After The Avengers hit us with a massive $207 million opening weekend (grossing a worldwide $700 million), it should be no surprise that Disney/Marvel has officially announced the obvious; a sequel is on the way. Of course, we already knew a sequel would be on the way (Marvel rarely stops at just one, and its stars are all signed to multi-film contracts); this is simply the assurance of what we all knew would be happening.
According to Deadline, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced in an earnings call that “the company is developing a sequel.” Iger has apparently already gushed that the movie’s success is “a great illustration of why we like Marvel so much.” And that’s not all – there are more sequels on the way, with Iron Man 3, Captain America 2 and Thor 2 already announced – with maybe even an Ant-Man film in store (we’ll have to wait and see about that).
The Avengers raked in $18.7 million in midnight screenings alone from approximately 2,500 theaters which played the film in both 2D and digital 3D, as well as the 273 IMAX 3D theaters.
Marvel fans everywhere flocked to cinemas to see the story that finds Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) of S.H.I.E.L.D forming a super team of heroes called “The Avengers,” who try to save the Earth from Loki and his alien army. Fury and his team battle to save the Earth from disaster, and with a story like that, how could it possibly miss? Well, as you know, it didn’t.
The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Paul Bettany, and was directed by Joss Whedon. No word yet on who will be returning and who won’t (you can bet Downey, Evans, Ruffalo and Hemsworth will be there); Whedon currently has an option to direct, but there’s been no official word yet on that front.
Are you already looking forward to The Avengers 2?