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Marvel Post: Vin Diesel may be cast in a role + Update from Whedon on Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver

Franchises collide! Gravel-voiced muscleman Vin Diesel, who's powered the Fast & Furious series into becoming one of Hollywood's most durable properties, may soon don Spandex. Yup, he revealed on Facebook that "Marvel has requested a meeting," meaning that they probably want him to play a character in one of their upcoming films. But who could that character be?

Mind you, Diesel has been in talks with Marvel before. Once upon a time he had discussed playing the classic character Namor the Sub-Mariner, an Atlantean superhero who's kind of like Marvel's answer to DC's Aquaman — though Namor actually dates back to the 1930s, even headlining Marvel Comics #1. Considering that Diesel's Facebook message accompanies a photo of him engaging in water sports, it seems that he may indeed have resumed talks to play the aquatic hero. Those original discussions stalled because, well, Namor isn't exactly a character who could headline a film by himself. But could he be a part of an ensemble like The Avengers 2? Most definitely. The Fast & Furious films capitalize on Diesel's meathead charm, but they also integrate him into an extensive ensemble in each movie. He's pretty much teed up to join S.H.I.E.L.D.

But there are also a few other possibilities for who he could play...

Doctor Strange
The healer-turned-sorcerer has one of the more tragic story arcs in the Marvel universe. It seems like the studio is very keen to give Doctor Strange the big-screen treatment for its Phase 3 movie lineup, and Diesel could fit. After Strange loses his ability to heal people conventionally, as a medical doctor, he turns to magic. It's all about his powerlessness and efforts to re-empower himself, themes for which Diesel's formidable physical presence could provide ironic contrast.

We've been talking about Edgar Wright's film since forever, it seems like, but the fact is, the title character still hasn't been cast! Diesel could easily play Dr. Hank Pym.

Way back before Ben Affleck signed on to play the blind vigilante in 2003, Diesel had also circled the role. It's possible, now that the rights to the Daredevil property have reverted to Marvel, that they're looking to reboot the character in a way that isn't absolutely horrible... like the Affleck version. Diesel's already been known to wear some funky eyewear as Riddick.
And finally...

Damion Poitier played the largely non-CGI character in a non-speaking cameo at the end of The Avengers. Could Diesel step in to at least lend his basso profondo voice to the role? He could bring silky menace to a character who embarks on an apocalyptic campaign to court Death — or, rather, a female personification of Death.

One thing that's probably ruled out here: Fans had long imagined him playing Doctor Doom in a Fantastic Four movie, but the rights to that franchise are still held by Fox, not Marvel. And Diesel's Facebook post suggests he's definitely meeting with Marvel Studios. So do not expect to see him in the FF reboot Fox is planning for 2015.

Who do you think he'll end up playing?

Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch Are an Integral Part of The Avengers 2

After last month's confirmation that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will be a part of The Avengers 2, director Joss Whedon spoke about how important these characters are, and how he doesn't want to know how they will be used in Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past.

"[They're] a huge part of [Marvel's The Avengers 2]. I'm really excited about it. I don't know what they're doing and I'm determinably not knowing. They'll do their thing. I have to do mine."

Both 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios share the rights to these characters, with each studio following certain guidelines. Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver) and Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) are the mutant children of X-Men's Magneto, with Quicksilver possessing super-human speed and Scarlet Witch having the power to control probabilities. They also appear in The Avengers comic book line, although Fox cannot mention anything that is related to the siblings' Avengers story and Marvel can't use anything in regards to their mutant lineage with Magneto.

We reported earlier this month that Aaron Taylor-Johnson is being considered for Quicksilver in The Avengers 2. Actress Saoirse Ronan has been reported to be the "model" for Scarlet Witch, although it isn't known if they will bring her on board. Evan Peters has already been locked in as the character in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Joss Whedon also spoke about his massive success as of late, and earlier projects like his failed Wonder Woman movie that never got off the ground at Warner Bros.

"It's like grief. There's a period of anger where you're like, 'Hey! Remember all those times where I told you it would have worked? They believed me and it did! So now I'm going to get angry about stuff that I had pretty much dealt with.' You do kind of want to have a slap-line of everybody you had previously worked for. But I'm luckier than most people, so you get over that."

Rumor has it that the sequel will begin filming in the UK early next year.

What do we think about Diesel? Yes/no?


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