Avengers sequel announced

02:58, May 09 2012
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Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evans) in The Avengers.
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Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in The Avengers.
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Captain America (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr in The Avengers.
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The Avengers' arch-enemy Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is captured.
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Joss Whedon and Scarlet Johansson on The Avengers set.
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Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) in The Avengers.
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Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) in The Avengers.
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Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).
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Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow and Chris Hemsworth as Thor in The Avengers.
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Everybody's favourite green rage monster, The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).
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Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man and Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury.
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Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evans) battle invaders in The Avengers.

The runaway success of The Avengers movie landed the crime-fighting Marvel superhero team a return date to theatres.

Hot off the movie's record-setting debut, Walt Disney Co said today an Avengers sequel is in the works, though no release date has been set.

The movie debuted with a staggering US$207.4 million (NZ$264.1 million) take from US and Canadian theatres over the weekend, the biggest debut in film history. Globally, the film has pulled in US$702.2 million.

The film unites Marvel superheroes including Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor and The Hulk in a battle against a villain out to destroy the Earth. Stars include Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson.

The second Avengers movie will follow previously announced Thor and Iron Man sequels coming in 2013 and a new Captain America movie in 2014, Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger told industry analysts.

"Eventually, (on) a date to be determined, you'll see a sequel to Avengers," Iger said.

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Reuters