Dave Bautista is prepared to put Drax behind him, but does the Marvel Cinematic Universe stifle actor creativity?

Dave Bautista is prepared to put Drax behind him, but does the Marvel Cinematic Universe stifle acto ...

Every single person on the planet has appeared or is set to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from Michelle Yeoh to Tom Hiddleston to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and there's no indication that this trend will slow down anytime soon.

When Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, two of the original Avengers, were faced with expiring contracts, both chose to withdraw from the cinematic universe entirely and give up their respective roles as Iron Man and Captain America, among others. Now, a newer MCU star — one who made it big in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" films — is opening up about his decision to leave this universe behind. It might just indicate that there are deeper issues at play in the MCU.

Dave Bautista is willing to put Drax behind him — and wants to chart a new path.

Dave Bautista took on the big screen in 2011 with projects like "House of the Rising Sun," but inarguably, it's his role as Drax the Destroyer in the "Guardians" movies that put him on the map, as Bautista's recent appearances in "Glass Onion" and "Dune" highlight his very real acting abilities.

“I’m so grateful for Drax,” Bautista said in a feature. “But there’s a relief [that] it’s over.... I’m just not sure if I want Drax to be my legacy—it’s a silly performance, and I want to do more dramatic stuff.” From there, he recounted an anecdote about introducing “Glass Onion” to his coworkers on “Dune: Part Two,” and how

Anyone who has seen "Glass Onion" or is looking forward to Bautista's upcoming leading role in M. Night Shyamalan's "Knock at the Cabin" knows that Bautista's acting ability extends beyond the extremely literal and often murderous Drax. But the real question is: is Bautista addressing a larger issue?

Is the MCU allowing actors to stifle their creativity?

The main idea behind Bautista's work is undoubtedly missed: whether it's due to limiting makeup, contracts, or plotlines that have to go a certain route in order to fit into a larger framework, it stands to reason that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a tool that limits an actor's creativity. Evans, for instance, made his Broadway appearance in a film that was later released, is expected to play Gene Kelly in an upcoming biopic. (Downey Jr., who made his first

Natalie Portman was so dissatisfied with their MCU roles that they left the stage during their credits (though, most famously, Portman returned to work on "Thor: Love and Thunder"), even current MCU standbys like Elizabeth Olsen, who has played Wanda Maximoff since before she officially became the Scarlet Witch, have expressed their disappointment at the Marvel Cinematic Universe's influence on a film's career. "[The MCU] took me away from the physical ability to do certain

Marvel may provide a steady paycheck and worldwide fame, but it may also stymie a performer in their prime. Martin Scorsese famously (and controversially) compared superhero movies to "theme parks" — and it stands to reason that some of these actors might decide to leave after a while.