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'Avengers: Endgame' to set all-time box office record

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'Avengers: Endgame' to set all-time box office record
'Avengers: Endgame' to set all-time box office record

Marvel's 'Avengers: Endgame' overtook 'Avatar' as the all-time global box office champ, on the heels of the studio's announcing a new slate of star-studded superhero films. Lisa Bernhard reports.

Marvel Studios’ blockbuster movie “Avengers: Endgame” on Sunday is poised to become the top-grossing film of all time, surpassing the record for global tickets sales set by the 2009 film “Avatar,” which pulled in nearly $2.8 billion worldwide.

That’s according Marvel studio head Kevin Feige, who at Comic-Con over the weekend unveiled a star-packed slate of new Marvel films in production, including "The Eternals"… with this cast member arguably getting the biggest cheers: [UPSOUND, MARVEL STUDIO CEO KEVIN FEIGE SAYING: “Let me introduce Angelina Jolie!”] Jolie – who off-camera is often trying to save the world through her humanitarian efforts – will step into the role of Thena, one of the superhuman “Eternals” fighting to save the earth from evil forces.

Also on tap, a fourth “Thor” movie – but this time it’s a woman who will take up the hammer.

(SOUND BITE) (ENGLISH) "THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER" DIRECTOR TAIKA WAIKIKI SAYING: “For us, there’s only one person who could play that role – please welcome to the stage, Natalie Portman!” Portman’s take on Thor is expected in the fall of 2021.

Rounding out a trifecta of powerful women, Scarlett Johansson was on-hand at Comic-Con's Hall H – where the convention's biggest panels are held - to unveil a trailer for "Black Widow." Johansson is returning to the role she made famous in the "Avenger" films, but this time in a standalone film without her superhero costars.

(SOUND BITE) (ENGLISH) ACTRESS SCARLET JOHANSSON SAYING: “If you had told me 10 years ago that I would be presenting footage in Hall H of the “Black Widow” standalone, it would have been incomprehensible.

It’s kind of mind-blowing.” Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, also said the new slate of films will include a diverse cast of characters, including the first openly LGBTQ superhero.

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