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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.