The sequel to Marvel's $1.5 billion-grossing powerhouse mega-franchise, The Avengers might just have a date set.
According to insiders speaking to MTV News, May 1, 2015 could be the magic date that the team once again assembles to combat...whatever gigantic threat, possibly of cosmic proportions that could be in store for Earth in the Marvel movieverse.
While director, Joss Whedon is set to return, the dance cards for each member of the team are pretty much set with Iron Man 3 (May 3, 2013), Thor: The Dark World (November 8, 2013), and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4, 2014), each of which will likely have cameos from other members like Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury, Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye, and Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow. A three-year-window from this past May's first film would be reasonable and realistic considering all of that.
Marvel apparently has it all worked out, but how?
As MTV's source tells it:
"Marvel has a very set agenda of what they want to do, they are already kind of ahead of the game [on the sequel] because they've got the guy that did it before doing it again and something tells me Joss already has the template [for the film]"
"In terms of the time frame, I think that it is well in the works. ... It looks like the release date might be May 1, 2015, but that can change depending on people's schedules. The beauty of 'The Avengers' is that you've got so many people in this that even during the shoot if someone has to do another film they can just focus on [other characters]."
It's pretty clear that Marvel are wisely getting their pieces into place, as some huge competition will soon be on its way coming from Warner Bros, who will soon unleash a similar barrage of inter-connected comic book films.
Starting with Superman: Man of Steel on June 14, 2013, a Wonder Woman film still in the works, a still-possible sequel for Green Lantern, and an inevitable reboot of some kind for the Batman franchise, they will certainly be leading up to another "mother of all comic-book films" in The Justice League (which, contrary to rumors, will NOT be directed by Ben Affleck.)