SAN DIEGO — Vin Diesel surrendered to MTV’s questions about his Marvel meeting, while artfully avoiding any specific confirmations. He demonstrated that cool, gravely laugh, cautiously treading into top-secret territory at Comic-Con on Friday (July 19).
The last time Diesel came to SDCC, he was promoting a little movie called “Pitch Black.” Thirteen years later, he returned to unleash some killer red-band footage from “Riddick” to a vocal Hall H crowd. While the in-depth look at Diesel’s third cinematic turn as the goggle-wearing outer space badass was supercool, Twitter feeds were abuzz after he let slip a little Marvel Universe tidbit. “There is some very big news coming at the end of this month,” he teased.
Well, that certainly did little to quell the rampant speculation and excitement he ignited a short while ago when he took to social media to post about his mysterious meeting with Marvel. While he was ostensibly talking with MTV News to promote his R-rated return to the “Riddick” universe, the big super-powered elephant in the room was too big to ignore.
The big, super-powered green and yellow “elephant.”
“Oh God, Oh God. Wow. Uh… Hmm, uh…” he stuttered at the mention of the “M” word.
“Well, [to discuss it] in theory,” he began, cautiously. “I didn’t know there were over eight-thousand characters in their library. Did you? Did you?! Eight-thousand characters! They were saying, ’You know, Vin, we have eight-thousand characters…’ ”
So, did they open up a book and say, “Which one do you want?”
“No!” he said, laughing. “I mean, ya’ know, I hope there’s more thought than that. I mean, there’s two Visions, for the record. And people know one was created by Ultron, one was created by Proctor, as you know, if you follow…”
Wait, wait, wait. Mr. “Fast & Furious” sure seems to know an awful lot about The Vision. He’s informed about how the villainous android Ultron created the Vision, whose Silver Age incarnation debuted in The Avengers in 1968. He may know all about the Wonder Man and android Human Torch connections. He brought up alternative universe guy Proctor!
Not that Diesel is the guy who brought up The Vision himself while speaking to MTV News.
“No, but I’m not mentioning that character!” he countered. “I’m not mentioning that character, I was just saying there are eight-thousand characters and I gave an example of how one character might have two different versions!”
OK, OK, apparently we may have to wait until the end of this month to find out just what Diesel is doing with Marvel.