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'Avengers 2' Is Officially Happening: Disney Announces Sequel Is In Development

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: Updated: 05/08/2012 6:29 pm

Avengers 2 Sequel
Disney announced Tuesday that there would be an "Avengers" sequel.

It's the type of story we have to write, but you saw this coming: "Avengers" is officially getting a sequel. Disney announced Tuesday afternoon that the second ensemble superhero film is already in development.

It's shockingly unsurprising news, for two main reasons: One, there's a post-credits scene at the end of "Marvel's The Avengers" that hints at a future film and, two, the first movie made the most money over an opening weekend in the history of motion pictures.

Still, it's nice to see Disney take a break from counting their millions reacting to the positive fan reaction to the film and greenlighting a sequel. Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the news at the beginning of a conference call with reporters, describing the success of the first film as "a great illustration of why we like Marvel so much."

"The Avengers" has been a veritable money tree for Disney and Marvel. The movie dialed up a $200 million stateside over its opening weekend, earning the second-highest single day gross of all time (after "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2") on its way to its record-shattering biggest weekend of all time.

So yes, a sequel was a tough call to make.

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actor Robert Downey Jr. (C) attends 'The Avengers' Premiere, Closing Night Of The Tribeca Film Festival Sponsored By Bombay Sapphire on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Bombay Sapphire)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actors Sunrise Coigney Mark Ruffalo attend the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actor Mark Ruffalo (2nd L) attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actors Jennifer Grey and Clark Gregg attend the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actress Christine Lahti attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actors Taran Killam and Cobie Smulders attend the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actress Cobie Smulders (2nd L) attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actor Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan attend the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actor Tom Hiddleston (2nd L) attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actor Tom Hiddleston (R) attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actress Cobie Smulders attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actor Robert Downey Dr. (2nd L) attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actor Robert Downey Dr. (R) attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actor Bobby Moynihan attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actor Chris Hemsworth attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actor Tom Hiddleston attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actor Tom Hiddleston attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actor Chris Hemsworth attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Jimmy Buffett attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actor Robert Downey Jr. attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Premiere - Outside Arrivals - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actor Mark Ruffalo attends the 'Marvel's The Avengers' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • "The Avengers" Premiere, Closing Night Of The Tribeca Film Festival Sponsored By Bombay Sapphire

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actor Chris Hemsworth (C) attends 'The Avengers' Premiere, Closing Night Of The Tribeca Film Festival Sponsored By Bombay Sapphire on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Bombay Sapphire)

  • "The Avengers" Premiere, Closing Night Of The Tribeca Film Festival Sponsored By Bombay Sapphire

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actor Chris Hemsworth (C) attends 'The Avengers' Premiere, Closing Night Of The Tribeca Film Festival Sponsored By Bombay Sapphire on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Bombay Sapphire)

  • "The Avengers" Premiere, Closing Night Of The Tribeca Film Festival Sponsored By Bombay Sapphire

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actor Chris Hemsworth attends 'The Avengers' Premiere, Closing Night Of The Tribeca Film Festival Sponsored By Bombay Sapphire on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Bombay Sapphire)

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