Marvel Studios Reportedly Not Interested In James Gunn's Drax & Mantis Spin-Off

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is officially set to release in theaters on May 5, 2023. That will be exactly six years after Vol. 2 released and nearly nine years since the original. Director James Gunn recently said "it’s a little stressful that the release date is so close" despite it being about two years away.

Gunn also recently said that he plans for Vol. 3 to be the last of his Guardians films. Drax actor Dave Bautista added to that recently saying Vol. 3 is " probably going to be the end" of him as that character.

Of course, spin-offs like The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special and I Am Groot are set to come out for Marvel Studios, but one rumored Guardians offshoot doesn't appear to be happening.


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In a recent interview with Digital Spy , Dave Bautista said he doesn't think Marvel Studios is "very interested" in a Drax and Mantis movie within the MCU. Bautista mentioned that there were talks about it and it was director James Gunn's idea, although he hasn't "heard any follow-up" on the matter from Marvel Studios:

"There were talks for a while about a Drax and Mantis film. It was really because it was James Gunn's idea. He really wanted to do a Drax and Mantis film. He laid it out to me. I thought it was such a brilliant idea, but I haven't heard any follow-up from the studio."

Bautista added that he's not sure this project would fit into the MCU's massive slate of upcoming projects .

"I don't think they're very interested, or it doesn't fit into the way they have things mapped out..."


All signs point to The Holiday Special and Vol. 3 being the final time MCU fans will spend time with these beloved characters. There's always options in this universe for where a character may appear, but this team of Star-Lord, Groot, Rocket, Gamora, Drax, and Mantis will likely never share the screen together after Gunn's third installment.

This Drax and Mantis film seems like it would've been better suited on the small Disney+ screen, but Bautista himself has said he “would be miserable” doing a show because of the makeup. Maybe one day, Gunn will reveal in an interview or on Twitter what was going to happen in the Drax and Mantis movie; but for now fans will have to be satisfied with their appearances in Thor: Love and Thunder, The Holiday Special and Vol. 3.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will blast into theaters on May 5, 2023.

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