Amidst the rumors of a cancellation or delay of Inhumans, Marvel Studios has been fairly quiet regarding the film’s status and its role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). However, there’s still one person who’s still willing to publicly talk about the upcoming movie: Vin Diesel.
Diesel has met with Marvel Studios several times in the past, which has already resulted in a speaking role as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy and potential additional roles in future MCU movies. One of the prospective roles is Black Bolt, a silent Inhuman whose hypersonic scream can create shockwaves that can destroy cities.
"I don’t do too much ’if it happens. Do you know what I mean?'… I don’t do too much ’if it happens,’ it’s more at what level it will happen… it’s not a matter of me wooing Marvel, it’s a matter of Marvel wooing me. And I love them, but I’m just saying, show me a dope script and show me a great director, all of which I know that Kevin [Feige] is capable of, because he dazzled me when he suggested Groot. That was, like, profound to me. I thought [Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy] was genius. I’m not doing anything just for work. I’m doing things that I can feel passionate about, and that I feel like I can contribute to.”
Diesel’s comments reflect the actor’s growing confidence in speaking about his future acting projects. With Fast and Furious 8, Diesel was very vocal about the choice of director and even leveraged his own hugely popular Facebook page to promote potential directors for the movie. By taking advantage of interviews and his Facebook page (where he has referenced Inhumans various times), Diesel is ready to play ball with Marvel Studios itself and put more pressure on developing Inhumans. It’s a bold move for the actor, but one that could potentially work.
Considering that neither Black Panther nor Captain Marvel have directors officially attached at this point in time, it’s not surprising that Inhumans does not yet have one either. Adding to the rumors that Inhumans could be delayed to Phase 4 of the MCU, Diesel will have to wait a while to see a “dope script” in hand.
However, if Vin Diesel has made anything clear with these comments, it’s that when you approach the actor with a role, expect to get his opinions too.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange - November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 5, 2017; Spider-Man - July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok - November 3, 2017; Black Panther - February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 - May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp - July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel - March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.