‘The Avengers 2’ Hitting Theaters on May 1, 2015

Last week, the world rejoiced as Disney and Marvel Studios let it ring forth that Joss Whedon will indeed be writing and directing the sequel to this summer’s crazy-successful The Avengers.  Now, the question of just when we’ll be seeing The Avengers 2 has been answered.

Disney has officially announced a May 1, 2015 release date for the sequel.

There’s currently no other film opening on that date, almost three years to the day after the May 4 bow of The Avengers.  Given that the unprecedented superhero team-up easily set the all-time opening weekend record with a $207.4 million haul here at home and has gone on to earn over $1.46 million globally, it’s unlikely that any major competition will be dropping on or around the first week of May in 2015.

Whedon, who was publicly reluctant about returning after The Avengersis set to both write and direct the sequel.  He’s also developing an ABC series set in the Marvel universe and creatively contributing – probably doing uncredited rewrites, as he did for Captain America: The First Avenger – to Marvel’s movies through 2015.

Safe to say that we’ll be seeing Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, and Cobie Smulders returning to comprise the ensemble in The Avengers.

Since, well, he’s Tony Stark, it’s pretty much guaranteed that Robert Downey Jr. will be back as the goateed billionaire.  It seems his contract is up after next summer’s Iron Man 3, however, so one imagines Marvel will have to pony up a not insignificant amount of cash to bring him back for what could be Tony’s swan song.

With The Avengers marking the end of “Phase One,” the next phase begins with Iron Man 3 on May 3, 2013, followed by Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013.  Then there’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014.  That cosmically-inclined Marvel movie should lead right into The Avengers 2.  Since Marvel’s looking to pump out two movies a year for the foreseeable future, it’s possible that we’ll also see Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man in 2015, but there’s no indication of a release date yet.

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes re-assemble on May 1, 2015.  Huzzah!  Now, The Avengers 2 isn’t even an official title yet, so if I may humbly suggest to Marvel The Avengers: Coulson’s Revenge and The Avengers 2: Electric Boogi-Loki.

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