The video above and article below contain spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War and (probably) Avengers 4.
Dave Bautista understands how people feel at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. He felt the same sense of devastation when he first saw the film at the world premiere last month. In an effort to console his friends and family who saw the film, however, Bautista may have pulled a Tom Holland/Mark Ruffalo and given away more than Marvel Studios would have liked.
Bautista hosted a friends and family screening in Tampa, FL after the film was released. He left before the end of the movie, but that did not stop everyone from sharing their reactions with him. In a recent interview with Collider, Bautista discussed the text messages he received and his somewhat spoilery response regarding Avengers 4.
“I got a lot of texts saying, ‘I can’t believe you’re dead; your character’s dead.’ They were really heartbroken and I was like, ‘I’m gonna be in [Avengers 4]. I’m also gonna be in [Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3].’ I don’t know how they’re bringing me back, but somehow I’m going to make it because, as far as I know, I am gonna be in Guardians 3, so I have to be back.”
No one really expects Drax or any of the characters who faded away at the end of Infinity War to be gone forever, so this is not a shocking revelation. The spoiler really is how the characters come back, not if. When Collider’s Steve Weintraub pointed out the need to market the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel with the also dusted Peter Parker (Holland), Bautista conceded that some knowledge is already out there, including things he’s previously said.
“Right. Exactly. That’s the only reason I’m not so concerned about giving any spoilers or giving anything away that Marvel would be mad because I said before the film even came out that I’ve already filmed three and four, so I hope they won’t be pissed! And if they are, then I’m gonna get an earful. I don’t know how they’re gonna put this all together. I don’t know how it’s gonna pan out and how everything’s gonna turn out. I thought that I knew the ending of the second film, but apparently we’re supposed to go back and shoot a bunch of stuff.”
Marvel Studios has scheduled additional photography for Avengers 4 in September, so what Bautista knows today will inevitably change at least a bit before it’s all said and done. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo would probably prefer Bautista not have said some of these things in an interview, but at this point, it’s not going to take anything away from Infinity War and it’s not revealing anything about Avengers 4 that we hadn’t already assumed.
The mysteries Marvel Studios must preserve between now and then are how characters like Drax come back, what it costs, and how they are impacted after going through this experience. Bautista didn’t give any of that away, so he clearly has a lot to learn from Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo on how to properly spoil a movie.