Though Robert Downey Jr. suffered a setback on the set of "Iron Man 3" this week when he injured his ankle, fans are getting a leg up today as Marvel announces exactly when the Golden Avenger will fly again after the threequel.
Iron Man, along with Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Nick Fury will get more shawarma, and probably battle Thanos as well, when "The Avengers 2" touches down in theaters on May 1, 2015, according to Disney (via ComingSoon).
Their fearless filmmaking leader Joss Whedon will be back in the director's chair, possibly to make up for all the money he lost on the first "Avengers," which only brought in a measly $1.462 billion at the worldwide box office.
The team-up sequel will follow in the rocket-powered footsteps of "Iron Man 3" on May 3, 2013, the mighty hammer of "Thor: The Dark World" on November 8, 2013, the star-spangled "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" on April 4, 2014 and the cosmic raccoon-ness of "Guardians of the Galaxy" on August 1, 2014. Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man," which wowed fans at Comic-Con with test footage of the miniature hero, could also make a big splash sometime before "Avengers 2" debuts, but no firm date is set.
Most great sequels need at least 3-years to creatively simmer before they're just the right temperature, so that's great, especially with Whedon helping to guide the other Marvel superhero properties towards a unified vision of awesomeness that will culminate in "Avengers 2: Money Never Sleeps," or whatever it's ultimately called.