Vin Diesel

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.

But are his teases anything more than talk? Hard to say from here.

First up: guess how many actors Marvel has met with? Your answer should be something along the lines of “most of them.” The great majority you’ll never hear about, because most of the time you don’t hear about anyone’s meetings. Such meetings are the machinery of the film world; there are execs who could flippantly describe their jobs as “professional lunchers.”

So, sure, Marvel met with Diesel. The main news there is that it took so long.

Here’s what Diesel said today about the meeting:

Marvel meeting today… Only the people in the room can tell you what was discussed… P.s. Thanks to Our page, for pushing to make it happen… you know I get tunnel vision with my work… and after that meeting today… wow!

Use of the word “vision” leads to assumptions that he could play the character of the same name in The Avengers 2. The image he posted (below) suggests he could be Giant Man, another classic Avenger. Realistically, is he likely to be either one? Impossible to say from such insubstantial info.

Vin Diesel at Marvel

I like the opinion at THR, that Diesel would be best used as the voice for Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy. (His early role as the voice of the Iron Giant still, er, stands tall in his CV. More voice work from Diesel is always welcome.) Take it a step further and you could hope that he would do motion-capture for the character, too. But that’s nothing more than a theory, either, and given that Guardians is about to shoot it’s not impossible that he could be brought on last-minute. So: wait and see.

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