Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 hits theaters next month, and it sees the return of everyone’s favorite space-faring superheroes: Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel) and Drax (Dave Bautista). Fans are looking forward to the same kind of wacky and colorful action and humor that made the original so popular in 2014, and from the positive early reactions to the movie, it seems like they are going to get it.
Of course, the sequel is going to be much more than just a re-hash of the original Guardians of the Galaxy, and will introduce several new characters as well as expanding on the existing team and their relationships. There’s little doubt now that these changes are going to work wonderfully, but Bautista reveals that he wasn’t too sure about it when he first got his script.
In a junket interview with Screen Rant, the Guardians star spoke about his initial concerns when he saw that Drax would be a funnier character than he was expecting.
“I thought, you know, originally, going into the film before I read the script, I thought they were going to go a different direction with Drax and I thought there was going to be less humor, and I thought we were going to explore more of the comic Drax, more of the badass Drax. When I first read it I was a little disappointed because I thought that is what I had in my mind. We were going to go that action route with Drax, but there was just tons more humor. I don’t really find myself funny, so when I was reading the script, I’d read my lines and I just didn’t think they were very funny, and then when we all sat down and did the table read I found myself laughing hysterically, and even when I read my lines and people would laugh, I would just look at them kind of surprised because I just don’t find myself very funny, but that’s when I realized how great the script was.”
While Guardians of the Galaxy certainly had a lot of amazing action scenes, it is absolutely packed to the brim with jokes — and it seems like the sequel is going to be very similar. Many of Drax’s funniest moments come from his tendency to take everything very literally, which creates some fantastic one-liners. One such moment has already been revealed in the trailers, when Mantis (Pom Klementieff) reveals that Star-Lord is secretly in love with Gamora, and Drax finds it absolutely hilarious. In true Drax style, of course, he doesn’t mean it maliciously.
Fans are looking forward to a lot more moments like this one in the upcoming film, although comic book purists may, like Bautista himself, be a little disappointed that Drax’s focus will be as much on humor as it is action. However, there’s little doubt that he’ll have a few fight scenes to satisfy those looking for the more badass side of the character.