In GOTG Drax's language is almost Victorian, yet in GOTG2 his English goes back to normal.

Why might this be?

(Same's the case with Thor in Ragnarok and Thor 1 the contrast is really jarring)

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    I don't know about Drax, but the answer to the Thor question is either "different writers" or "Thor has learned modern English by now". Or both.
    – F1Krazy
    Jun 14, 2018 at 8:09
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    I think any answer will rely on the fact that Drax isn't actually speaking English, Peter wears a universal translator. scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/66345/… Jun 14, 2018 at 12:00
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    @F1Krazy Out of universe, not just different writers but the fact that Thor: Ragnarok was "probably 80%" improv, which explains why they spoke and acted more naturally. I wonder if there's a similar reason for Drax's change, but couldn't find any sources for him.
    – Alex Wally
    Jun 14, 2018 at 14:47
  • Thors change makes sense due to him having more experience with earth culture/language, from his girlfriend. He has doesn't a lot of time on earth soaking american, not as much time on asgard, he has adapted to the dialect.
    – Pliny
    Jun 15, 2018 at 13:40

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It's likely due to the fact that he now lives with the other Guardians. It happens in real life all the time. If you spend enough time with a different group of people, you start to sound like them. You see this all the time when people in the United States move to a different place in the United States. They start picking up the common phrases and accent of the area.

In Drax's case, he's now with the Guardians who are much more "relaxed" in their language than perhaps his family before. You mention Thor as well. I thought about this myself after watching Ragnarok. The Thor in the first movie is much different than the Thor in Ragnarok. It's probable that we have the same case here. Thor has been spending a lot of time with the Avengers, and consequently have picked up some of their mannerisms, like the sarcasm, humor, etc.

Another notable case is with Wanda. In Age of Ultron, she has a thick accent because she is from Sokovia. Throughout Civil War and eventually in Infinity War, the accent is basically gone. This is most likely due to the same thing. She's been spending a few years in New York with natural English speakers and has picked up the accent. (Although, I think I read one time that she purposefully spoke differently after Civil War because she was on the run, but either way, it's an explanation.)

In short, people's language and accents can change when they change environments or just spend enough time with a certain group of people.

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