“The Avengers isn’t just a film,” says Iger. “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.”
In addition to the films he lists, the studio has announced plans for an as-of-yet-undisclosed project to be released on May 16, 2014. There’s no confirmation yet on whether or not that will be a sequel or if it might be based on a new Marvel Universe character.
“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,” he continues, “and the effect will be prolonged and that’s very, very exciting for us.”
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