Johansson launched the legal battle following the company’s decision to release Black Widow on its streaming service at the same time it landed in cinemas.
The lawsuit claims that the move has heavily impacted ticket sales of the Avengers spin-off. Attorneys representing Johansson allege that the decision to simultaneously release the film on Disney+ represented a breach of contract.
Now, Guardians Of The Galaxy star Dave Bautista has publicly responded to Johansson’s actions.
Taking to Twitter on Friday (July 31), Bautista, who appeared in Avengers: Endgame with Johansson, wrote: “Told em they should’ve made a #Drax movie but noooooo!”
— Poor Kid Who Chased His Dreams. (@DaveBautista) July 30, 2021
The post was met with divided comments from Marvel fans. Some interpreted the post as the actor using Johansson’s situation as leverage for a solo project.
Bad tweet. Delete please. pic.twitter.com/VpWqtrko0A
— The Jared Matthews Band (@iron_jared) July 30, 2021
Meanwhile, others voiced their support for a standalone Drax film in the MCU.
Let’s get a Drax movie💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/D1sUyQ6nzZ
— Keone (@LordKeone) July 30, 2021
“That role changed the trajectory of my life,” he told Collider. “It’s always going to be special to me. Now I’m four films in… I really wish that they would have invested more in Drax, personally.”
He added: “Selfishly, as a performer, that would have given me the opportunity to show different sides of Drax, emotionally. And physically as well.”
Bautista is set to reprise his role in the upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy 3, but recently said he would not be playing his character after the threequel.
He has also joined the cast of Rian Johnson’s forthcoming Knives Out sequel.