‘The Avengers 2’ Gets Official Release Date

The Avengers 2 has gotten an official release date, Deadline reports. The sequel to this year’s superhero blockbuster will be hitting theaters May 1, 2015.

In the meantime, Marvel fans will have to be content with Iron Man 3, and the sequels to Thor and Captain America. There is also Guardians of the Galaxy, which will focus on “a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants,” and will be released August 1, 2014.

Iron Man 3 has temporarily suspended production for the time being, after star Robert Downey Jr. received an ankle injury during filming. Unless the injury is more serious than previously thought, Iron Man 3 will still be hitting theaters May 3, 2013. Thor: The Dark World will be released November 8, 2013, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be released April 4, 2014.

Joss Whedon is set to write and direct The Avengers 2, and has signed an exclusive film and television deal with Marvel Studios through the end of June 2015. The deal includes the development of a live action series for ABC’s Marvel Television.

The Avengers was released May 4, 2012, earning $200 million in its opening weekend and grossing $1.46 billion worldwide. Marvel is clearly hoping that The Avengers 2 will follow the trend set by its predecessor, but if history is any indication — the summertime is incredibly profitable for superhero movies — the studio will likely have another blockbuster on its hands.

At the moment, not much is known about The Avengers 2, other than the fact that Whedon is directing and the main cast is returning, but more details should be available in the coming weeks.

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