Two weeks ago news broke that Vin Diesel of Pitch Black and the Fast and the Furious franchises was meeting with Marvel Studios about a possible mystery role in one of their forthcoming movies. How did we find that out? Diesel revealed it on his Facebook page!
So then began speculation about what role that could be, and how exactly would the established action star fit into a cinematic universe that has launched more than a few acting careers but whose parent studio has become infamous for its draconian business practices. Fueling the rampant theorizing, Diesel posted this picture on his Facebook today…
The photo was accompanied by the following caption:
Marvel meeting today…
Only the people in the room can tell you what was discussed…
P.s. Thanks to Our page, for pushing to make it happen… you know I get tunnel vision with my work… and after that meeting today… wow!
Analysis of the photo has led many to conclude that Diesel may be in talks to play the Vision in The Avengers 2. The poster he is standing in front of it is of the cover to The Avengers #2, and of course the fact that he used the word “vision” in his post…well…you never know. It is just wishful thinking for now.
Created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, the Vision made his first appearance in The Avengers #57, published in October 1968. The character was an android created by the villainous robot Ultron to destroy the Avengers and Ultron’s creator Dr. Henry Pym (a.k.a. Ant-Man/Giant Man) and his wife Janet Van Dyne (a.k.a the Wasp), but was later convinced to turn on Ultron and join the team. After the release of last summer’s The Avengers rumors for a while persisted that fallen S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) would be resurrected in the Marvel Movieverse as the Vision, but they were put to rest once it was announced that Gregg would return as Coulson in the new ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that premieres this fall.
If the rumor turns out to be true, cool. Diesel is a hardcore geek so you know he’d be down for playing the Vision. His skull is the perfect shape and his physique and deep, rumbling voice seem well-suited to playing a heroic android. The move might be extremely beneficial to his career in the long run should he finally tire of the car chase flicks.
But now we have to wonder. If the Vision is going to be a part of The Avengers 2 then does this mean that Ultron and Dr. Pym will both be making appearances as well? Seeing as how Ant-Man’s solo movie (directed by Edgar Wright) is set to debut six months after the super-team sequel’s inevitable box office conquest in 2015, this would hint at Ant-Man‘s potential plot being impacted by the events of The Avengers 2. This news and more could be revealed during Marvel Studios’ panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, which will be held on the third day of the convention – July 20, 2013 – and we’ll have our team on site to provide coverage. Marvel loves springing awesome surprises on us. We shall certainly see, won’t we?