Let’s all step back from Deadline Wherever‘s splashy headline “Disney Announces ‘Avengers 2′ In Development” to properly contextualize just what it is that Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced today. While Deadline’s story reads (for now, at least), “Disney CEO Bob Iger just announced that the company is developing a sequel” to box office smash The Avengers, that information comes without an official announcement from Disney or credit to the original source. So, yes, let’s take a moment.
ComingSoon has posted the real meat of the story, an interview that Iger did today with CNBC. While you can watch that interview for yourself, CS has lifted out the relevant quotes from Iger: “The Avengers isn’t just a film. 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.”
See that? “Hopefully.” Nothing “official” here. We reached out to reps at Disney for this story, who informed us that there will be no official announcement beyond what Iger shared in his CNBC chat which, again, does not construe an official announcement of The Avengers 2. But, come on, let’s be honest with ourselves.
Marvel still has an as-yet-undisclosed film on the calendar, set to release on May 16, 2014, and it’s still unclear whether that will be The Avengers 2 or another feature.