Jason Momoa’s Aquaman has made waves at the worldwide box office, and audiences seem to have warmly embraced the actor’s take on DC’s heroic king of Atlantis. Interestingly, Momoa was considered for the role of Drax the Destroyer in James Gunn’s 2014 hit, Guardians of the Galaxy. Today, Marvel concept artist Charlie Wen has taken to Instagram to share a glimpse at what could have been for one of Marvel’s most humorous heroes.
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Jason Momoa was almost Drax (before his #aquaman days;)! He also had a great audition that deftly displayed his toughness and double blades handles. But in short, Bautista was definitely the right choice— he had a perfect blend of natural quirk and braun😜. * This was an early sketch to explore the prospect of Momoa taking on the character. * The comicbook version was extremely close to another character that I designed called Kratos for #godofwar , so…I tried to steer Drax clear of it. @justinjsweet did the super cool final concept design for Drax! * * * * * #cinema #MarvelStudios #guardiansofthegalaxy #drax #JasonMomoa #charliewen #bts #moviemaking #filmmaking #filmcasting #conceptart #casting #marvel #castingcall #actor #characterdesign @prideofgypsies
Though the design isn’t so radically different from Dave Bautista’s, many would agree that Momoa is much more well suited for the role of a hot headed Arthur Curry. Gunn’s take on Drax has emphasized his humor over his brutality, and Bautista’s performance has helped make the character a household name.
You can catch Drax in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1, Vol. 2., and Avengers: Infinity War. Keep it here for all the latest in entertainment news, and head on over to our Twitter for more.
DC’s Aquaman is in theaters now.
Source: Charlie Wen’s Official Instagram
Aquaman – “Aquaman finds himself caught between a surface world that ravages the sea and the underwater Atlanteans who are ready to revolt.“