The Avengers has been officially given the release date of May 1, 2015. The news just broke earlier today although the rumors have suggested this for weeks. All of that could have been a bunch of guesswork though because taking the first weekend of May is definitely not a new trick for Marvel Studios who makes a hobby out of placing their biggest tentpole there.
Not much is known in regards to what the sequel will be about at this time other than Thanos is presumed to play the film’s central villain and Joss Whedon will be returning to the director’s chair. Cast returns are not yet set in stone, but one could assume that everyone is on tap for round two especially Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson.)
The bigger question mark is who might be added to The Avengers 2. Could the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie said to deal with Thanos necessitate a rendezvous with the superhero unit? What about the lead in Edgar Wright’s upcoming Ant-Man movie? While the latter is more of a question as to whether Marvel Studios will continue to press such an offering in 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy is one of how they intend to adapt such a movie. The source material does in fact deal with The Avengers sequel’s central villain, but under what capacity considering this is a time-traveling group of superheroes?
Marvel Studios’ release schedule as of right now looks like this:
- Iron Man 3 – May 3, 2013
- Thor: The Dark World – November 8, 2013
- Captain America: The Winter Solder – April 4, 2014
- Guardians of the Galaxy – August 1, 2014
- Ant-Man - TBA 2014/2015
- The Avengers 2 – May 1, 2015