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.
Feel 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):