Bautista Confirms “Avengers,” “Guardians” Return

Disney faces a complicated marketing problem with the fourth “Avengers” film next May, namely how can anyone involved promote or discuss the film without spoiling the resolution of the cliffhanger setup at the end of ‘Infinity War’.

“AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR” SPOILERS AHEAD

Most of the MCU’s characters turned to dust, but with a second “Spider-Man,” a second “Black Panther” and a third “Guardians of the Galaxy” all confirmed – it’s certain that stance will be stepped back.

In an interview with Collider this week, Dave Bautista discussed reactions from friends and family to the end of ‘Infinity War’ and how he had to reassure them his character of Drax the Destroyer will be back:

“I got a lot of texts saying, ‘I can’t believe you’re dead, your character is dead.’ They were really like heartbroken and I was like ‘I’m gonna be in [‘Avengers 4’]. I’m gonna be in ‘Guardians 3.” I don’t know how they’re bringing me back, but yeah, somehow I’m going to make it because, as far as I know, I am going to be in ‘Guardians 3,’ so I have to be back.”

This marks the first confirmation that one of the Marvel characters turned to dust in the ‘snap’ will return both in the upcoming fourth “Avengers” and beyond.

The talk comes as Bautista has signed on for “Dogtown,” a film adaptation of the irreverent action-comedy comic title “Body Bags”. Kyle Ward (“John Wick: Chapter 2”) is penning the project in which Bautista plays Mack Delgado, a professional bounty hunter whose life changes when the teenage daughter he never knew he had turns up on his doorstep. That project aims to begin production this fall with a director to be locked in soon.