Avengers 2 will anchor a second ‘wave’ of Marvel films

Posted by CB Droege

The cast and crew of the upcoming ensemble superhero film The Avengers met up for a panel at New York Comic-Con this weekend.

The big news was the unofficial announcement of a second Avengers film, which will hit theaters after each of the core heroes receives another solo film for themselves, starting with Iron Man 3, which is currently in pre-production.

"[The new Iron Man film] will be the first of what we sort of refer to as phase two of this...saga that will culminate, God willing, in Avengers 2," said Kevin Feige, the producer of The Avengers during the panel, which also featured Chris Evans (Captain America), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson), Cobie Smulders (Agent Hill) and Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk). Ruffalo wasn’t originally planned to be on the panel.

The Avengers is the culmination of a multi-director, many-starred effort to create a standing film universe for Marvel characters to inhabit, breaking the age-old trend of allowing each new film to write its own new story, something which is sadly still happening to the film adaptations of the other big super hero comics publisher, DC.

It’s made possible because Marvel has its own film studio, and retains control of valuable character assets.

The featured characters in the film include three which have already had new in-canon films - Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor - and three who will be getting their own films soon after The Avengers - Black Widow, Hawkeye, and The Hulk.

The first official trailer The Avengers was released just last week, and has already seen more than 10 million downloads from the iTunes store.

The panel also debuted a new clip from the film, which depicts Bruce Banner’s recruitment into S.H.I.E.L.D. by Black Widow. I’ll update this article when that clip hits the web.

The Avengers will hit theaters May 4, 2012.