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SDCC 2013: Kevin Feige says “There’s Nothing To Announce” with Vin Diesel

July 21st, 2013 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios doesn’t get enough credit as far as I’m concerned. What he’s doing right now in film is changing the game, so much so that rival Warner Bros/DC comics are struggling to catch up. He recently spoke with The Huffington Post regarding some Marvel mysteries, the foremost of which is who is Vin Diesel playing. But he starts the interview saying something that few people will ever say in Hollywood. The interviewer states that they appreciate that Feige is coy but never lies:

“No. I’m not interested in being caught in a lie. There’s usually not a reason to — and the end game is opening weekend. Everything is about opening weekend. Not for the box office — of course we need that — but for the experience. So, every time I’m being coy, it’s being coy for the benefit of the reveal or the benefit of the experience. But if somebody calls you on something — I don’t want to be sitting there and someone goes, “I remember you lied to me!” So, why do that?”

How awesome is that? In this day of denial, denial, denial, until the movie comes out that’s refreshing.

On to Vin Diesel, when asked about whether they want him for a franchise, something like what Fast and Furious has become:

“Well, here’s what I will tell you about Vin. And I’ll be very honest with you. We did a press day on the “Captain America” set last week or something. The very first question was, “So how did the meeting with Vin Diesel go?” I went, “Here’s the funny thing, it hasn’t happened yet. It happens at 3 p.m. today.” And they went, “Oh, really?” And it did and he came by and met. So, I’ll say two things: One, there’s nothing to announce with Vin. Vin is an amazing guy and an amazing personality.”

The follow up question was about a possible announcement coming at next month’s D23:

“No. It’s so far ahead it may not even exist. So, there’s nothing to announce. But, I love Vin and he’s an amazing personality. Look how much attention he’s gotten for a meeting. He’s incredibly shrewd. He’s got a Riddick movie that i can’t wait to see. And the “Fast & Furious” franchise, in addition to Vin, is a franchise I admire a lot for turning the sixth and next year the seventh into the biggest and most popular one. As far as a piece of it? Could someday we do a “Luke Cage: Hero for Hire” in that kind of vein. Totally.”

So whatever was discussed and agreed upon with Diesel is so far down the line Marvel is unsure if they’ll ever even get to it? So that means Vin Diesel is not playing anyone in Guardians of the Galaxy or even Avengers 2. I believe that’ll rule out Thanos as well as he most likely will play some part in the Guardians film.

The Luke Cage bit at the end is interesting, nobody better tell the Rock.

Source: The Huffington Post

I'm an LA journalist who really lives for his profession. I have also published work as Jane Doe in various mags and newspapers across the globe. I normally write articles that can cause trouble but now I write for FTN because Nerds are never angry, so I feel safe.