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Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Drax Is A Role Model For Autistic Boy

Stewart Perrie

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Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Drax Is A Role Model For Autistic Boy

The second volume of the Marvel movie has only been out for a couple of days and it's already raked in more than $223 million (£171 million) at the box office.

It's received good reviews on average, with Rotten Tomatoes saying: "[its] action-packed plot, dazzling visuals, and irreverent humour add up to a sequel that's almost as fun-if not quite as thrillingly fresh-as its predecessor."

While the characters are all very different from each other, one is being praised for an unexpected reason.

Drax the Destroyer is played by former Wrestlemania champion Dave Bautista. He has intricate red lines etched into his blue skin and is incredibly likeable because he's often brutally honest.

There's a recurring gag where he's unable to understand metaphors because his species is very literal. It was referenced in the first film when Rocket, played by Bradley Cooper, tells everyone to stop using metaphors because he won't have any idea what is happening .


But this character element has proved to be a big winner with an autistic fan. A moviegoer took their autistic brother to see Guardians of the Galaxy and he apparently 'lit up like a Christmas tree and screamed "He's like me! He can't do metaphors!" and for the rest of the film, my brother stared at Drax in a state of rapture'.

The person uploaded the experience to the internet saying: "Now I'm not saying that Drax the Destroyer is, or was ever, intended to be autistic. All I'm saying is that it warmed my heart to see my brother have an opportunity to identify himself with a character known for his strength, badassness, and honour. And that is pretty damn awesome.

Credit: Marvel/Walt Disney Studios

"So while I adored Guardians of the Galaxy as a great, fun loving film with cool characters, I can do nothing but thank Marvel Studios and Dave Bautista for finally bringing a superhero to the screen that my little brother can relate to."

The person's experience was reposted by the film's director James Gunn on Facebook, where hundreds of thousands of people got to see the story.

An article written on CinemaBlend added to the post, saying: "What superheroes can, and should, teach us all is that to be a hero, you don't have to fit a certain mould, look a certain way, or be anything but your true self."

It's so nice to see these characters being appreciated by fans all over the world.

Featured Image Credit: Marvel/Walt Disney Studios

Topics: Guardians of the Galaxy, Dave Bautista

Stewart Perrie
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