The official release date for The Avengers 2 has been announced.
The sequel will open in cinemas on May 1, 2015, Marvel Studios confirmed in a press statement. Since its release in May (2012), The Avengers has taken more than $1.46 billion (£930 million) worldwide, making it the third-highest grossing movie ever.
Earlier this month (August 8), it was confirmed that Joss Whedon will return to write and direct the sequel as part of an exclusive three-year deal with Marvel Studios.
The Avengers 2 will open in cinemas after at least four movies starring Marvel characters. Iron Man 3 is due in May 2013, followed by Thor: The Dark World in November 2013 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier in April 2014.
Marvel is also attempting to launch a new superhero franchise based on the Guardians Of The Galaxy comic books. The first film, which currently has no cast or director is scheduled for release in August 2014.
Casting for The Avengers 2 has yet to be confirmed, but franchise stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson are all expected to reprise their roles. Earlier this week, Downey Jr sustained an ankle injury while shooting a stunt for Iron Man 3.