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Vin Diesel is not an actor who is known for a bunch of award-winning movies. But he is an actor who is capable of keeping a franchise going for quite some time, which is probably why even Pitch Black and xXx have sequels. Although we've heard over the last several days that Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is going to be the end of the original trilogy of movies from our space-oriented heroes, Vin Diesel, who plays Groot, already has plans for more from the character. He recently revealed that he's already pushing for a Guardians of the Galaxy spinoff, starring none other than Rocket and Groot. He said:
James Gunn has always wanted to do a Rocket and Groot movie. And I know that Disney is very much into being successful. And the most successful poster in Disney's future is the poster that has 'Groot vs. Hulk.' [The world] cannot wait to see it.
Speaking ahead of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 premiere, Vin Diesel clearly sees a new direction for his character and is happy to talk about that direction. He told USA Today that he sees Groot taking on the Hulk at some point, too, although it should be pointed out that Thor will beat him to the punch when Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters later this year. Whatever plot Marvel puts him in, Vin Diesel would likely be happy about, as he's gunning hard for a spinoff, here.
Of course, it's a bit early for any talk of a Groot and Rocket spinoff to be happening, honestly. Marvel already has dates down for every single movie the company has in the lineup through Phase 3. I'm sure there's been talk regarding the Phase 4--which may not even be called that--slate and we already know a couple of the dates that Marvel has planned out for the next 'phase,' but there are a lot of new movies and sequels that could theoretically be competing for those slots. We'll likely have to wait and see how Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 does before there's any talk of a spinoff. Plus, James Gunn is already on board for Vol. 3, so really we might need to wait and see what transpires in 3 before a spinoff could come about.
The good news for Groot is that the character really does have a long shelf life. We've already seen him sacrifice himself at the end of the first movie in the franchise, and while he'll be much smaller in Round 2, he pretty much came out of that unscathed. It would take a lot to actually kill off the character, and maybe people will be clamoring for more down the line. We'll have to wait and see. For now, you can see Groot and Rocket back in action when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5. Take a look at what else we know about the film here.