“It’s Bittersweet” – WWE Legend Hints at Leaving Marvel Cinematic Universe

Published 09/12/2021, 7:45 AM EDT


Former WWE Champion Dave Bautista, fka Batista has been part of one of the biggest franchises in Hollywood that is Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

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The actor first took on the character of Drax the Destroyer in 2014’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. He reprised his role in 2017’s Volume 2 and Volume 3, the latter of which is in preproduction.

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The role of ‘Drax: The Destroyer’ demands the 52-year-old actor to be in tremendous shape. However, in a recent interview with Comicbook.com, Bautista confessed he will not reprise the role after Volume 3.

Dave Bautista says it’s been a “bumpy” ride

During the interview, the former World Champion admits he will wrap up with the Marvel franchise because of all the physical toll his on-screen character requires.

WWE Wrestler Batista during his World Heavyweight WWE Championship match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 23 at Detroit’s Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan on April 1, 2007. (Photo by Leon Halip/WireImage)

He also thanked his co-workers and the filmmaker, James Gunn, for their involvement in the project for 10 long years.

“It’s our third film. We’re going to wrap it up. And it’s been a hell of a journey with a few bumps. So I’m looking forward to this, man. My cast and obviously the director, James Gunn, they’re like family to me. This is kind of where my journey started. It’s come full circle and I’m looking forward to wrapping it up. And it’s a bittersweet… I mean, I’ve been doing Guardians since 2013. And, you know, when this comes out, you know, it’ll be in 2023, so that’s a, you know, 10-year journey.” Bautista said.

Dave Bautista is not your typical WWE superstar turned Hollywood star

Now, there have been multiple WWE superstars who made their way into the big and strange world of Hollywood. However, only a handful of entities really broke ground in films.

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Undoubtedly, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is the epitome of such a case. The 16-time World Champion John Cena has also been involved in some truly tremendous Hollywood projects.

However, Dave Bautista takes up projects which challenge the actor. In his previous movie ‘Army of the Dead’, Bautista played a role of a zombie bounty hunter.

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The upcoming third volume of Guardians also stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper, and is slated for release in 2023.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports. Eventually, Prithvi decided to write for his passion and first love- pro wrestling.

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