Is Vin Diesel Playing Multiple Marvel Characters?

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As soon as Vin Diesel let it spill that he'd been taking meetings with Marvel, rumors started flying about about which character he could end up playing -- and the one he did sign for, Guardians of the Galaxy's talking tree-alien-thing Groot, wasn't anywhere near the top of the list. But as it turns out, Marvel might have bigger plans for the franchise-friendly box office kingpin.

"When I met with Marvel it wasn’t for anything immediate," Diesel revealed during a recent interview with Bleeding Cool. "It was to talk about a film that would be introduced in the Phase 3 part of Marvel, not for a few years."

So what drew him to Guardians? As Diesel tells it, his casting as Groot was a sort of stopgap measure to fulfill what he claims was overwhelming demand for his appearance in a Marvel movie. "Marvel talks to me and says ‘We’re going to send something over in two weeks," he recalled. "We want to focus on the 2016, but we also want to, if possible, answer this growing request for something now.’"

So...what's this 2016 project? And could he still end up starring in it? Mum's the word from Diesel. "It was even talking about something so big I can’t even talk about because it’s like the merging of brands in a way, which I won’t get into," he hinted. "That was something way, way, way, way, way down the road."

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