Vin Diesel's voiceover role as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the many crowd-pleasing highlights featured in James Gunn's entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Despite only saying three words for a majority of his screen time, the character endeared himself to comic book fans and casual moviegoers alike, solidifying the Fast and Furious star's place in one of the biggest franchises today.
However, Diesel may not be done bringing Marvel creations to life just yet. Before joining Guardians, the studio had brought Diesel in to discuss a different role entirely. Diesel hinted that it was a "fresh IP" with the intention of hitting theaters in 2016 or 2017. Clearly, there have been plans in place for the actor to be involved in the MCU through Phase 3 and beyond.
One rumor that gained a lot of traction was Diesel appearing in an adaptation of the Inhumans property. That hypothetical project is one that Kevin Feige is confident in, stating that it's something they are "talking about." That, combined with two members of the Inhumans team securing spots on the "Avengers NOW!" reboot make it a distinct possibility that The Inhumans will be one of the nine unannounced movies on deck.
These rumors aren't likely to die now that Diesel himself posted the following for his 82+ million Facebook fans to see:
Note his using of "Inhuman" in his thank you message to Marvel. While this is far from a guarantee that he will in fact be appearing in an Inhumans film (he once did something similar with Marvel's robot superhero Vision), the fact that the property is emerging as a priority for Marvel and Diesel has been connected to a mystery film in the past makes it seem likely that audiences will be treated to the Inhumans sooner rather than later.
For those not in the know, the Inhumans are the result of Kree experiments on early humans, designed to serve as a super-powered army to aid the alien race during a period of conflict. The Kree were featured in Guardians of the Galaxy, laying the foundation for these elements to be showcased in the films - especially as the studio continues to embrace the cosmic side of the source material moving forward.
Assuming this is true, and Diesel does indeed sign on for a second Marvel role (many feel he would be a good choice for the team's leader Blackbolt, including our very own Rob Keyes), the question will shift to when we can expect to see him leading a superhero movie in the flesh. Marvel's plans for 2015 and 2016 appear to be set, with Doctor Strange the only film that's not been officially confirmed yet.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has already claimed the July 2017 date the studio set aside, but there are two remaining for that year in May and November. The studio is looking to complement a sequel with the launch of a brand new series each year, giving them a perfect opportunity to introduce the moviegoing public to a new team of heroes a few years from now.
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