Marvel's Drax the Destroyer lives for the purpose of killing Thanos. It was Thanos who killed him and his family, after all, before he was resurrected into the living weapon known as Drax. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Drax's origin story was altered significantly by writer and director James Gunn. Dave Bautista's Drax also seeks vengeance for the death of his wife and daughter in the movie but he's after Ronan the Accuser instead, and he's not at all from Earth.
By the end of Guardians of the Galaxy 1, after Ronan (Lee Pace) is defeated, Drax sets his sights on Thanos - nicely setting up Avengers: Infinity War. But one piece is still missing: Drax's daughter. When James Gunn told us while promoting the first movie that he wanted additional female characters on the team for Vol. 2 and later that he cut one of his favorite characters we listed Moondragon as a possibility.
Moondragon is who Drax's daughter, Heather Douglas, became. She survived Thanos' attack as a little girl and Thanos' father brought her to Titan to train, eventually becoming one of Marvel's most powerful telepaths. Given Gunn's focus on the themes of family and father figures in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies thus far, the idea that Drax could have a real daughter is an intriguing one and so we asked Bautista about this during the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 press junket.
In the comics, Drax's daughter is brought back and becomes Moondragon and a member of the Guardians herself. Should that story play out in the films?
Dave Bautista: Yeah! Of course! I would love to tell more of the backstory of Drax. Whether or not that will happen, I don't know. I don't know if they'll ever really focus on Drax, but I hope so. I think it's a really interesting story.
Bautista was very unsure of his part in the sequel when first seeing the script, telling us it was all jokes and not the "badass" Drax he sees in Marvel Comics. He didn't even find it funny until script reads and rehearsals when he and cast mates couldn't stop laughing and we can see this easily in the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 TV spots and trailers.
Since James Gunn is returning for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and describing it as the end of this iteration of the team and the end of one complete story, perhaps there's hope yet that Drax will find family related by blood.
Do you want to see Moondragon in Phase 4?
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019