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Disney planning 'Avengers 2,' much more

Posted by Glenn Yoder  May 9, 2012 02:55 PM

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On the heels of the record opening for "Marvel's The Avengers," Disney is striking while the iron's hot by already announcing plans for a sequel. The company's CEO Bob Iger confirmed the plans May 8 during a conference call.

The news won't surprise many who saw "Avengers" during its first weekend, as a scene after the credits gave a strong hint toward a follow-up film. The movie has also been wildly successful already, raking in $207 million domestically its first weekend, the largest opening ever, and more than $700 million worldwide.

In addition to the forthcoming sequel, there are plenty more earning opportunities in development for the star franchise, including rides at Disney theme parks and video games. There will also be future installments of the individual characters' films, like next year's "Iron Man 3" and "Thor 2" and 2014's "Captain America 2." Disney may even give The Hulk another solo movie now that the character has its third star in as many recent tries, with Mark Ruffalo replacing Edward Norton from 2008's "The Incredible Hulk" and Eric Bana from 2003's "Hulk."

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