Considering that The Avengers has been shattering box office records right and left since it opened, and that it passed the $700 million mark worldwide yesterday, it can hardly be considered a surprise that a sequel is already in the works.
Still, it’s nice to get official notice that the process has begun, and Disney CEO Bob Iger gave such notice yesterday during a conference call discussing the company’s quarterly earnings. He didn’t say when we should expect the film to hit theaters, but confirmed the schedule for the individual heroes’ movies they’d floated before: Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 next year, and Captain America 2 in 2014.
In a potentially exciting development, though, Iger also mentioned that Avengers-based attractions are being planned for Disney’s theme parks. This could be particularly interesting at Walt Disney World, where Universal’s nearby Islands of Adventure park already has Marvel superhero-based rides and other attractions.