Briefly: At the end of today’s Riddick panel at Comic Con, room was made for one last question. A guy stepped up to ask Vin Diesel what his vision — emphasis on that word — might be for his possible role in the Marvel Universe. The actor laughed and said he regretted allowing one last question, since it brought up the one thing he’s not supposed to talk about.
Diesel then said that there is “some very big news coming at the end of the month” with respect to Marvel. Why it would take place later in the month, rather than at Marvel’s panel tomorrow, is open to question. Regardless, he’s continuing the long tease about just what he might end up doing for Marvel Studios. The same range of speculation about the answer continues, with the idea of him voicing Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy or playing Vision in The Avengers 2 being the biggest options fans are talking about. (One writer said Diesel told him the role involves a love story, which vaguely suggests he could play Thanos, the being who is in love with Death.)
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This is more a “don’t get your hopes up” piece than anything else. Vin Diesel is happy to use Facebook and Twitter to issue missives to his fans. Some of these feature concrete info about films like the Fast and the Furious sequels and Riddick. Others are more cryptic, as when he recently talked about setting up a meeting with Marvel Studios. Today Diesel said the meeting went well, and threw in a couple words and ideas that got peoples’ imaginations running.
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Briefly: As speculation about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe runs rampant, be it Guardians of the Galaxy, Robert Downey Jr., Doctor Strange or strange release dates, a new wrinkle can now be added. Vin Diesel has taken to Facebook to say:
Marvel has requested a meeting… no idea what for… haha, you probably know better than me…
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Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Pitch Black came out in 2000, one year before The Fast and the Furious. But while the latter has since spawned five sequels, the former is only now preparing to put its second sequel in theaters. Still, better late than never, right?
Directed by David Twohy, Riddick once again stars Vin Diesel as the Furian warrior introduced in Pitch Black. Left for dead on a desolate planet, he soon finds himself fighting off both vicious alien predators and ruthless bounty hunters (played by the likes of Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Mollà, and Bokeem Woodbine). We’ve already gotten a taste of the film thanks to a domestic trailer and teaser, but the new international promo packs in some new footage.
There’s also a new Comic Con poster for the film, straight from the star. Check out both after the jump.
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Cast your mind back to the release of 2 Fast 2 Furious, a film that was derided from nearly all corners, and then look at this week’s release of Fast & Furious 6. It took a decade, but Universal’s car-racing franchise has evolved into “event” status. Whether you like the films or not, there’s no arguing that under the stewardship of Justin Lin, who took over as director with the third movie, this series of films has exploded as a fan favorite. Lin knows how to manage action, and he’s had a long-term plan to consistently up the ante on that front.
Much more importantly, Lin realized that consistent characters are what bring people back to the films. He talked Vin Diesel back into the fold and then developed a suite of characters to fill out four individual films that ultimately work as one interlocked narrative. It’s an action-movie soap opera, sure, but one featuring precisely the sort of reliance on character that very few other action series get right.
The sixth film pushes outward in every direction: there are more characters and amped-up drama, and the action setpieces are more improbable and ridiculous than ever. Fast & Furious 6 won’t ever be held up as a major moral statement, but there’s a lot to be said for the series’ general tendency to trumpet values in friendship and family. There’s a sense of values here that could also be present in, say, the Die Hard movies, if the last couple McClane sequels weren’t such botch jobs.
With Fast & Furious 6 in theaters now, we’re curious to know how you feel about the film. Does the action work, and do the interlinked stories and characters provide enough meat to flesh out all the time between setpieces? Let us know in the comments below, where spoilers are allowed and encouraged. Read More »
“All roads lead to this.” That’s the tagline for Fast and Furious 6 and it’s appropriate on several different levels. The film is the final series entry from director Justin Lin, who picked up a fledgling franchise and carried it into the blockbuster realm. It also marks the culmination of a story that began at the end of Tokyo Drift, when a cameo from Vin Diesel signaled the shift from a set of loosely connected films to a tightly intertwined set of stories and characters.
Finally, Fast and Furious 6 marks the total obliteration of any semblance of reality or logic in the franchise.
Speeding through a city with a huge safe in tow seemed crazy in Fast Five. In Fast and Furious 6 Lin expands the action to absurd proportions, creating set pieces and action beats that defy physics and coherence. Yet it all works to purring perfection. After five movies, all roads indeed lead to this madness. Read More »
Fast and the Furious 6 (or just Furious 6) opens today outside the US, and next week in the States. There’s already plenty of talk about the seventh movie in the series, which will bring back most of the major cast from the last few films, and will feature a new villain. James Wan (Saw, Insidious) will take over as director, as Justin Lin finally moves on.
Vin Diesel has been the source of quite a bit of news about the series over the past year or two, and now he throws out two locations for the seventh chapter. One won’t be much of a surprise, while the other is something new. We’ll keep all the main info after the break, so as not to spoil any secrets of Furious 6 for those who haven’t been tipped to the details of the current film’s ending. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
Nearly a decade after The Chronicles of Riddick, our favorite Furian warrior is finally charging back onto screens this fall with Riddick. Star Vin Diesel revealed the first peek at the new adventure a couple months back, by way of a 22-second teaser, but now there’s a meatier full-length trailer to sink our teeth into. Check it out, along with a new teaser poster and images, after the jump.
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