Vin Diesel isn’t just going to be the voice of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, it looks like he’s got something a lot bigger planned for the Marvel universe! There’s still a chance he will be taking on the role of Thanos or another big Marvel character. In a recent interview with Maria Menounos, the actor says that there will be a merging of brands in Marvel’s Phase three, and that he and the studio are working on something for 2016!
Here’s what he said about Marvel in the interview!
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 enrol 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.
When talking about the “merging of brands” it makes me think that he’s talking about The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, which should prove to be epic! Then there was this previous statement he made regarding Comic-Con:
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.
As for voicing Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, that was just a way to make fans happy until 2016.
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…
What do you think he’s talking about with the merging of brands? What character do you think he will play in 2016?
You can watch the full interview below filled with lots of other good stuff!