The upcoming Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy features several characters who are relatively unknown to Marvel movie fans. The movie depicts the gathering of several galactic criminals who must join forces to stop a threat to the galaxy. One of the major characters in the new film is Drax the Destroyer.
During the first trailer for the film, the Nova Squad describes Drax as the Destroyer and that he is on a quest to avenge the death of his family. The second trailer has Star-lord describing Drax as a maniac. The origin of the ant-hero Drax is one that seems to reveal the depth of personal loss that drives his behavior.
The Guardians of the Galaxy film seems to have changed the original powers of Drax and shows him as a warrior carrying swords and daggers to fight with. The original Drax did not need the use of such weapons due to his ability to harness cosmic energy.
The comic version shows that Art Douglas was killed with his family on earth. His desire for vengeance lived on and he was rescued from the accident. Drax was created using the DNA of Art Douglas and alien cloning technology. Drax was given the ability to manipulate cosmic energy which gave him a variety of superhuman powers.
Powers and Abilities
Cosmic Energy Manipulation
Drax was given the ability to manipulate cosmic energy or cosmic rays. The energy is the source of all of his powers and abilities. It is unclear what might happen if Drax were even cut off from his cosmic energy source.
Drax is virtually indestructible and is able to sustain a great deal of physical punishment without injury. He has the ability to survive unprotected within the vacuum of space. Drax is resistant to the harmful effects of extreme heat, cold and lack of oxygen.
Super Human Strength
Drax has harnessed super human strength through the connection to cosmic energy. His strength rivals that of the Incredible Hulk. He is able to lift large loads and can deliver massive physical strikes. This combined with his superior fighting ability makes Drax an incredible opponent.
Drax had the ability to alter his physical makeup and gain the ability to fly. He could fly both in and out of atmosphere. Drax could fly and attack targets in outer space. It is unknown if this ability will be included in the new movie but there is no indication that Drax can fly in the movie trailers.
In the comic version, Drax had the ability to project concussive blasts of cosmic energy that could be used to attack targets. Drax appears to completely lack this ability in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie because he is seen with swords and daggers to fight with.
Drax the Destroyer comes to life on the big screen this summer as Guardians of the Galaxy releases on August 1, 2014.