Comic fans know exactly how Thanos was responsible for killing Drax‘s family though it wasn’t quite so straightforward in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, Joe Russo has shared how ‘Avengers: Infinity War‘ has indirectly revealed how it played out.
In the first ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ you might recall that Drax assumed it was Ronan the Accuser who was responsible for the death of his family. In fact, when holding a knife to Gamora’s throat and preparing to end her life, he shared that “Ronan murdered my wife, Hovat, and my daughter, Kamaria. He slaughtered them where they stood. And he laughed!”
While it would become clear that Ronan was following the orders of Thanos by that point, we still didn’t know exactly how or why these characters were murdered.
According to Russo on the home video commentary from the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’:
“This is a callback to Drax’s history with Thanos here… His planet was treated the same way as Gamora’s planet. Drax was put on one side; his family was put on the other.”
While it isn’t clear how long this culling of planets was known internally at Marvel Studios, it is an easy jump to make as James Gunn likely didn’t have this idea in mind when the script for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ was initially written.
It isn’t clear why Ronan the Accuser was following Thanos but most likely, as there is a lot of Galaxy out there to purge half of, this was a task which The Mad Titan would delegate to his subordinates. I’m sure all of his generals in The Black Order likely carried out this same plan as well.
Maybe we’ll see the groundwork for this kind of history between the two villains being laid out in ‘Captain Marvel’ next year.
Do you think Drax’s planet had suffered the same fate as Gamora’s? Does this further tie together ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ into the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe through what was shown in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’? Share your thoughts below, True Believers!
Source: Screen Rant