Marvel has responded to Dave Bautista’s latest Disney accusation. The actor, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), recently stated that he was not invited to voice his character in Disney Plus’s new animated series What If…? Popular Marvel characters appear in parallel Marvel narratives to their live-action counterparts in the series. The majority of the actors reprised their roles for the series. What Would Happen If…? Executive producer Brad Winderbaum has now questioned Bautista’s allegation, claiming that every Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) character was requested to play them “in some way, shape, or form, either through their representatives or personally.” Winderbaum responded to Variety’s question regarding Bautista’s remark by saying, “I saw it, too.” I’m not sure what occurred behind the scenes, but we would have loved to have had him on the show. So there’s certainly some misunderstanding somewhere. ” In answer to a curious admirer on Twitter who asked: “Hey, Dave!! Why aren’t you going to play Drax in # What If? “, Bautista responded, “Let’s start with the fact that I was never asked.” James Gunn, who directed Bautista as Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, was clearly taken aback by the news, simply writing beneath it: “What.”


Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson will also not be returning to voice their respective characters of Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow, but their absence is more expected given their tenure with the MCU is done. Bautista’s absence could be ascribed to Drax’s minor role in the series and the studio’s unwillingness to pay the actor a significant salary. However, Bautista’s reply implies that the studio did not discuss the proposal with him in any way. The Independent sought reaction from Bautista and Disney.


Johansson sued Disney last month over the studio’s simultaneous distribution of her standalone picture Black Widow in theatres and on Disney Plus. In a severely criticized statement that revealed the actor’s salary, the studio responded by declaring that Johansson’s complaint had “no merit.” Johansson’s lone Marvel co-star to speak about the incident was Bautista. He joked that Disney should have developed a Drax standalone feature instead, which sparked a debate among fans. Disney Plus releases a new episode every Wednesday of the series What If…?


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