Drax has not always been a machine of death and destruction. On the contrary, Arthur Douglas was an American real estate agent who had the bad luck to bump into Thanos’s ship while he was travelling through the Mojave desert in Las Vegas with his family. In an attempt to keep his presence on Earth secret, Thanos destroys the car and assumes its occupants are dead. The only survivor of this attack is Heather, Arthur’s daughter, who is rescued by Mentor, Thanos’s father, and later goes on to become Moondragon. Seeking to stop his son, Mentor asks for help from his father, Kronos (i.e. Thanos’s grandfather, so we don’t get lost), to create the definitive warrior. Together they capture the soul of Arthur Douglas and give him a body that’s been hypermodified to be lethal, and they give him one single thought: kill Thanos. This is how the life of Drax the Destroyer begins and he chases Thanos throughout the whole galaxy, for a long time always being the first to put a stop to his plans. It is him, for example, that warns the Avengers of what he’s plotting with the Cosmic Cube.
To start with, Drax doesn’t remember anything about his life as Arthur Douglas and is little more than a remote-controlled drone, but little by little, through different events like dying and being resuscitated a couple of times, running into his daughter (although he doesn’t know it), and his participation in Infinity Watch as bearer of the Power Gem, he begins to recover his memories of his life as Arthur Douglas. His latest station is with the group of outcasts Guardians of the Galaxy, which he has followed to the Cancerverse and beyond.
Drax is frugal with his words, but they are as well-aimed as his punches. He rarely links two phrases together, and that is if he even finishes the first, but his excessive frankness means that his words can have a devastating, or hilarious, effect. Even so, you never know when he is joking, partly because he doesn’t vary his tone of voice at all, and partly because he is capable of anything. Cold and distant, he never talks about his feelings and he treats those of others carelessly. In combat, he always keeps control of the situation and he launches into battle with little regard for his individual wellbeing. If there is one thing that characterises Drax it’s that he is always focused on his goal. Like a missile that has targeted its enemy, he doesn’t rest and nothing and no one will stop him killing his enemies. They’d better prepare themselves.
Friends and Enemies
It’s easier to recognise Drax by his enemies, or rather his enemy, than by his friends. His principal motivation is to kill Thanos, whatever it takes, and this has led him to face the Mad Titan himself as well as his assassins, one of which at some point was Gamora, who he nearly killed. As Thanos is almost omnipresent in the Marvel Cosmic Universe and has a special fixation on Earth, Drax has fought with the Avengers and the Nova Corps and has been part of the Guardians of the Galaxy, all to confront the purple giant. In fact, each time that Thanos has been “momentarily” dead, Drax is lost and doesn’t know what to do with his existence. Only his rediscovered relationship with Moondragon, his daughter, means as much to him (or more) as killing Thanos, although this itself is not a simple relationship either, given Moondragon’s obsession with using her powers to control people.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
There are many Pressing Catch fighters, specifically from the WWE, who take a leap and try to become Hollywood actors, however very few are successful. Dave Bautista, who was better known back then as Batista Bomb, has recently joined this list with roles in Spectre and Bladerunner 2049, but the role that without a doubt has catapulted him to fame is that of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy.
It seems that everything that Marvel touches turns to gold, although that’s not surprising when they do things with such love and care for the original material. Even though, as is often the case, the story is simplified and his anger is first directed towards Ronan the Accuser and indirectly towards Thanos, the character’s fundamental features are the same and Batista’s acting is just right for the part. The idea that he belongs to a race that doesn’t understand metaphors is very original and his acting of this is truly hilarious. Together with Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), he has some of the most fun moments of the whole film and he makes a show of his physical strength and determination that make his battles worth watching. Fortunately, both in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and in Avengers: Infinity War, we will have the opportunity to continue seeing Drax playing the role of tank for the Guardians of the Galaxy. Who knows, maybe he’ll be next after Thor to face up to Hulk… Let’s hope.
So, at first glance, we can already see that Drax is a dull beast but you can bet that he’s a beauty in combat. Sometimes looks deceive, but this is not one of those times. With a strength capable of lifting around 50 tonnes, improved senses and reflexes and an impressive level of agility for his physique and size, Drax is the definitive weapon. To this we must add his especially resistant physiology and an accelerated regeneration factor, although he is so resistant that this has never been put to test. If we bear in mind that he has spent half his life chasing after Thanos, it is not only surprising that he hasn’t died yet but also that he hasn’t been seriously injured. There aren’t many more dangerous jobs than going after Thanos.
Drax is the definitive Military Command. Skilful with any kind of distance weapon and lethal in body to body combat, he is capable of taking on any enemy, especially if we take into account that fear is foreign to him. Although sometimes he can seem individualist and put everyone else at risk, it’s never too much to count on galactic Rambo in your team. Drax is a simple character, never two-faced and very honest in his motivations and his quest for revenge. Not bad for a change – not everyone can be a distressed and thoughtful hero, can they?