The Avengers is a 2012 film based on the Marvel Comics of the same name. It was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Disney. It starred a blockbuster cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, and Samuel L. Jackson. The Avengers was nominated for Academy and BAFTA awards for its stunning visual effects and set records for the biggest opening weekend in North America. The movie grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide and was the largest earner for Marvel Studios. The movie has since given rise to several sequels, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, released in 2015, Avengers: Infinity War — Part 1 scheduled for a 2018 release, and Avengers: Infinity War — Part 2, scheduled to be released in 2019.