When it was revealed last month that Vin Diesel was going to do both voice work and mo-cap work for the character Groot in Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, directed by James Gunn, Diesel also revealed that Marvel wanted Diesel for their other project, their other intellectual property which would come out in 2016 or 2017 to potentially launch a third phase, but of course, Diesel wasn’t revealing what those IPs are about.
Via Bleeding Cool, in a recent chat with Maria Menounos, Diesel who likes talking a lot, said the following about his meeting with Marvel.
“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 enroll me.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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…”
So what do you think Diesel meant by “Merging of Brands”?
And what are the fresh IP that Marvel wants Diesel to do for 2016? If you recalled, Marvel has two more super secret untitled projects, one will be coming May 6, 2016 and the other May 5, 2017. Could Diesel be set to star in one of those two super secret projects? Or possibly in both of them?
What do you think?