Avengers sequel announced

Last updated 14:05 09/05/2012
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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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