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OTRC: 'The Avengers 2': Sequel to Joss Whedon's hit film gets release date

The cast of 'The Avengers' appears in a scene from the 2012 film. (Marvel Studios)

The sequel to the hit summer blockbuster "The Avengers" officially has a release date.

Walt Disney Studios announced on Thursday that the second movie in the franchise, which is still untitled, is set for release on May 1, 2015. The first "Avengers," which was released this past May, quickly gained a cult following and achieved box office success, making its mark as the third highest grossing film of all time.

Domestically, "The Avengers" earned $617 million, while the film made another $844 million abroad. Overall, the summer blockbuster earned $1.4 billion dollars worldwide.

The film was directed and written by Joss Whedon and featured stars such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson.

Walt Disney Studios said in a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com that Whedon will also direct and write the script for the second "Avengers" film.

"Avengers"Downey Jr., who plays Tony Stark, is currently recuperating after injuring his ankle while working on the third installment of the highly popular "Iron Man" movie franchise.

"Robert Downey Jr. sustained an ankle injury on the set of 'Iron Man 3' in Wilmington, North Carolina while performing a stunt," a Walt Disney Studios spokesperson said in a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com on Thursday. "There will be a short delay in the production schedule while he recuperates."

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