Vin Diesel to “Merge Brands” with Marvel in 2016

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Vin Diesel is having a tough time keeping secrets from his millions of fans.  It’s only going to get tougher for him and more frustrating for Marvel as the two ever-so-slowly approach not just Guardians of the Galaxy, but their mysterious plans together for 2016.  Adding even more mystery to the mix is a new video interview in which Diesel further elaborates on his meetings with Marvel, re-paving over the old story that he originally met with the studio to discuss a “fresh property” in 2016 or 2017 before being offered the voice role of Groot in the James Gunn film, appeasing uproarious fan demand.

The interesting point this time around is that Diesel mentioned a cryptic “merging of brands” between himself and Marvel.  Does this mean the Iron Giant will join The Avengers?  Will Dom Toretto become Tony Stark’s new chauffeur?  Or perhaps Riddick and Xander Cage will get a comics run of their own?  Your guess is as good as mine at this point.  Hit the jump to see if you can read between the lines.

vin-dieselFeel free to listen to the hour-long interview with Diesel below if that’s your thing.  Luckily, the folks over at Bleeding Cool have already transcribed the Marvel-related parts, which we’ve provided below:

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.

There’s plenty more from Diesel over at Bleeding Cool, so make sure to check out the rest of their write-up.  If you want to watch the interview with Diesel by Maria Menounos, we’ve added it below (via Perez Hilton):

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  • Grayden

    The Infinity Series. We’re introducing Thanos this Phase. How else do they make it bigger? Go completely cosmic. Avengers, FF, Doc Strange, Adam Warlock, the Infinity Watch, the Gauntlet (which was cameoed in the Asgard Vault). A massive crossover between brands. That’s my two cents.

    Also, I find it really, really fishy that a big deal has been made of him having some role in Guardians; as Groot, allegedly. A character who only says, “I am Groot!”, in different ways. Not exactly a meaty role, so it could be possible that they’re eyeing him for another role in the Universe.

  • Strong Enough

    God damn all this guy does is run his mouth. Marvel should fire his ass and for Christmas he should get a Feige knuckle sandwich

    • Agent777

      And since when was he a brand?

    • Deads

      In case you havent noticed but this is how you create a hype.
      I highly doubt Marvel minds that he Diesel says that he wil be part of Marvels phase 3.
      If they didnt want him to talk about it they would have made him sign a NDA.

      My gues is they made the deal that Diesel cant talk about what role but that he can acknowledge the fact that he will be part of Phase 3.
      Cause else Diesel wouldnt talk about it like this as he has been in the industry long enough.

      • Strong Enough

        hype? the man is just running his mouth! fuck outta here

  • Stuntman Mike

    Maybe he’s talking about being involved in a Spiderman story if the rights go to Disney from Sony. Vin could play a somewhat revamped Kingpin and really dig deep into various Marvel stories.

    • Carl

      Never gonna happen. Sony’s mapped out their plans for the Spider-Man franchise through the next decade.

      • verasgunn

        That doesn’t necessarily mean that the Spider-Man movies couldn’t crossover.

        I recall reading an article that said at one point the Stark Tower we see in the Avengers film was going to be featured in the Amazing Spider-man, but because it wasn’t finished being design they couldn’t work it out.

        If Sony and Disney could cut a good deal there’s a chance the cinematic universe could get larger, and seeing how much their first big crossover movie made it would probably be in Sony’s best interest to latch on to the Quinjet while they can.

      • kevinvannatter

        We live in a world where the JLA has teamed up with the Avengers. Anything is possible.

      • Guy Smiley

        In comic book form… Not movies.

    • Internet Savior

      You pretty much copied word for word what bleeding cool sated in the article….

  • Ruprect

    I’m thinking this means he is playing Thanos.

  • SirBlackness

    I think he is slowly confirming that he is Thanos

  • Rick

    If he’s talking about an established property that isn’t owned by Marvel, then it has to be Riddick. He owns the rights to that franchise himself, while everything else he’s in is owned by one of Disney’s rival studios.

    Also, Riddick is the only real superhero-type character that he’s played, and he fits with the intergalactic theme that the Marvel movies are heading towards.

  • Liderc

    Vin is a joke actor, and he thinks so highly of himself that it’s pukeworthy. Blaeh, hope Marvel kicks him to the curb.

    Seems like a total douche too.

    Chronicles of Riddick cost 105mil and only made 115mil lol. He talks about his Facebook page so much….the only reason he has so many is because of his Hispanic following.

    • Strong Enough

      why does he have a big hispanic following? he’s not hispanic

  • Matt

    Or perhaps Vin Diesel is just an egomaniac who considers himself a brand? And therefore merging the brands is just Vin Diesel being involved in Marvel’s universe. What do I know. Certainly seems unlikely, considering the amount of films they have in the pipeline, that they’d option Riddick. A bunch of films that have been panned.

  • Andrew Brown
  • just a guess

    I could be completely wrong but I remember diesel expressing a huge interest in playing the silver surfer a while back. Maybe he’ll be part of the fantastic four reboot coming up? And who knows where they’ll take it from there.

  • Matty

    Vin Diesel seems nice enough but he really needs to learn that viewers prefer surprises not to be spoiled. You’d think Marvel would have given him his slap on the wrist already, he talks so much.

    • Grayden

      Would you rather Feige told you or Vin? And he didn’t exactly part with detailed information, just teasers. I don’t see what there is to get your panties in a bunch.

  • LEM

    He’s gonna be Absorbing man.

    • eternalozzie

      omg … that’s the perfect role for him!

  • Guy Smiley

    He isn’t an actor, he’s a “brand.” And a really shitty brand at that.

    In spite of Iron Giant, he’s terrible. Marvel certainly doesn’t need him. Let him keep making his crap Fast & Furious movies for the people that actually go to see those.

    • Grayden

      The same people who make the franchise hundreds of millions of dollars? Yup, clearly they’re terrible films.

      • Kevin

        Making a lot of money has nothing to do with quality.

      • eternalozzie

        thank you … people here forget that sometimes.

      • Anon

        In Hollywood, it makes no difference if the product keeps making money again and again and again.

      • Grayden

        Yet, ridiculous films like a ‘One Direction’ movie get made and can be #1 at the box office. The horror! Doesn’t matter if it’s quality, if it appeals to a large enough base, it will make money and spur sequels. When it’s no longer a high enough quality, people will stop going and they’ll stop making it.

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