‘XXX: Return of Xander Cage’ Features An ‘Avengers’ Reference

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xXx: Return of Xander Cage will mark Vin Diesel’s return in the titular role for the first time since xXx was released in 2002. While this film will be Samuel L. Jackson’s third outing as NSA Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons, it will also be his first time since taking on the role of S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. It appears the creative minds behind xXx 3 could not resist acknowledging Jackson’s work in the MCU and included a nod to the Avengers in the film.

The reference is featured in a scene where Jackson as Gibbons meets with soccer player Neymar Jr. in an attempt to recruit him into the xXx program. The screen then freezes on a shot of Neymar Jr and text detailing Neymar Jr.’s qualifications appears on the screen. The text also reveals that Neymar Jr. agreed to meet with Gibbons because he thought he was being recruited to join The Avengers.

Of course, it is unlikely we will ever see Xander Cage join the superhero team, but the xXx film universe could include a team-up of their own. Ice Cube, who played the lead in xXx: State of the Union, will make an appearance in the third film.

The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. Packed with the series’ signature deadpan wit and bad-ass attitude, “xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE” will raise the bar on extreme action with some of the most mind-blowing stunts to ever be caught on film.

Directed by D. J. Caruso, the film will star Vin Diesel, Ruby Rose, Donnie Yen, Toni Collette, Nicky Jam, Tony Jaa, Brazilian soccer star Neymar Jr., Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Nina Dobrev, Rory McCann, Michael Bisping and Samuel L. Jackson.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage will be released in theaters on January 20, 2017.

Source: Comicbook.com

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