Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 is one of the most anticipated superhero films of the year, and we here at ComicBook were lucky enough to be invited to the set of the film to talk with the cast and crew!
One of the Guardians franchise stars we had the pleasure of sitting down with was Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer, one of the biggest breakout stars of the first film.
The sequel's use of Drax's all-too-literal approach to the world has already made audiences laugh - specifically a scene between Drax, Star-Lord, and new character Mantis (Pom Klementieff).
In the scene, Mantis uses her psychic abilities to sense Peter Quill's affections for Gamora, saying them out loud with no discretion - an invasion of privacy that is boisterously echoed by Drax. Now that the moment is such a hit in the trailers, it's good that we asked Bautista about how Drax and Mantis complement one another in the film (or not).
According to Bautista, "I think they're both very awkward, but I think they're both -- I always said this: at the very core of Drax, he's really just heartbroken. There's a real innocence about Drax, and I think Mantis has that as well, and I think that's probably where the connection would be the most. There's just a very child-like innocence with both characters."
It's already been highly entertaining watching Drax and Mantis tag-team the rest of the crew with their unfiltered antics - adding Mantis' invasive psychic abilities to the mix only makes the recipe better. We can't wait to watch it!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (Slither). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (Spectre) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Furious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Jumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (The Big Short) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The Knick, The Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, The Thing).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 5, 2017.