I saw Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 and I loved it. Because the new movie was coming out, I decided to find out more about the history of Drax the Destroyer. In the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, everybody (including me), noticed how he was very literal and didn’t understand common expressions. I wondered if he was like that in the comic books that he comes from, so I did some research on Drax’s history in the comics.
Drax first appeared in Iron Man #55 in February 1973 and was created by Jim Stralin. He was once a human named Arthur Douglas but he was killed by the mad Titan Thanos, along with his wife Yvette. Arthur’s daughter Heather survived and went on to become the hero called Moondragon. Arthur was resurrected as Drax the Destroyer by Thanos’ father, Mentor and Thanos’ grandfather Kronos. He was given a body made of cosmically enhanced soil and his spirit was put into it. He was then given the mission to destroy Thanos. Drax would die and be revived again with a body that is closer to how he looks in the movie. Later, Drax joins the Guardians of the Galaxy team as one of its founding members, like he does in the movie.
Drax’s comic book origin is very different from his origin in the movies. In the movie, Drax is an alien of an unknown species whose entire family was killed by Ronan the Accuser under Thanos’ orders. Both his wife and daughter were killed by Ronan. He spends the entire film wanting to exact his revenge Ronan and he eventually succeeds with the help of the other Guardians.
Another difference between the comics and movie is Drax’s mind and sense of humor. In the comics, at first he did not have much when it came to intelligence because of his single-minded mission to destroy Thanos, however, his mind was eventually fully restored and he developed a sense of humor and became a sarcastic and humorous guy. In the movie, however, they made it so his entire race is literal and doesn’t understand metaphors. He starts to understand language later in the film because of his interactions with his friends and teammates. People really identify with the movie version of Drax the Destroyer. Many people think that he is the funniest character and that he has autism because of his literal mind. I am one of those people.
I recommend seeing both the first and second Guardians of the Galaxy movies if you are a comic book fan or you like adventure comedy movies. I also recommend watching them to understand people with a literal mind like me. To know more about Drax and the Autism Community please read the ABC news article.