Dave Bautista says his shirtless scenes as Drax are part of the reason why he is exiting the MCU after Guardians of the Galaxy 3. While Bautista’s fame is originally owed to his long reign as champion of the WWE, he is now arguably more well-known as the lovably dense alien from Guardians of the Galaxy, Drax the Destroyer. Since the Marvel sub-franchise’s first installment in 2014, Bautista has portrayed Drax in the 2017 sequel, in Avengers: Infinity War, and in Endgame.

Bautista will reprise the fan-favorite role for the highly anticipated Phase 4 team-up film, Thor: Love and Thunder, which began filming late last year and has been teased as having an Avengers-like cast. Bautista will then reprise the role for a final time in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Gunn previously reaffirmed this will also be his last film in the series, which has certainly influenced Bautista’s decision to step away. The Drax actor is also likely looking to expand his range and experiment with different roles outside of the MCU, as he will be appearing in Zack Snyder’s Army of Dead and Denis Villeneuve’s Dune in prominent roles. To boot, he was also recently cast in the Knives Out sequel.

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