Earlier this week it was announced to the world that writer/director Joss Whedon would return to direct the sequel to this summer’s runaway blockbuster hit “The Avengers.” Now the ante has been upped, industry insiders have hinted at May 1st, 2015 as being the release date for the sequel. So, why is this date noteworthy?
Marvel and Disney have three superhero sequels and a tent pole film in the works, which will undoubtedly tie into “The Avengers 2.” Also, the actors who would reprise their roles as part of the Avenger’s team are engaged in filming their respective Marvel films. Robert Downey, Jr. is booked for “Iron Man 3,” Chris Evans for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and Chris Hemsworth for “Thor: The Dark World,” not to mention Samuel L. Jackson’s involvement in all three given his nine picture deal and the cameo potential for Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) as Jackson’s fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Finally, the debut of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” film will provide an excellent segue into “The Avengers” sequel.
It’s also important to point out that in announcing Whedon’s official involvement, the production is very likely further along in the development process than the studio is willing to announce.
“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],” an inside source told MTV News. “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].”
At this time, Marvel would not make any official announcements on Whedon’s deal, or the release date for “The Avengers 2.”