Disney teases possibility of even more 'Avengers' movies

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More "Avengers" movies could be on their way, Disney said on Tuesday, following the global success of "Avengers: Infinity War", which has smashed box office records since its release last month.

Walt Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger told analysts on an earnings call that the fourth, already announced "Avengers" movie in the Marvel comic book franchise, due to be released in May 2019, would have a "significant conclusion."

But, Iger added, "Given the popularity of the characters and given the popularity of the franchise, I don't think people should conclude that there will never be another 'Avengers' movie."

"There's certainly a lot more stories to tell, a lot more characters to populate those stories with," he said.

"Avengers: Infinity War," which brought together more than 20 Marvel superheroes, set a new opening weekend box office record for North America of $250 million when it debuted at the end of April. The movie has earned more than $1 billion globally, even before it opens in China.

Avengers: Infinity War stars in Singapore

  • The orange soul stone, the last of the six colour-coded Infinity Stones that supervillain Thanos is seeking, is right here in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands.
  • The stars were quick to express their appreciation of the screaming fans who had queued to get access, and then waited outdoors for the cast to appear.
  • Cumberbatch said: "It's utterly surreal. People have been waiting out here for hours. I just want to thank the fans - you're the best fans you really are."
  • Co-star Downey Jr declared: " This has to be the coolest fan event I've ever been for."
  • Downey Jr. also joked about his new “bromance” with his co-star Cumberbatch.
  • Actress Karen Gillan, who plays Nebula, as well as director Joe Russo, were also at the event, where the usual red carpet was replaced by a purple shade in honour of the movie's villain.
  • An average of one or two new Marvel Cinematic Universe films have been released each year over the last decade, and at least another 14 are in the works. So how does the franchise keep audiences interested?
  • The trick, says Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr., is never to repeat something, even if it has proven to be successful in the past.
  • He was fielding interviews in Singapore alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Karen Gillan - who play superhero characters Doctor Strange and Nebula respectively - to promote their highly anticipated new Marvel movie Avengers: Infinity War.
  • There is immense hype over Avengers: Infinity War as the movie gathers the most Marvel superheroes in the same project than ever before.
  • Besides the Avengers superheroes, Guardians Of The Galaxy superheroes are also added to the mix for the first time.
  • Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr brought cheer to 37 children with critical illnesses, leading them in a pledge that turned them into "little superheroes".
  • Thousands of fans turned up early Monday (April 16) for a chance to attend the Avengers: Infinity War red carpet event later at night, with some of Hollywood's biggest names set to be in attendance.
  • While the event is free and open to the public, fans are required to register in person for a non-transferable wristband to gain access, due to venue capacity limitations.
  • Registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis. There are 4,000 wristbands available.

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo shot an as yet untitled follow-up back-to-back with "Infinity War." That movie is scheduled for release on May 3, 2019. Details of the plot have not been released.

Iger added that Disney would also likely "try our hand at what I'll call a new franchise beyond Avengers," noting that there were some 7,000 characters in the Marvel universe that could be explored in film.

Iger was speaking after Disney announced quarterly profits that topped Wall Street forecasts, partly based on the success of Marvel movie "Black Panther."

Disney already has two other Marvel movies set to be released within the next year - "Ant-Man and the Wasp" in July, and "Captain Marvel" in March 2019.

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