Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star Dave Bautista says he wants Drax to meet Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in the upcoming MCU action adventure Avengers: Infinity War. Even though he was one of the most feared characters in the first Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, Drax – through the impeccable comic timing of Bautista – also emerged from the blockbuster as one of the funniest.
And while there’s no shortage of humor for Drax in Vol. 2, Bautista thinks the character can up his game even more in future MCU offerings.
In an interview with Screen Rant for Vol. 2, the former WWE wrestler-turned-film star shared his desire for a character matchup for Avengers: Infinity War, which, of course, the Guardians will very much be a part of. Here’s what Bautista said in our exclusive:
“Oh, I’ve said for years, and years, and years. It’s Robert Downey Jr./Tony Stark, man. I think there’s so much humor to be had there with Drax and Tony Stark. With him being such a sarcastic bastard and Drax taking everything so literally. I think there’s tons of humor to be had there. I’m also a huge fan of Robert’s.”
There’s no arguing with Bautista that the idea of Drax sharing some comedic barbs with Tony Stark is a brilliant one, and with any luck fans will get the sort of back-and-forth Bautista is hoping with Downey in Infinity War. The key undoubtedly will be how seamlessly Infinity War screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely can work in the scenes involving the Guardians, since the Avengers films – while have had their fair share of humorous moments – are decidedly different in tone than the Guardians of the Galaxy films.
While Markus and McFeeley – who previously collaborated on Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: Civil War – clearly know the MCU inside and out (they also created Agent Carter together), they’ll also have Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn to help out on Infinity War. Gunn, who told Screen Rant that he has “a little work to do on Infinity War” before he starts work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, will no doubt have an influence on how the characters will be presented in the film.
The good thing is, fans won’t have to wait long to find out how the Guardians humor fits into the Avengers’ more serious world. Giving some insight into Infinity War, Zoe Saldana (Gamora) says the Guardians are providing levity in the Avengers’ dramatic showdown with Thanos.