May 9, 2012 / 12:16 AM / 7 years ago

"Avengers" to return to big screen in sequel

Actor Mark Ruffalo arrives at the screening of the film "Marvel's The Avengers" for the closing night of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York April 28, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The runaway success of “The Avengers” movie landed the crime-fighting Marvel superhero team a return date to theatres.

Hot off the movie’s record-setting debut, Walt Disney Co said on Tuesday an “Avengers” sequel is in the works, though no release date is set.

The movie debuted with a staggering $207.4 million (128.4 million pounds) from U.S. and Canadian theatres over the weekend, the biggest debut in film history. Globally, the film has pulled in $702.2 million.

The film unites Marvel superheroes including Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor and The Hulk in a battle against a villain out to destroy the Earth. Stars include Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson.

The second “Avengers” movie will follow a previously announced “Thor” and “Iron Man” sequels coming in 2013 and a new “Captain America” movie in 2014, Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger told industry analysts.

“Eventually, (on) a date to be determined, you’ll see a sequel to ‘Avengers,’” Iger said.

Reporting By Lisa Richwine; Editing by Bernard Orr and Bob Tourtellotte

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