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Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn explains major Drax change

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has explained why he decided to make a slight change to Draxs origin story.In the films Drax the Destroyer played by Dave Bautista is an alien native to the planet Kylos who reluctantly teams up with the Guardians after meeting them in the Kyln prison.In the comics however Drax was previously a human named Arthur Douglas whose family was killed by Thanos before his spirit was placed in a powerful new body with superhuman powers that had been created by Kronos and Mentor to challenge Thanos.Gunn who is set to helm Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 next has set the record straight about Draxs backstory sharing the reasoning behind his decision to change the origin story.Asked by a fan on Twitter the filmmaker said he didnt want to have too many humans in a story set in space.I didnt want to make a space opera with a dozen earthlings who just coincidentally found themselves in space Gunn wrote.How could I even explain that in the 1st 20 minutes of a movie? I wanted a group of aliens & orphans from different planets who banded together.

While some werent happy with the decision most fans thought being human was but a minor detail in Draxs story and him being an alien ultimately worked better for the screen.I honestly forgot Drax was human and Ive read more Guardians comics than most. Its just not a super important thing tbh and in that way I think your version of the origin is better one person commented.His origin is a pure comics one and obviously you made the right call. Hes basically fired upon by Thanos ship. It works on the page but would only play as a gag on screen Gerry wrote.When I had Drax fall into the soul stone we had fun with him waking up as Arthur and playing the sax.Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1 and Vol 2 are available now. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is coming to Disney+ later this year and then Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 arrives on May 5 2023.

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