Comic-Con 2013: Vin Diesel Teases Big Marvel Movie Announcement

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 21st, 2013 at 4:57 am,

Vin Diesel Marvel Studios Meeting Comic Con 2013: Vin Diesel Teases Big Marvel Movie Announcement

Over the years, San Diego Comic-Con has become synonymous with big eyebrow-raising announcements. Movie and comic book fanatics know this and it is only one of the many reasons they push aside any and all prior engagements in order to attend.

While the 2013 edition of the SDCC has been as exciting as ever, it has been light on bombshells so far, but that could all change very soon, according to Fast & Furious 7 star Vin Diesel.

Diesel – who has stirred up plenty of speculation about a potential role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after meeting with the studio last week – appeared at the Riddick SDCC panel on Friday to help promote the latest entry in the space-horror series (check out the new trailer that was unveiled). However, as the panel seemed to be wrapping up, one fan posed this Marvel-related question:

“Every movie you get in, you become the face of that franchise. What is your vision for the upcoming Marvel movies?”

To which, Diesel replied:

 “There is some very big news coming at the end of this month.” [Laughing] “Poor Marvel. Poor, poor Marvel.”

After Diesel left last week’s meeting seemingly impressed with what Marvel had to say (or offer?), we hoped either party would reveal something about Diesel’s involvement with a Marvel project this week and although Diesel’s coy answer doesn’t tell us who he’ll be playing, it’s about as close to a confirmation we can get that he will be cast in a Marvel Studios film.

After news initially surfaced that Diesel was in talks for a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, our minds immediately went to Marvel’s upcoming space odyssey Guardians of the Galaxy, which is currently in full casting mode. Over the past few months, the James Gunn-led project has already added Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, Karen Gillan as Nebula, WWE star Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Glenn Close as a leader of Nova Corps, and John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey. However, there are still a couple of big roles that haven’t been filled, including Rocket Raccoon and Thanos.

Thanos Actor Talks Role Comic Con 2013: Vin Diesel Teases Big Marvel Movie Announcement

With his signature deep, gruff voice, Diesel would seem to be a better fit for the villainous Mad Titan, Thanos. Add in the tough-guy persona he brings to the table and such a casting would make plenty of sense.

However, it’s also entirely possible that he could be playing the android Vision in an upcoming Marvel project like The Avengers 2. Diesel has long been rumored for the part after posting an image of Vision on his Facebook page last year, before quickly taking it down. The panel fan’s question even seemed to hint at the same possibility.

Considering Diesel will be beginning production on Fast & Furious 7 later this year, a voiced-character role would probably fit his schedule better, but since both Vision and Thanos would require a heavy dose of CGI and not as much live acting from Diesel as other characters might, that doesn’t really rule out one or the other.

With the Marvel Studios panel slated for tomorrow (Saturday, July 20) at SDCC, we, like all of you, will be eagerly awaiting any and all announcements related to its upcoming film projects. Diesel said we would hear something near the end of the month, but maybe tomorrow’s the day we find out who he’ll be playing. Stay tuned for the latest and keep checking back for updates from SDCC 2013!


Check out all of Marvel Studios’ offerings as they hit theatres in the coming years. Thor: The Dark World releases November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. 100 bucks says his playing thanos

    • 100 bucks says he’s voicing Rocket

  2. Vin Diesel should play Silver Surfer. He fits him like a Glove.

    • @John

      I think that belongs to Fox along with Fantastic Four…

  3. I hope Marvel announces on Saturday’s panel that “The Silver Surfer is coming to the MCU; in order to do a proper infinity of gauntlet story!

  4. He will be Adam warlock.

  5. If michael rooker is not rocket racoon, i hope its vin. I wana hear a rough voice on that varmint.

  6. If they only use his voice, then they messed up. They can do so much more with him than just using his voice

  7. They better announce it tomorrow!

  8. Absorbing Man!!!

  9. Thanos 99.99% sure


  11. I hope it’s not Thanos. He’s so wrong for that role.

    • Would rather see him play Groot (voice is perfect) or maybe, MAYBE, Adam Warlock.

  12. Darthballs, why is Vin Diesel wrong for the role of Thanos?

    • Darthballs doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He thinks MCU Iron Man has the Tech to do warp jumps to other galaxies.

  13. I can’t wait for this?Vision or Thanos!

  14. Thanos. Count on it.

  15. I hope it’s not a speaking role, I like him for Black Bolt.

  16. I’m sure he’s going to be Drax the Destroyer, if he is going for the GotG, he would be perfect! :D

    • James Gunn’s tweet of Big Davey putting on the Drax make-up on set will prove you wrong.

  17. He better not be Vision, I really really really want Clark Gregg to become Vision eventually.

    • But Agent Coulson is a human. A very much alive human. The Vision is a synthetic human built by Ultron that turns good.

      Vin said he wanted to play a character that starts bad but turns good.

      Coulson has always been on the side of good.

      Plus this whole “Coulson becomes Vision” stuff is just a ridiculous fan-created idea that somehow got popular amongst the desperate amongst the fanbase despite having zero logic or common sense.

      • Yeah, because the world of comics is ALL ABOUT logic…

  18. Vin Diesel as a live action Vision.

  19. THANOS

  20. I love how he’s speculated for Vision. Wouldn’t we need Ultron for that? And to have Ultron, wouldn’t we need Pym? Isn’t Pym not going to be Ant-Man in the movie?

    • What r u even saying.. He’s going to be Ant-Man and his successor is as well. Edgar’s script has both Ant-Mans (60s/present day) in his script, as far back as 2006.

      People need to do their damn research.. smh.

      • I will admit, I haven’t done hard research on the Ant-Man production so thanks for the heads up.

  21. Our favourite mad titan.

  22. I think he would be a better fit for the role of Apocalypse in X-men rather than Thanos but that’s just me.

  23. um… John’s role has been CONFIRMED…. It isn’t unconfirmed so what r u even saying? Please do some research, article writer.

  24. He’s going to be Pip.

  25. Groot. He’s perfect for the role.

  26. I have vin as a friend on my facebook and every marvel related post he has used the word vision

    One post he says hes getting tumnel vision and now this its obvious he will be vision in avengers 2 and it will fit perfect with the ultron story arc

  27. Groot.

  28. He needs to play Kratos… Oh wait, wrong blog section, but still lol.

  29. Now that we know he’s doing Groot’s voice, are any of you more or less convinced that he’s going to do Thanos? It’s been confirmed that he’s doing Groot now as a voice so that he can be more involved in another Marvel character in 2016.

    Thoughts, fellow marvelverse nerds?