Chris Hemsworth and The Avengers are returning for a superhero sequel three years from now.

Disney and its Marvel Studios unit announced on Thursday that the follow-up to this year's biggest hit will arrive in US theatres on May 1, 2015.

The studio announced last week 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 (Hemsworth). The film has taken in nearly $US1.5 billion ($A1.43 billion) worldwide.

There will be plenty of Marvel action building up to The Avengers follow-up. Downey's Iron Man 3 is due out in Australia next April, followed by Hemsworth's Thor sequel in November 2013. Evans' Captain America sequel is due out in the US in April 2014.

The West Australian

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