'Avengers' sequel planned for May 2015

Associated Press
FILE - In this file photo released by Disney, Samuel L. Jackson portrays Nick Fury in a scene from Marvel's "The Avengers."  Disney and its Marvel Studios unit announced Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 that the follow-up to this year's biggest hit, "The Avengers," will arrive in theaters on May 1, 2015.  (AP Photo/Disney, Zade Rosenthal, file)
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FILE - In this file photo released by Disney, Samuel L. Jackson portrays Nick Fury in a scene from Marvel's "The Avengers." Disney and its Marvel Studios unit announced Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 that the follow-up to this year's biggest hit, "The Avengers," will arrive in theaters on May 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Disney, Zade Rosenthal, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Avengers" are returning for a superhero sequel three years from now.

Disney and its Marvel Studios unit announced Thursday that the follow-up to this year's biggest hit will arrive in theaters on May 1, 2015.

The studio announced last week that Joss Whedon will be back to write and direct the as-yet-untitled sequel.

Released in May, "The Avengers" gathered such Marvel comic-book heroes as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth). The film has taken in nearly $1.5 billion worldwide.

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