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A Closer Look at the Marvel Movie Difference

While Marvel and DC seem to be remarkably similar, there are key differences between the two that every investor in Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS  ) and Time Warner (NYSE: TWX  ) should know, says Fool contributor Tim Beyers in the following video.

One obvious difference is in how films get made. Whereas every Marvel movie is made by Marvel Studios rather than Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros. makes every DC movie. By employing its own studio, Marvel has 100% control of how its characters are represented on screen, Tim says.

By contrast, DC is intellectual property for Warner Bros., and film executives make character decisions. Sometimes that works well, as in the case of Christopher Nolan's Batman films. But such wins have been too rare for DC, which has a bounty of great stories to tell, Tim says.

The company might do better to copy the Marvel movie method and create a distinct studio where the most talented storytellers are given the space to develop DC properties. In the meantime, Tim says, don't take action on Time Warner stock.

Instead, look for more integration. Watch how Warner involves the team at DC now that its production deal with Legendary Pictures has come to an end. More collaboration should lead to better films, more valuable franchises, and fatter profits.

Warner and DC are also expanding their TV efforts in an effort to win an all-out $2.2 trillion media war with the likes of Apple,, and Google. The Motley Fool's shocking video presentation reveals the secret Steve Jobs took to his grave, and explains why the only real winners are these three lesser-known power players that film your favorite shows. Click here to watch today!

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  • Report this Comment On August 24, 2013, at 7:57 PM, tslghtr wrote:

    I don't believe in karma, but it is interesting, how Marvel, is now is king of the box office. When Tim Burton's Batman premiered, Warner, as well as DC comics, immediately dominated the big and small screen; while Marvel properties such as Captain America and Fantastic 4, never saw the day.

    Marvel has a plethora of "real world" character's, and as with the X-Men, "real world" characters facing "real world" issues...such as racism. One also needs to face facts, DC has some of the lamest characters ever, my lord, one of their villains is a star fish...NUFF SAID

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