Actor Dave Bautista and director James Gunn reveal their desire to film a Guardians of the Galaxy spin-off movie, featuring Drax and Mantis.
Recently Bautista was asked by Collider about potentially making an appearance in a Disney+ series when he stated the following:
“I wouldn’t do a series because Drax as a series would be really rough with the make-up and everything, it would just be too tough. What I would like to do is, honestly, and this is not my idea, I’m stealing this idea, James Gunn had the idea to do a Drax/Mantis movie, and that’s what I’d be up for because there’s just too much fun there.”
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This is the first time fans have heard of any such plans. Later on that day, James Gunn further confirmed that he at one point had a plan for a potential Drax and Mantis movie and still hasn’t ruled out the possibility of it happening.
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A Drax and Mantis movie could definitely be interesting considering it could be the MCU’s first romantic comedy, unless you think that Ant-Man and the Wasp makes the cut.
Okay, hear me out. I know a Marvel romantic comedy probably sounds absolutely ridiculous, but in this case it just might work. The two characters had undeniable chemistry in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I don’t think it’d be too out there to say the spin-off could work. Especially when you consider that most of Drax and Mantis’ scenes together have included comic relief.
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The film could also explore their respective past histories. Scenes involving Drax losing his family and Mantis being taken by Ego when she was a child, could add to the drama and gravitas of the story as well.
This isn’t the first Guardians of the Galaxy spin-off that’s been rumored. A potential spin-off involving Rocket and Groot has been passed around for years. James Gunn has also expressed interest in doing a movie based on the Ravagers seen during the end-credits of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
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Before any sort of spin-off movie can happen, James Gunn still needs to finish post-production for DC’s The Suicide Squad coming out in 2021 and then start work on the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie, which isn’t expected to release until Phase 5 of the MCU.
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What are your thoughts on a potential Drax and Mantis spin-off movie? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to keep up with us here at The Illuminerdi for more information regarding Guardians of the Galaxy.