Dave Bautista teases some great scenes between Drax and Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War. The actor’s comments come just after lucky D23 attendees got to see the first Avengers: Infinity War teaser trailer at the Anaheim convention this past weekend, which teased more destruction and action set pieces than in any other Marvel film up until this point. But in addition to showing off the first footage of Josh Brolin’s villainous Mad Titan, Thanos, in the film, the footage also further teased just some of the many, many, unlikely character team-ups that fans can expect to see throughout Infinity War.
The likely most notable of those team-ups, however, was the trailer’s reveal of how the Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers first cross paths in the film, with Chris Hemsworth’s unconscious Thor crashing into their windshield while floating through space. According to insider accounts, the trailer itself went on to tease some of the subsequent, humorous interactions between Thor and the Guardians, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be the only character that some of the Guardians will hit it off with on the big screen.
After first revealing that Drax and Tony Stark will share scenes together in Infinity War several months ago, Dave Bautista further teased the two characters’ banter in Infinity War while speaking with Good Morning America this weekend:
“I’ve said for years and years and years that I hoped the crossover would happen, because I thought that Drax would have such great interactions with Tony Stark. And it’s gonna happen, and it’s good, it’s really good. It’s better than I thought it would ever be, I’m really excited about.”
When Bautista was then asked how quickly the chemistry between he and Downey Jr. developed onscreen, the actor replied:
“Immediately. Here’s the thing is that, I went to the premiere in London of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Robert went out of his way to come and meet me and say how much he loved me in the first [Guardians] film. That meant the world to me, so it put me at kind of an automatic comfort level with him, so as soon as we hit the stage man, there was no pressure or walls there, I just felt like, ‘This guy is very supportive of me.’ I think that’s just him, he’s a very giving actor across the board. But for me personally, I just felt totally at ease with him, and it makes for good chemistry when you’re comfortable with someone.”
The banter between Drax and Tony Stark is fun to think about, because of just how different the characters’ personalities are. With Tony Stark being a constantly sarcastic and quippy character, while Drax takes everything at literal, face value, the possible frustrations and miscommunications between the two characters could lead to some seriously entertaining moments in Infinity War. Now, all that waits to be seen is just how much actual onscreen interactions Drax and Iron Man will have with each other, even amidst their great battles against Thanos and his children.
Infinity War won’t be just fun and games with the Avengers for Drax, though, as the film will also bring him face to face again with Thanos, a character he’s had his sights set on for quite some time now. In fact, it’s because of just how many characters the film is bringing together, in order to try and stop Thanos on his mission to “rebalance the universe,” that it may be harder for Marvel to strike their expected balance between real drama and comedy than it has been in any of their previous films. Of course, Infinity War certainly wouldn’t be the first time that Marvel has managed to pull off the kind of ambitious, team-up film that most other studios have been unable to.
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