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Vin Diesel Teases ‘Merging of Brands’ With Marvel Studios in Phase Three

vin diesel avengers 2 Vin Diesel has been on a roll recently, with his last three films — Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6 and Riddick — all opening at the top of the box office, the much-publicized promise of a Marvel deal on the horizon. But what exactly is that deal?

“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,” the actor explained in a lengthy video interview with Maria Menunos (below). “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?'”

Apparently, Marvel had a similar thought process because executives reached out to the actor. “I get the call, I go down to Marvel,” Diesel said. “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.”

So it sounds like there’s more in the works beyond Diesel joining Guardians of the Galaxy as the voice of Groot.

Guardians of the Galaxy opens Aug. 1, 2014.

(via Collider)


  • dekko

    “way, way, way, way, way, way, way down the road??” How old is Deisel already? Could it be something that’s less dependent on his physical presence or are they not worried about that?

  • Guest

    The Guardians meet Riddick? The Fast and Furious characters somehow become part of the MCU? Maybe alongside streel-level characters like Punisher and Daredevil?

  • OFace

    Sounds like Marvel might start producing Riddick comics and then integrate the character.

  • Owen

    This is a loooong stretch, but what if Marvel had plans to acquire or crossover with XMen, Fantastic Four and the like? I doubt it’s that, but a boy can dream.

  • rasslor56

    I could NOT CARE LESS.

  • Spag_Hoops

    Yeah that was my first thought – vin Diesel owns the rights to the character now, and even bankrolled the last movie, so is definitely the sort of thing he’d be into.

  • pDUB

    He’s Thanos, all this Groot stuff is just distraction

  • Jeff

    That’s exactly what I was thinking.
    Hugh Jackman has already asked this of Marvel executives who were visiting the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
    With a Fantastic Four reboot coming, I wouldn’t be surprized if Marvel does some kind of massive crossover.

  • RNKR2005

    Merging of brands? How about the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy facing off against Thanos in Avengers 3? Could Vin Diesel be portraying Thanos himself? A deeper voice for Vin would be scary…

  • Air Walker

    people are sooo over thinking this comment, a “merging of the brands” is HIMSELF. Vin Diesel sees himself as a kind of brand THE VIN DIESEL BRAND, all he means by the “merging of brands” is he, himself, VIN DIESEL coming in to play a character in the Marvel Universe, his BRAND joining the Marvel Universe, it’s not about Riddick, a character that has languished in mediocrity since the first sequel, which without independent funding would never have made another movie becoming part of the Marvel Universe, they have plenty of characters they don’t need a Riddick to help them, etc etc. It’s himself the VIN DIESEL BRAND, agreeing to play a character in the Marvel Universe, nothing more.