12:30pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Disney CEO Bob Iger: Marvel Is 'Just Getting Started'
As impressive as the performance of Marvel Studios has been to date, Disney CEO Bob Iger wants you to know that the best is yet to come.
“Marvel is, as far as we're concerned, just getting started,” Iger told investors during a Disney conference call on Tuesday. “The results of [Captain America: The Winter Soldier], though, I think, are very, very telling, because when you look at the film that is approaching almost $700 million in global box office, I think $680 million, and you compare that to Captain America 1, which did under $400 million worldwide and even look at it versus Thor movies, a few of the Iron Man movies, you're looking at a film that has actually done substantially better than a lot of the Marvel films that we put out.”
Iger said that Marvel’s success with movies released in May includes “the two biggest domestic openings of all time,” adding that the studio “will continue this tradition with Avengers: Age of Ultron next year and Captain America 3 in 2016.”
He pointed out that “it’s clear that momentum is building” for the Avengers movies, and said that Guardians of the Galaxy — a film that has “strong franchise potential,” he said at one point — could be just as big. “I'm not going to predict that we've got another Avengers on our hands, but that's certainly the goal,” he said.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled for release May 3, 2015. Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled for release August 1, 2014.