Dave Bautista might primarily be known as a hulking brute with passable acting chops as he takes on roles befitting his size. However, the former WWE superstar is actually quite the comedian. Among his most hilarious acting credits include 2019's Stuber and 2020's My Spy. Of course, his take on Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is arguably his most iconic role.
With that said, Bautista wasted no time making light of the current situation after Scarlett Johansson decided to file a lawsuit against Disney over the company's decision to release Black Widow in theaters and on the Disney+ streaming platform simultaneously.
Bautista continues to push for a Drax solo movie
Bautista, who portrays Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy films (and other MCU movies where Drax, as well as the rest of the films that the ragtag crew have appeared in), recently chimed in on Scarlett Johansson's ongoing lawsuit against Disney.
— Poor Kid Who Chased His Dreams. (@DaveBautista) July 30, 2021
As you can see, Bautista isn't afraid to make light of such a serious situation. However, what isn't made clear here is at whose expense Batista is making the joke.
Either way, it's no secret that Bautista has openly lobbied for the MCU to invest more in Drax in the past. He's even talked about wanting to star in a Drax solo movie, which isn't exactly on the cards anytime soon. Also, when you consider that Bautista has already suggested that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is his final MCU appearance, the Drax solo movie might never happen.
Now, for Black Widow, we've got a primer prepared to help get you up to speed on the latest happenings. Basically, it all boils down to Johansson wanting to get her fair slice of the proverbial pie. Unfortunately, Disney claims that Johansson has gotten her fill already, painting her as more of a villain in its latest statement.
According to the lawsuit, "Disney intentionally induced Marvel's breach of the agreement, without justification, to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel."
So far, the two parties appear intent on fighting for what they believe is right. However, as with Bautista, it has attracted its fair share of big names. In fact, Kevin Feige, who is basically the man pulling all the strings behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has reportedly shared his thoughts about the entire fiasco. The report claims that Feige "pressure Disney against the day and date plan for Black Widow."
Black Widow premiered in theaters and Disney+ Premiere Access simultaneously on June 29, 2021.
The latest MCU movie broke pandemic box office records during its opening weekend. However, multiple sources claim that ticket sales plummeted by more than half in its second weekend due to streaming availability and piracy.
Recent estimates suggest that Disney's dual premiere decision cost Johansson more than $50 million in earnings.