians film should it abandon Gunn’s script.
In recent days, the film has been put on an indefinite hold and Bautisa has once again suggested his future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be at an end. As reported by various websites, including IGN, the actor appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show and addressed the situation. “It’s a bitter-bitter conversation because I’m not really happy with what they’ve done with James Gunn,” he told the talk show host. “They’re putting the movie off. It’s on hold indefinitely and to be honest with you, I don’t know if I want to work for Disney.”
It is definitely an understandable sentiment.
While other members of the cast want to continue on in a third Guardians film, Gunn’s departure has caused irreparable damage to the series. As it is understood right now, the film is on hold until a suitable replacement can be found. But at the same time, any director who could make the film may view it as a poisoned chalice. Chief among the the problems facing the replacement is Gunn’s script. At one point, it seemed Marvel Studios was ready to soldier on with it and a new director. But the indefinitely hold means they may drop the script entirely. Doing so means, materially, a third Guardians film will not be Vol. 3. — in fact, it wouldn’t be surprising to see that film surface with a subtitle instead of a volume number. Anyone who tries to make the movie, particularly without Gunn’s script, will face the sort of backlash no filmmaker really deserves just for taking a job under singular and brutal circumstances.
At this point, it may just be better to drop Guardians entirely for this phase and disperse the remaining characters across the expanse of the universe. Everybody wants a Thor and Rocket movie anyway, so this might be the best way to do it.