A day after announcing that The Avengers had the biggest opening weekend of all-time – $207.4 million, adding up to an international box office of over $702 million – Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that development will officially begin on The Avengers 2. It's surprising that it took this long, honestly. Deadline broke the news.
Audiences now know that the villain for The Avengers 2 has already been established in the current motion picture, but it may be too soon to cavalierly announce who that is. Suffice it to say that the Big Bad caused as much if not more trouble for the Marvel Universe than any other, and knowledgeable comic book fans cheered the reveal at every screening we attended.
Of course it's going to take a few years to get The Avengers 2 off the ground, as Iron Man 3, Thor 2 and Captain America 2 are all the on the docket through 2014, as well as another, as yet announced project which may or may not be The Guardians of the Galaxy, a lesser-known Marvel franchise (to mainstream audiences, that is) which now makes perfect sense given the obvious new direction of the Marvel movie franchise. As with the previous spate of Marvel superheroes movies, these new productions are all expectedt to build to yet a full-fledged Marvel team-up in the future.
Kevin Feige revealed to CraveOnline that although no official talks were underway, the studio would be very interested in Joss Whedon returning for another Avengers film.
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