After earning more than $200 million dollars in its open weekend in North American, and cumulative $700 million-plus box office worldwide, it should come as no surprise that Avengers 2 is in development.
Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the company is developing a sequel, with the film’s success “a great illustration of why we like Marvel so much.”
The Avengers is the first Marvel Studios film to be marketed and distributed by the Walt Disney Studios, which bought the comics company in 2009. Iger said merchandise surrounding the characters has been selling well, and anyone who stuck around for the now-customary post-credits scene knows that a well-known intergalactic Marvel villain is being teased for use in future films.
Fans will likely have to wait until at least the summer of 2014 for the next celluloid team-up for Earth’s mightiest heroes as Marvel’s president of production Kevin Feige told CHUD that the film will be made after the sequels for Thor, Iron Man and Captain America.
“If we do an Avengers 2 it will be after (Iron Man 3, Thor 2 and Captain America 2). They have to grow, they have to change. What they’ve gone through in this movie will impact their state of mind and where they stand in their next movies,” he said.
“Whatever they go through in those movies is going to affect where we meet them in the next Avengers film. But I think people will be surprised to see, as we go forward — particularly in Iron Man 3 — the notion of how singular the stories can become.”
He went on to say that the next Captain America, likely focusing on his predicament as a man out of his time, will be similar to The Avengers, with S.H.I.E.L.D. agents playing a role.
“Iron Man 3 is a very singular Tony Stark story. As is Thor 2,” he claimed. “Cap, who is stuck in the modern day with no friends or family, there will be some revelations of who is still alive from his days in WWII, but S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury are kind of his confidants right now. So of all these movies, Captain America 2 will be most closely associated with Avengers.”
Marvel has announced the order of upcoming superhero sequels, with Iron Man 3 set to arrive in theatres May 3, 2013, Thor 2 striking lightning in theatres Nov. 15, 2013 and the next Captain America movie slated for April 4, 2014.
Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal of The Hulk in The Avengers has been getting a lot of buzz, and Feige said that their deal with the actor could potentially lead to a Hulk film but that nothing is currently in the works. There have been two Hulk films, one starring Edward Norton and another starring Eric Bana, in the past decade but they have not been considered as commercially or critically successful as Marvel’s other films.
Avengers director Joss Whedon is not yet officially linked to sequel, but he has been receiving many plaudits for movie, and addressed his reaction to the excellent box office on the Whedonesque fan site. He first thanked his fans — or “peeps” as he called them — for their loyalty in supporting his work.
“If you think topping a box office record compares with someone telling you your work helped them through a rough time, you’re probably new here. (For the record, and despite my inhuman distance from the joy-joy of it: topping a box office record is super-dope. I’m an alien, not a robot.) So this is me, saying thank you. All of you.”
As well, he answered questions posed by the likely fictional “Rutherford D. Actualperson,” including how he would feel if The Avengers’ success is surpassed by soon-to-be-released Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. Whedon wrote:
“I’m glad I made you ask that. I will feel sad. But let’s look at the bigger picture, and I can’t say this enough: This is not a zero-sum game. Our successes, whoever has the mostest, are a boon to each other. We’re in the business of proving that superhero movies aren’t just eye-candy (they’re eye-truffles!),” Whedon said.
“People seem intent on setting us against each other, and though I’m proud to be Woody Strode to Nolan’s Kirk Douglas, I think they’re missing the point. Whatever TDKR does on its first weekend, the only stat that matters to me is the ticket I’m definitely buying. Nolan and Raimi invented the true superhero flick, yo. (Special mention to Jon Favreau and James Gunn.) Happy to be in the mix.”