Dave Bautista cast in Guardians of the Galaxy. The casting of Dave Bautista in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) answers the question of who will play Drax the Destroyer in the James Gunn directed film. I have seen the wrestler turned actor in previous film roles before (The Man With the Iron Fists, Riddick) but this is Bautista’s big break, hands down.
On Drax the Destroyer:
Drax the Destroyer (Arthur Douglas) is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Mike Friedrich and writer/artist Jim Starlin, the character first appeared in Iron Man #55 (February 1973).
Arthur Douglas was a human whose family was attacked and killed by the supervillain Thanos. Needing a champion to combat Thanos, the being known as Kronos took Arthur’s spirit and placed it in a powerful new body, and Drax the Destroyer was born. Drax’s powers included enhanced strength and resilience, flight, and the ability to project energy blasts from his hands. The character often battled Thanos, and on occasion the superheroes Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock. He was also a member of the group known as the Infinity Watch.
In 2004, the character lost his flight and energy blasts, and a portion of his strength and resilience. This version of the character played a role in the crossover comic book events Annihilation and Annihilation: Conquest, and became a member of the relaunched Guardians of the Galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy also stars Chris Pratt.
Guardians of the Galaxy plot synopsis: “Galaxy centers on Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Pratt), a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.”
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