AVENGERS RE-ASSEMBLE! Joss Whedon will return to the scene of his greatest commercial victory.
The “Avengers” director has signed on to write and direct the sequel, said Disney CEO Bob Iger, who in a conference call Tuesday called the first ”Avengers” a “phenomenal success,” according to multiple reports.
Iger and Marvel also announced that Whedon will create a "Marvel-based" live-action series for ABC, which is owned by Disney.
“Joss Whedon has signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios for film and television through the end of June 2015,” Marvel said in a statement about the 48-year-old “Buffy and the Vampire Slayer” creator.
“The Avengers” — which united such Disney/Marvel film properties as Iron-Man, Thor, Captain America and Hulk — has grossed more than $616-million domestically and nearly $1.5-billion overall since its May opening — making it the biggest film of all time not directed by James Cameron, according to boxofficemojo.com.
Iger did not discuss any production or release dates for “Avengers 2.” Among the related Marvel films, “Iron Man 3” is due to debut next May; the “Thor” sequel is due out November 2013; and the ”Captain America” sequel is set for April 2014.