Disney has confirmed that director of 'The Avengers' Joss Whedon will return to write and direct the sequel to the blockbuster superhero movie.
Just weeks ago the director told an audience at Comic-Con that he was undecided about whether he would return to the franchise.
Yet despite the good news about Whedon's involvement, fans will have to wait until 2015 to see the likes of The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, The Black Widow and Captain America team up again, Marvel studios confirmed.
According to the BBC, Marvel said in a statement: "Joss Whedon has signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios for film and television through the end of June 2015.
"As part of that deal, Whedon will write and direct Marvel's The Avengers 2 as well as help develop a new live action series for Marvel Television at ABC.
"He will also contribute creatively to the next phase of Marvel's cinematic universe."
Marvel and Disney are believed to want to capitalise on the fact that 'The Avengers' unexpectedly became the third biggest box-office movie of all time, taking an estimated $1.46bn.
They aim to do this by rolling out the Marvel universe of the comic books, with sequels to 'Thor', 'Iron Man' and 'Captain America' all on their way. At Comic-Con Marvel also revealed plans to expand the roster of characters further, including an 'AntMan' movie to be directed by Edgar Wright.
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