Avengers sequel starts development as film breaks records

‘What now?’

Less than a week after the US premiere, the Avengers is quickly climbing the ranks of top money making movies for Hollywood. I’m a little confused by the comments that I have seen stating Avengers has broken the comic book movie fatigue (last year Captain America and Thor did quite well and support for Batman: The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man has been consistently strong.

Via CBR:

Avengers passes $700 Billion mark:

Like a rampaging Hulk, Marvel Studios’ “The Avengers” seems determined to demolish the global box office — to say nothing of its competition — hauling in $702.2 million in just 13 days.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Joss Whedon-directed film has earned $226.4 million in North America, including an impressive $18.9 million on Monday, and $475.8 million internationally.

TheWrap contends “The Avengers” is on track to become a $1 billion blockbuster, a first for Marvel Studios. Jeff Bock, an analyst for Exhibitor Relations Co. told the website he “wouldn’t be surprised” if the film passed “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows — Part 2” ($1.3 billion) to become No. 3 on the list of all-time box office leaders, behind “Avatar” ($2.7 billion) and “Titanic” ($2.1 billion).

With a third Iron Man movie, sequels to both Thor and Captain America in the works, there is plenty to come from Marvel. Mark Ruffalo’s multi-picture deal also implies a revival of the Hulk which makes me very happy. A mystery project may center on Hawkeye and Black Widow as a team-up or possibly something else entirely.

I won’t spoil the film for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but the conclusion leaves the possibility of a sequel absolutely necessary. The cosmic-level threat will no doubt require new team members, possibly with higher power ranking, such as Captain Marvel, Hercules and others. I’m hoping that the Vision will also crop up soon as he’s kind of a mainstay of the team for me.

Due to legal entanglements, other characters such as the Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and all of the X-Men will not be available for subsequent Marvel movies, but there are plenty of other superheroes out there.

Which Avenger are you anxious to see in the upcoming sequel?


6 thoughts on “Avengers sequel starts development as film breaks records

  1. The Vision and Ultron (an enemy obviously)… of course that means Henry Pym, so Giant Man and Ant Man would be nice. They could actually do a version of the whole Hank Pym cycle… from Giant Man and Ant Man to Yellowjacket… and have the whole depression story that leads to the creation of Ultron and ultimate redemption of Pym. The Vision would just be cool visually on the screen.


  2. Disney is a media juggernaut, and they own Marvel now. If they want the rights back from the other studios then they’ll get them back, especially after this.


    • Not unless someone does something to break the contract. Sony wanted to keep Spider-Man, which is why they effectively dumped Raimi and company and went the new direction. Raimi was set to do Spider-Man #4 and Tobey was on board… but Raimi couldn’t meet the deadline, and if Sony missed that deadline then the rights would revert back to Marvel/Disney… so Sony switched gears.

      Long story short… the other companies who own the other rights will keep them as long as they do what they are supposed to… which means FOX needs to jump on a Fantastic Four movie soon if they want to keep those rights.


      • Same situation with Daredevil and X-Men. The studios only have so much time before the rights revert back to Marvel/Disney. I recall reading that Joe Q (back when he was Editor in Chief) was more than happy for Sony and Fox to retain the rights and promote Marvel characters. It’s more money in their pocket, after all.


      • This isn’t a case of *waiting* for the rights to revert… this is a case of Disney being Vito Corleone and making them “an offer they can’t refuse”.


      • I suppose… but considering the early success of The Avengers… if you are FOX or Sony, wouldn’t Disney have to back a large truck up and pay you half a billion before you would even think of giving back those rights?

        You know Sony is thinking Spidey might catch some of the Avengers heat this summer and make gangbuster money. Now, it might not… but IF it does… and you are Sony… you’d want to make that money yourself, right? And FOX sitting temporarily on the sidelines… they want to push another X-Men movie anyway… but Daredevil and FF are going to at least appear to be hot properties if the other Marvel movies continue to do well.


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