Why Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Drax Is Gray Instead Of Green

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn explains why Dave Bautista’s Drax is gray in the MCU instead of green like his comics counterpart.

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn explained why Drax is gray instead of green. The lovably dense alien made his cinematic debut in 2012’s Guardians of the Galaxy, portrayed by WWE star turned actor Dave Bautista. Since the first installment of Marvel’s sub-franchise, Drax the Destroyer has appeared in the 2017 sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and two Avengers movies, Infinity War and Endgame. Drax’s upcoming appearances include the Phase 4 films Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

While Gunn has reaffirmed a few times that Vol. 3 will be his last Guardians movie, Bautista shocked fans and made headlines last month when he said it would also be his last as Drax, citing the shirtless scenes are part of the reason for his exit. Other than being incessantly shirtless, Drax’s gray skin has also become a signature part of the character’s appearance, compared to his comics counterpart, who is bright green. Some have even debated the color of Drax’s skin on-screen as grey, blue, or a combination of the two. Gunn previously cleared up this confusion, saying that he is gray, but can appear blue or green depending on the lighting.

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Now, Gunn is here to explain the reasoning behind the color choice. A fan reached out to the director on Twitter, asking why he made Drax gray instead of green like he is in the comics. Gunn responded, saying there were already too many green characters in the MCU, namely Hulk and Gamora, and “green is the most difficult color to get to look like actual skin.” After multiple screen tests, he decided Drax looked best with gray skin. Read Gunn’s complete response below:

Because there were enough green people in the MCU and green is the most difficult color to get to look like actual skin. We tested a lot of colors and the grey simply looked best for the character. https://t.co/fRdSzzpsJM

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 16, 2021

The color of Drax’s skin in the MCU has been a significant point of contention amongst fans, reminiscent of the viral dress phenomenon from a few years back. Still, hopefully, Gunn’s explanation will put the issue to rest. However, some comic book loyalists disagree that his skin should have even been changed from green to gray in the first place. This faction of the debate will likely rage on long after Bautista has retired from the role.

While there have been whispers of recasting Drax, Marvel would probably be wise to hang up the character and the series after Gunn and Bautista’s exit. The debate surrounding the color of Drax’s skin is just one example of how much Marvel fans care about the character, and it would be difficult to imagine anyone else replicating Bautista’s performance in potential installments of Guardians of the Galaxy past Vol. 3.

Next: Why Marvel Can’t Recast Drax After Guardians 3 (Despite Bautista’s Exit)

Source: James Gunn

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