06/27/2013 08:42 am ET

Vin Diesel: 'Marvel Has Requested A Meeting'


Does Marvel want to get in the Vin Diesel business? That's the question many were left with after the "Fast and Furious" star posted that the studio had "requested a meeting" with him.

"No idea what for," Diesel wrote on Facebook, before adding, "haha, you probably know better than me."

Not really, but that hasn't stopped tons of online speculation about what role Diesel could play in the ever-expanding Marvel universe. Here's Variety:

Marvel has several films lined up all the way through 2017; and while unnamed at this time, guesses include properties like “Dr. Strange” and “Black Panther.” “Ant-Man” director Edgar Wright, who has already been busy denying casting rumors, is also looking to cast his superhero.

Variety also posits that Diesel could play Thanos, the grinning, purple villain introduced at the end of "Marvel's The Avengers" last year. It's worth noting, however, that Thanos is an outright evildoer, and that's usually the kind of role Diesel stays away from. The actor's extensive resume -- from the "Fast and Furious" franchise to the "Riddick" franchise to even "Saving Private Ryan" -- often finds the star cast as, at worst, an anti-hero with redemptive qualities.

A more realistic roadblock for Diesel and Marvel is time: The actor is committed to star in "Fast and Furious 7," which Universal is set to release next summer. During the press tour for "Fast and Furious 6," Diesel teased that more "Furious" sequels could be in the offing as well, bringing the series to an even 10 films.

[Facebook/Vin Diesel via Variety]

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