Social media has provided many stars the opportunity to promote themselves as well as their upcoming projects, and one of the first people to truly master this craft was Vin Diesel. Other stars such as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson have since become social media icons, but Diesel remains one of the most popular actors online. He has used his large fan following in the past to drive interest in upcoming properties or some that he is interested in making, and that will continue as long as he is with the Marvel family. Diesel made his voice debut in Guardians of the Galaxy two years ago as Groot as a way to bring him into the MCU while both sides looked for a live-action role as well.
He has been linked to Black Bolt, the leader of the Royal Family of Inhumans, but since Inhumans is without a release date, that becomes more doubtful by the day. In the meantime, Diesel will return as Baby Groot for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and has now used his social media presence to further hype up footage not yet released to the public.
Diesel is currently at Disney visiting director James Gunn and while in the edit bay for the movie, Gunn decided to show him an extended look at the footage shown at San Diego Comic-Con. If you were not in attendance for the Hall H panel, a descriptions for what was shown have since become available. If that was not enough to hold fans over until the official teaser is released, Diesel's reaction he showed live on his Facebook will likely not make it any easier to wait.
It should not be a surprise that Diesel is continuing to build excitement for a movie he is featured in, but his reaction is exciting nonetheless. Besides repeatedly saying how "blown away" he was, and fans will be, for the movie, it is great to see an actor thrilled with the progress the movie has made. Outside of his initial reaction to the footage, hearing him discuss his love for the movie and Gunn goes a long way in showing how invested he is in this franchise.
Gunn is also someone who has not been shy to interact with fans over social media, but this is one of the first times he has really discussed the characters for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Outside of his regular praising of the cast he has, his comparison to the trials of being a family being shown throughout the sequel should spark some interest. Family can be some of the toughest people to get along with and as Yondu, Nebula, and Mantis join the team, that will only figure to get harder. Even though the sequel looks to be going bigger than before, keeping the focus on the Guardians and their interactions should be a great selling point and help keep it in line with the first.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
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