After completing filming ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,’ Dave Bautista says a final goodbye to his role: Drax the Destroyer

As ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ officially comes to an end, Dave Bautista is rolling up his weapons.

Bautista said goodbye to Drax the Destroyer in an Instagram post. Dave said in a picture with director James Gunn with his castmates that he hardly had time to comprehend the end of shooting before moving on to his next work. He does, however, acknowledge that joining the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ franchise “changed his whole life.”

After completing filming 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,' Dave Bautista says a final goodbye to his role: Drax the Destroyer

“Haven’t found the words yet. It ended so suddenly and I was on to my next film before I could process it all. End of a journey that changed my life,” Bautista wrote.

Dave first appeared as Drax in Gunn’s 2014 film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ In 2017’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’, ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ he made his appearance. After his appearances in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ as well as the Guardian’s holiday special, Bautista is likely to play the character for the final time in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3′ in 2023.

Karen Gillian, Pom Klementieff, as well as other cast members of James Gunn’s film turned to social media to commemorate the film’s completion. Gunn confirmed the completion of primary photography and promised that a “unannounced actor” will make an appearance in the Marvel flick.

“And that’s a picture wrap on the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy,” he wrote.

“I love this amazing cast & crew & their beautiful talent & kind souls. I’m a lucky human to have them on the journey with me for nearly a decade.”

While Zoe Saldana, who featured Thanos’ adoptive daughter Gamora throughout all three movies, was not present, Gunn was keen to point out that she was present for the wrap party.

“And yes Zoe was with us… but the only picture I have with her has an unannounced actor with us!”

While the premise of the superhero film has remained a mystery, previous instalments have featured half-human, half-alien Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Pratt) and his gang of intergalactic criminals as they battled different threats to their realm.
Vin Diesel, Sylvester Stallone, Bradley Cooper, and Will Poulter are scheduled to star in the third and final instalment of Gunn’s Guardians franchise.
Kevin Feige’s forthcoming project is set to begin production in November 2021.