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According to the Associated Press, Disney and its Marvel Studios unit announced Thursday that the follow-up to this year’s biggest hit will arrive in theaters on May 1, 2015.

The studio announced recently that Joss Whedon will be back to write and direct the as-yet-untitled sequel.

Released in May, “The Avengers” gathered such Marvel comic-book heroes as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth). The film has taken in nearly $1.5 billion worldwide.

There will be plenty of Marvel action building up to “The Avengers” follow-up. Mr. Downey’s “Iron Man 3” is due out next May, followed by Mr. Hemsworth’s “Thor” sequel in November 2013 and Mr. Evans’ “Captain America” sequel in April 2014.

Compiled from Web and wire reports