Those of you who read Digital Trends religiously will likely recall a rumor we reported on two weeks ago which claimed that the sequel to Joss Whedon’s massive blockbuster hit The Avengers would reach theaters on May 1, 2015. At the time we had our doubts stemming from the way MTV made its case for the May 1 release, that the entire idea seemed based purely on estimates of how long it would take Marvel Studios to film all the movies necessary to provide backstory for The Avengers 2. Likewise, though MTV claimed that it had inside sources, none of these sources are named, nor do they offer any information that’s all that intriguing on its own. That said, the May 1 timeline does make a lot of sense, so though we had out doubts as to the veracity of MTV’s claims, we couldn’t deny the logic behind them.
Then, this morning, Disney issued a press release that contained the following:
SEQUEL TO MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS TO HIT THEATERS MAY 1, 2015
The Walt Disney Studios has announced a release date for Marvel Studios’ sequel to the biggest Super Hero blockbuster and third highest grossing film of all time, Marvel’s The Avengers. Joss Whedon returns to write and direct the UNTITLED MARVEL’S AVENGERS SEQUEL set for release May 1, 2015.
So there you have it: The second Avengers movie, whatever it might eventually be titled — “The Avengers 2” is just a moniker the ‘net adopted for the film in lieu of no better options — will debut in American movie theaters on May 1, 2015. MTV was correct about everything.
As the press release also states, this second Avengers movie will be written and directed by geek demigod Joss Whedon, who had the same roles on the original.
While that is comforting news for fans who hope that a second Avengers movie might both live up to the massively high bar set by its predecessor and expand into the more interesting, more esoteric parts of the Marvel universe, the press release offers absolutely no other information on the film. No word if Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, et alia will return, no brief, hyperbolic statements about how awesome the plot will be, no cruelly teasing hints at cult-favorite Marvel Comics characters that might make an appearance; actually, as far as Disney/Marvel Studios press releases go, this one is rather anemic.
What does that mean? Well, it’s probably nothing. In all likelihood it just means that Marvel Studios has only barely started the very earliest stages of production on Avengers 2. Marvel has that Thanos teaser out there generating hype, so it doesn’t need to rush the creation of a second Avengers movie. As we mentioned earlier, fans want Avengers 2 to be even bigger and better than the first. Joss Whedon presumably feels the same way. Given that, it’s just sensible for Mr. Whedon to keep his cards close to his chest until he’s absolutely sure that he’s got something amazing to show people.
Fingers crossed that he can make that happen prior to May 1, 2015.