BAUTISTA Reveals Expanded Role For DRAX In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2, and JAMES GUNN Brings Back A Classic Alien Species

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 title card
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Credit: Marvel Studios
Dave Bautista became a breakout star in his role as Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, fans of Drax have something to look forward to in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as Bautista has hinted at an expanded role for the character in the upcoming sequel, saying that Drax's backstory will be explored.

"I don’t think anybody would be upset with me sharing that I think that’s what they want to do," Bautista told CinemaBlend. "I think that’s the goal — is, you know, we wanna tell more of the stories of the characters, because the characters are really interesting. You know, I think that’s what made Guardians so successful as characters. They really are interesting. They’re a little — they’re jaded. They’re just not your cookie-cutter characters. They’re definitely not boy scouts and girl scouts by any means, but I think that’s kind of what made people able to relate to them. And I think, yeah, I think definitely they want to tap into some of that some more and tell more stories, which, as a fan, I’m excited to see."

Bautista also clarified that, at the time of the interview, which took place several months ago despite being released recently, the script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had not been finished, so his comments are based on his interactions with the producers and director James Gunn.

Speaking of Gunn, several weeks ago  the director revealed that Marvel's legal department had barred him from using the name of the alien species the Sneepers in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as "Sneeper" has a sexually explicit meaning in Icelandic. Now, Gunn has revealed that the legal team has since eased up, and the species will appear in the film with their original name.

"Sneeper update. A couple weeks back I told you how the Marvel legal department advised against using Sneeper as an alien species in Guardians of the Galaxy because the word is 'similar to the word meaning 'clitoris' in Icelandic,'" said Gunn on his very active Facebook page. "Let it be known that I wasn't protesting this decision, I just thought it was funny, so I shared it. But the Marvel legal folks are sweet people and, after all of the online articles about me not being able to use the term Sneeper, they came back and told me that maybe it's not that big a deal after all: Sneeper is cleared for use. So keep an eye out for at least one Sneeper somewhere in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."
 
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is currently in preproduction for a May 5, 2017 release.
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