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Marvel Dispute Dave Bautista's Claims He Wasn't Asked To Return As Drax

Marvel Dispute Dave Bautista's Claims He Wasn't Asked To Return As Drax

The actor sounded miffed that he hadn’t been requested to return in the show.

Imogen Donovan

Imogen Donovan

Dave Bautista says that Disney didn't reach out to him to voice Drax in the new Marvel multiverse show What If..., however, the executive producer claims that there's been a "miscommunication."

The premise of What If... is exploring the tiniest of changes that would have led to enormous differences in the paths that characters would have taken. For example, the first episode considers what would have happened if Peggy Carter received the super-soldier serum that was meant for Steve Rogers. Promoted to Captain Carter with her own vibranium shield with a Union Flag colour scheme, she retrieves the Tesseract and gives it to Howard Stark who is then able to create a HYDRA Stomper for Rogers to use against the enemy soldiers in Europe.

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The majority of the cast have returned to voice the animated versions of their characters in What If... with Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes. The exceptions to this rule are Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson as other actors are voicing the heroes Iron Man, Captain America and Black Widow. This is to be expected though because their time as their characters has come to an end in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

However, Dave Bautista maintains that he didn't get a call about coming back to voice Drax in What If... and this has confused one of the executive producers on the show. Brad Winderbaum told Variety in an interview that every actor was asked to play their character "in some way, shape or form, either through their agents or directly." Apparently, Bautista's situation is the result of some crossed wires.

"I saw that, too," said Winderbaum. "I don't know really what happened behind the scenes there, but certainly, we would have loved for him to be in the show. So there's probably some miscommunication somewhere." In an upcoming episode, it is T'Challa who is abducted by the Reavers rather than Peter Quill and the prince of Wakanda becomes Star-Lord. "All of our animation ambitions are going to still be under Marvel Studios, which means they're going to be produced by Kevin Feige and they're going to be born of the same stuff that makes the rest of our content," continued the executive producer.

These stories will be canonical to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Winderbaum isn't showing his hand right now. "Time will tell as the story of the multiverse unfolds," he said.

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Topics: Disney, News, Marvel