Vin Diesel Teases 'Merging of Brands' for Unknown 2016 Marvel Project

September 9, 2013

Vin Diesel / Marvel Studios

We already know that Vin Diesel is providing voice and motion capture work to bring the tree alien hero Groot to life for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy from director James Gunn. However, when Diesel confirmed that he would do the mocap work on the cosmic superhero ensemble, he also talked about how his meeting with Marvel was initially about a completely different project, "a fresh IP that would come out in 2016 or 2017, and potentially launch the third phase." Now Diesel has revealed he's still developing the project pitched in their original meeting, but he's not giving away any secrets for now. But it sounds big.

Bleeding Cool picked up an interview with Maria Menounos from Perez Hilton, and Diessel chatted about the Marvel meeting yet again, but teased this new project that will have fans theorizing for awhile. He said:

"When I met with Marvel it wasn’t for anything immediate, it was to talk about a film that would be introduced in the Phase 3 part of Marvel, not for a few years. You wouldn’t be able to see it for a few years. In my mind, Marvel were doing it right, they were enrolling me at the ground level which is the best way to enroll me.

I had heard people over the last year, people saying on the social media page saying 'What’s up Vin? Why aren’t you going to Marvel? Why aren’t you doing anything with Marvel? It would be a crime of cinematic history for you not to be in [Marvel movies]'

So I was thinking 'This Marvel thing is really becoming really important for these people. What can I do? What should I think about?'

I get the call, I go down to Marvel. A great meeting. It was even talking about something so big I can’t even talk about because it’s like the merging of brands in a way, which I won’t get into. That was something way, way, way, way, way down the road."

As far as his tease at Comic-Con is concerned, at the time, Diesel wasn't in talks for Guardians of the Galaxy yet. The actor talks about how he quickly  handled a fan's question during his Riddick panel Q&A:

"We had agreed not to say anything about the specifics of the meeting. So, now I’ve got the fans who I love more than I love the industry, than I love everybody… I was thinking 'I’ve got to be real with them, I’ve got to tell them something' and yet I want to be respectful of people’s process and if people like to do a slow reveal, you know?

Quite frankly, it would have been too much to say and it might have been anticlimactic to say 'We’re working on something for 2016' and so I just said 'You’re going to hear some really big news' and I left at the end of that and it went crazy."

However, at the time he said that the news would be revealed at the end of the month. And since the Guardians of the Galaxy news came shortly thereafter, everyone assumed that was the big secret Marvel and Diesel were keeping at Comic-Con. But Diesel explains:

"The next Monday, Marvel talks to me and says 'We’re going to send something over in two weeks. We want to focus on the 2016 but we also want to, if possible, answer this growing request for something now.' I don’t have six months to play a character in the immediate future, it’s all booked… there was no way I was going to be able to deliver… after Comic-Con, we were at a stalemate…"

And that's how Groot came into play. But Diesel reiterates that this mysterious 2016 project is still happening, and he’s still involved. Now it's hard to tell what Diesel means when he says "merging of the brands," but the most obvious theory would involve some kind of deal with Fox and/or Sony about Diesel playing a character that would appear in both the Marvel Studios cinematic universe and one of the other studios Marvel properties. There's tons of red tape to figure out with a deal like that, but since actors like Hugh Jackman and Andrew Garfield have expressed an interest in fighting with The Avengers, it seems like studios need to get their act together and figure out how to give fans what they want.

Bleeding Cool hypothesizes that maybe Diesel could play Kingpin in The Amazing Spider-Man sequels and cross over into the Marvel universe, but there's plenty of other characters he could take on if that were the case. Could this also maybe have something to do with "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." on ABC where Diesel would first appear on the show and then head to the big screen? There are tons of possibilities, but hopefully we'll hear more about this unknown project very soon. Either way, it's safe to say that Diesel is getting pretty comfortable at Marvel. Thoughts?

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Thoughts? Happy. Wolverine and Spidey with Avengers? Awesome. Marvel Zombies? no word invented.

mooreworthy on Sep 9, 2013


(Giant cavitation bubble from fans inhaling)

BoiledPNutz on Sep 9, 2013


My theory is smaller but still possibe. I think that by the end of Phase 3 there will be non Avengers films. I think the last film of Phase 3 everyone will face Thanos not just Avengers (S.H.I.E.L.D. series people will probably play a role). They can call the movie Marvel Superheores or something like that.

Brandon V. Fletcher on Sep 9, 2013


What about the obvious? Riddick inserted into the Marvel Universe! They've already established the interstellar presence in Thor, The Avengers and the coming Guardians. Who's to say Vin couldn't bring his Riddick franchise to Marvel?

Ray on Sep 9, 2013


Vision. He's got the right head shape, he's done robot voices before. Put some red makeup on his face, he's the spitting image of Ultron's creation. Shack him up with Scarlet Witch, bada-bing bada-boom, you got a House of M movie in the making

Michael on Sep 9, 2013


I absolutely love the idea of him as Vision. Once you picture him in that role it's impossible to imagine anyone else(except for Kurt Russell, of course) pulling it off

Astroboy3000 on Sep 9, 2013


If everyone thinks it's Vision, it's not Vision.

DAVIDPD on Sep 9, 2013


Giant-Man / Ant-Man? He does love dropping the word "giant" and photos of the character quite a bit.

dbucks on Sep 9, 2013


En sabah nur ....apocalypse. duh. Against the X-Men and Avengers

BoiledPNutz on Sep 9, 2013



mooreworthy on Sep 9, 2013


What an obvious damn answer, don't know if it'll be true, but it seems like the perfect fit.

BNN667 on Sep 10, 2013


"Merging of the Brands". X-Men and Avengers are already Marvel Brands. Vin Deisel owns Riddick. Maybe Marvel wants to add the Underverse to the Marvel Universe, maybe they want Riddick. I totally think this guess is way off but that's the only thing that really makes sense to me regarding what he said.

bugger_butt on Sep 9, 2013


Shhh, don't tell anybody. He's playing The Thing in the FF reboot, which will also have a cross over into X-Men, or The Avengers battle with Thanos.

Craig on Sep 9, 2013


I can't imagine it will be anything with properties at other studies simply because of the legal roadblocks with making that happen. Screen Rant has a very interesting guess that they want Diesel for The Inhumans which would merge the establish MCU with the cosmic universe coming with the GotG for a showdown with Thanos in Avengers 3. Although I'm unfamiliar with the property, I know Feige has mentioned it in the past. I recommend checking out their take because it makes a ton of sense.

Corey Ragland on Sep 9, 2013


The Iron Giant comes to save The Avengers from from the evil Pacifier

DJROBL on Sep 11, 2013


What if....maybe just an if....if they did either a) the civil war story from marvel or b) the recently finished short comic book series Avengers vs X-Men

Jonathon on Sep 11, 2013

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