With Marvel's THE AVENGERS already made box-office opening weekend history with a whopping $207.4 million at the U.S., as well as additional $475.8 million at the international box-office -- a worldwide total of $700 million!, there's no surprise that Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger is very happy with the result. Now he has spoken with CNBC about the huge success of THE AVENGERS and further comments about the future for the cinematic Marvel Universe in the coming years.
The Avengers isn't just a film. It's a franchise from our perspective. Obviously, it was helped a lot by the success of the 'Iron Man' movies and of 'Thor' and 'Captain America'. From 'The Avengers' we get a chance to make 'Thor 2' and 'Captain America 2' and 'Iron Man 3' and hopefully another 'Avengers' movie. So this one film that is immensely successful... is going to get a number of other films and franchises.
We have an ability to leverage what was a very fun film done by a great group of filmmakers into something much bigger for the company, and the effect will be prolonged and that's very, very exciting for us.
As for now, we get to see three upcoming Marvel movies as follows: IRON MAN 3 and THOR 2 in 2013, followed by CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 in 2014. In addition, the studio has also announced plans for an as-of-yet-undisclosed project set to be released on May 16, 2014. Currently there's no confirmation whether the mysterious project is going to be the much-anticipated AVENGERS sequel or a movie based on a new Marvel Universe character.