Should we just say it now? Summer box office records will likely be smashed again in 2015 when Marvel’s The Avengers assembles Earth’s Mightiest Heroes again for an untitled sequel. Walt Disney announced the released date of May 1, 2015 today, in what was the expected target date after Marvel Studios released their film pipeline through 2014 at Comic-Con. As we told you last week, Joss Whedon is all locked up to direct and write. Here’s the revised lineup.
Iron Man 3 (5/3/13)
Thor 2: The Dark World (11/8/13)
Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier (4/4/14)
Guardians of the Galaxy (8/1/14)
Avengers Untitled Sequel (5/1/15)
Um, yeah. Still no date on that Edgar Wright Ant-Man film. Wright directed some of our favorite films such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Spaced, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, oh and executive produced Attack the Block. What does he have in line before that size-changing Avenger movie? A film called The World’s End, which gets his trusty group together again (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) about a group of friends who reunite 20 years after a failed pub crawl to try it again. Rosamund Pike has just been added to that cast too.
Marvel Studios must be eyeing a release date of Ant-Man in winter of 2014-2015; it would be anti-climactic to come out after The Avengers 2, so it’s got to come out before, right? It’s been speculated that Marvel wants Guardians of the Galaxy to be the gateway film for The Avengers Sequel. It makes sense, unless Ant-Man is going to be a much bigger film than we expect, which it might. We’ll see.
Marvel Studios has to keep pumping out these films because Robert Downey Jr. isn’t getting any younger. He’ll be 50 when the Avengers sequel is released, and I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility to see him be a part of at least a few more Marvel films after that–unless he plans on being the next Harrison Ford who by the way is not letting age get in the way of making a fifth Indiana Jones. Samuel L. Jackson will be 67. Don’t worry, Chris Evans will be made to look like he’s still 30, no matter what.
Want an even crazier thought? Just think about the time it took Jon Favreau to make Iron Man to the release of The Avengers was six years, 2006-2012. Remember, when Favreau used Myspace to get input from Iron Man fans? Okay, maybe I just remember that, but Marvel’s phase 2 will be completed in less than half that time, with at least two television shows up and running in that time on ABC. Wow! This is pretty exciting stuff.
By the way, I’ll argue with those struggling with waiting three… long… years… to see Avengers 2. There are a thousands of comics and graphic novels you can read from now until then that give you the same, if not better experience. In case, you know you want to keep yourself busy.