I am referring primarily to the comedic aspects of his portrayal: his method of speech, disrespect for and confusion regarding certain species, the moving so slowly he becomes invisible, taking things overly literally, etc. (I'm sure others have other examples.)

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    You mean aside from the fact that Drax (in the comics) is human?
    – Valorum
    May 16 '19 at 6:12

Not really

In the comics, Drax evolved a lot. He was introduced by Jim Starlin in his original 1970s Thanos story in Iron Man and Captain Marvel, as a superbeing created by the Titan Chronos from a dying man in order to combat Thanos. This man's daughter, incidentally, became the Avenger Moondragon. This first version of Drax was very powerful (among other things, he could shoot energy blasts from his hands), but also a bit slow, and was in later issues portrayed as also being rather slow of mind.

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Much later, in 2004, he underwent a transformation where he physically came to resemble the MCU Drax, with a more squat body, red patterns on his skin, and a penchant for wielding knives. He lost most of his powers, but in return gained intelligence and ninja-like stealth abilities. He played a central role in the Annihilation and Annihilation: Conquest events and later joined the comcs version of Guardians of the Galaxy.

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The MCU version marries Drax's redesigned looks from 2004 with his 1970s slowness of mind and made him an alien. There is nothing in the comics of him being taking things very literally. So, the MCU version isn't all that true to the comics version(s), though some core aspects remain.

  • ..sorry, maybe just a bit of clarity could be added to the answer. It seems like you're saying that the design seen in MCU (introduced in 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy) originated in the comics via a 2004 redesign...i.e. the MCU look is from the comics - not that the comics re-did his design because of the movies. Correct?
    – NKCampbell
    May 16 '19 at 13:11
  • I like the description "slow of mind" May 16 '19 at 15:07

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