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MCU: Dave Bautista Talks Disney Bad Blood & Spoiling Avengers: Endgame

Guardians Of The Galaxy 8 Drax
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If you were to pick anyone on MCU's entire castlist to be in your corner, you should probably choose Dave Bautista. Not simply because he's built like several wardrobes put together or has a history in combat sports, but because he's loyal with the fierceness of a thousand suns.

He proved as much when James Gunn was fired (temporarily) from Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3 for historical tweets that were picked up on by right-wing doxxers intent on making him pay for his anti-Trump messages. What a world.

Anyway, Bautista was very public in his criticism of Disney for firing Gunn and even threatened to walk away from his role as Drax. Obviously, Gunn is back now and all is forgiven (or at least forgotten) and Bautista was asked by Pro Wrestling Sheet about his relationship with Disney in the wake of the Gunn situation:

“I hope it’s good. I never actually talked to anybody from Disney. I only ever talk to people from Marvel. And they were very understanding about the way I felt.”

“I got people who are very understanding of where I stood. A lot of them just weren’t outspoken about it. And I just happened to be very outspoken about the way I felt.”

“James [Gunn] is my friend. I love him. He helped change my life and I know he’s a decent person. He was being attacked. And what do you do when your friends are being attacked? You defend them, or you’re not really a friend.”

He's great as Drax, so Disney were never going to fire him. Particularly if the rumours that they never even considered any candidates to replace James Gunn are true...

Bautista also spoke in the same interview about accidentally spoiling Avengers: Endgame, which he says was completely unintentional and down to the shooting schedule. He famously revealed he was back for Endgame, revealing he would survive the Decimation despite apparently dying at the end of Infinity War:

“I got a little grief for this which I felt horrible for. But you’re really kept in the dark for a lot of Marvel stuff, but for Infinity War and Endgame in particular you’re just really kept in the dark. I didn’t know how Infinity War ended. I had no idea. We shot all our stuff out of sequence, bits and pieces, so I was never privy to scripts. We shot it a little over a year straight, both Infinity War and Endgame, so I didn’t know which parts were gonna be in which movies. I was just really lost. But as we started doing press for Infinity War, I had been talking to the press openly about my work schedule and that I’d been filming for a year on both these films, not knowing how the first film was going to end and that we were going to disintegrate.”

“I actually had a discussion with the Russo brothers, because all they saw was that headline: ‘Dave Bautista’s Giving Spoilers For Endgame.’ And I wasn’t at all. I was just talking very openly about my work schedule and that was before I knew that I was gonna be turned into dust!”

No court in the world would convict.

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