While the future of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 remains in a hold pattern following Disney's firing of original filmmaker James Gunn, star Dave Bautista has addressed his vocal opposition to Gunn's firing.
In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Bautista referred to Gunn as a kind friend who "wouldn't hurt a soul," while acknowledging Gunn's jokes surfaced by far-right personalities as "terrible jokes" posted on Twitter for "shock value."
"The thing I know the most, is that they were jokes, and this harsh, rash decision to fire him empowered some horrible, horrible people," explained Bautista before reflecting on the scrutiny he himself faced defending Gunn. "It was draining. But if I'm not the guy who defends my friends, who am I?"
Since Gunn's firing this past July, Bautista has been the most vocal supporter of the director and critical of the studio's decision. Bautista has additionally alluded that he may not reprise his fan-favorite role as Drax the Destroyer, casting his own future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe into question. Regardless, Marvel Studios has assured fans that a third Guardians of the Galaxy film has not been cancelled completely with President Kevin Feige and Chris Pratt both confirming the film is still in the works.