Production on the comic-book-hero-packed sequel to 'Avengers Assemble' will begin later this year, with shooting due to take place early next year ahead of a 2015 release, reported Contactmusic.
The film's plot and cast have not been revealed, but the movie will be written and directed by Joss Whedon, who helmed the first instalment. Stars returning from the first film may include Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury and Chris Evans as Captain America.
Hemsworth has said he worries whether it will be possible for the sequel to top the first film, which grossed over USD 1.5 billion worldwide. "Jesus, I don't think anything will ever come close... Probably 'Avengers 2', but it will be pretty hard to hit that again.
It's almost as if I've been ruined for the rest of my career regarding box-office expectations," he said. Meanwhile, Sam Rockwell has also expressed an interest in bringing his 'Iron Man 2' character, weapons manufacturer Justin Hammer, into the second Avengers film. "Renner's a good friend of mine, and I know (Mark) Ruffalo, I know Scarlett. It would be fun to play with all those guys. That would be a blast," he said.