With "The Avengers" continuing to break records with a $207.1 million opening weekend box office take and a staggering $441.5 million overseas, fans are already chomping at the bit for the next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's premiere superhero team -- and according to The Hollywood Reporter, they're likely going to get it. Yesterday, during a conference call with analysts to discuss quarterly earnings, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that "The Avengers 2" is in the works with an unannounced release date following Marvel Studios' "Iron Man 3," "Thor 2" and "Captain America 2."
In the CBR Review of "The Avengers," staff writer Josie Campbell praised the film, calling it a "satisfying, rollicking comic book movie" and commending director Joss Whedon for his work on the film.
"Heroes fight other heroes, villains wax poetic about their master plans, aliens invade New York and none of this ever feels forced," said Campbell. "Whedon's brand of humor fits the Marvel Universe like a glove, successfully humanizing the superhuman bunch. Someone better be talking to Whedon about writing an actual Avengers comic with exactly this line-up of characters -- I'm more excited to see the continued adventures of this group than I have been for any superhero team, in comic books and out, for years."
"The Avengers" stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson, Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill and Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd as Dr. Selvig.