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Marvel Cinematic Universe characters played by (front, from left) Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Evans, Scarlet Johansson and Sebastian Stan in a scene from Avengers: Infinity War. Photo: Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios/AP

Disney may not be done with the Avengers, CEO Bob Iger teases after huge success of Avengers: Infinity War

‘I don’t think people should conclude there will never be another Avengers movie’ after 2019’s follow-up to smash hit Infinity War, Walt Disney chief executive tells business analysts

More Avengers movies could be on their way, Disney said on Tuesday, following the global success of Avengers: Infinity War , which has smashed box office records since its release last month.

Walt Disney chief executive Bob Iger told analysts on an earnings call that the fourth, already announced Avengers movie in the Marvel comic book franchise, due to be released in May 2019, would have a “significant conclusion”.

Bob Iger, chief executive officer of Disney, and Benedict Cumberbatch attend the premiere of Avengers: Infinity War last month. Photo: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images/AFP

However, he added: “Given the popularity of the characters and given the popularity of the franchise, I don’t think people should conclude that there will never be another Avengers movie.”

“There’s certainly a lot more stories to tell, a lot more characters to populate those stories with,” he said.

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Avengers: Infinity War, which brought together more than 20 Marvel superheroes, set a new opening weekend box office record for North America of US$250 million when it debuted at the end of April. The movie has earned more than US$1 billion globally, even before it opens in China.

There’s certainly a lot more stories to tell, a lot more characters to populate those stories with
Bob Iger

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo shot an as yet untitled follow-up back-to-back with Infinity War. That movie is scheduled for release on May 3, 2019. Details of the plot have not been released.

Iger said Disney would also likely “try our hand at what I’ll call a new franchise beyond Avengers”, noting that there were some 7,000 characters in the Marvel universe that could be explored in film.

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Iger was speaking after Disney announced quarterly profits that topped Wall Street forecasts, partly based on the success of Marvel movie Black Panther .

Disney already has two other Marvel movies set to be released within the next year: Ant-Man and the Wasp in July, and Captain Marvel in March 2019.