The Next Billion-Dollar Marvel Movie Franchise Is Already in Development

The Marvel movie machine is on the move again, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video. How so? According to recent reports, Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS  ) has commissioned writers for Thor 3 and is in discussions about developing Captain America 3.

The timing couldn't be more interesting. First, Thor: The Dark World ended a 12-week run in theaters having earned more than $633 million at the worldwide box office. Not quite Man of Steel numbers, but also close enough for Marvel to hire  Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost to write a threequel.

Meanwhile, Variety reports that Marvel is in early talks with filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo to make a follow-up to April's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Test screenings have apparently performed well enough to get the studio interested. A fresh trailer aired during the Super Bowl had garnered nearly 11.5 million views on YouTube as of Friday afternoon.

Signs point to the film performing at least as well as The Dark World, which would put Cap on pace to be the third single-character Marvel Studios property to gross at least $1 billion at the worldwide box office. (Iron Man and Thor have already passed the threshold.)

Add it up, Tim says, and there's every reason to believe that Marvel Studios will continue to be a meaningful catalyst for Walt Disney stock in the years to come. Do you agree? What Marvel movie are you most excited for? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take and then leave a comment to let us know whether you would buy, sell, or short Disney stock at current prices.

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  • Report this Comment On February 09, 2014, at 3:29 PM, Mentallect wrote:

    There are so many Marvel characters worthy of a solo movie. The Hulk deserves a second chance too, but I am specifically talking about less known characters like Cable, Deadpool, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Prince Namor, and certainly another Wolverine.

  • Report this Comment On February 09, 2014, at 3:43 PM, Aoshi129 wrote:

    Ummm just to point out, 2nd paragraph should read $638M and Man of Steel only made $30M more, BUT was one week longer in movie theaters AND cost $55M more to make, so technically, Man of Steel wishes it had Thor Dark World numbers :-)

  • Report this Comment On February 09, 2014, at 4:46 PM, thesalawag wrote:

    I completely agree. As a fan of Marvel media (grew up on the X-Men, Spider-Man and Hulk cartoons and video games), and always loved the Marvel movies, I'm really impressed at how well they laid the groundwork for all of their characters to truly exist in a movie universe.

    What their doing resembles the Bond franchise in many ways, except we get to see the Marvel universe from the perspective of different characters. It's exciting from an audience perspective to watch the world-building expand and improve with each movie.

    They were smart and trusted the right people, people who had qualified success in the business as creative people, and their franchise-building really suits the source material they're drawing from. The movie universe is now parallel to the comic book universe, and its just great for audiences to have fun at the movies again.

    Marvel had a really great process, and a group of filmmakers and talented individuals who sincerely cared about their product and the fans. I hope DC can learn from this, rather than trying to jump the gun and rush projects to match Marvel's deliveries. Their insecure '90s attitude toward comic book movies is what keeps them from success.

  • Report this Comment On February 09, 2014, at 6:26 PM, Zonama3211 wrote:

    I will pay $634 million to see a Loki franchise.

    #happybirthdayhiddles

  • Report this Comment On February 09, 2014, at 7:21 PM, thantos665 wrote:

    All I can say is deadpool deadpool deadpool screw

    ben batman and the superman!!! We want deadpool

  • Report this Comment On February 09, 2014, at 9:39 PM, wiredhts wrote:

    All this had better be leading up to the infinity gauntlet story. The thanos quest is one of the best stories including crossovers from silver surfer leading up to it as well. And for the big bad final finale for this set of marvel movie runs, nothing could end it better. But they cannot cheese thanos, he is one intelligent, powerful, unstoppable and insane supreme villain of all time. It would have to be one big budget bad ass movie to do it justice.

  • Report this Comment On February 09, 2014, at 9:48 PM, glenns45 wrote:

    Investing in Disney, is a smart bet for long term buy and hold.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 8:33 AM, 3dpenguin wrote:

    Mentallect, the hulk got a second chance though better, that one bombed also.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 12:33 PM, PeterParker wrote:

    i wanna see planet hulk and world war hulk!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 2:49 PM, Trolljoe wrote:

    If Guardians of the Galaxy proves to be a hit, any title in their library can work. My only worry is a superhero burnout in the box office audience. Once a big budget film like Avengers 2 or 3 "jumps the shark" it could kill the gender. As for my comic to be turned into film by Marvel. It's a short list. She-Hulk, A Civil War story arc, New Warriors, and Damage Control. The dark side of my mind thinks maybe since Disney owns one character, and Marvel has the other. Maybe an combo of the two like a Howard the Duck film where he takes on the role of Darkwing Duck.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 3:52 PM, UncleRoy1 wrote:

    Gotta go with Sub-Mariner..... Atlantis would be great!

    But the, Dr. Strange has a good appeal.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 5:21 PM, JustAGuyNamedJoe wrote:

    So, Thor gets Loki for a villain. Batman/Superman gets Kid Luthor.

    LOL!

    Marvel has done everything right. DC wouldn't know "right" if it walked up and introduced itself.

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 7:37 PM, Drummer829 wrote:

    Thor the dark world had a little Easter egg with Muspelheim and someone said you can see surtur. That would be an amazing Thor 3 and could always add a little more to it as well

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 10:23 PM, nowandthenreader wrote:

    enough already.

    i'm tired of all these superhero movies.

    the well is drying up.

  • Report this Comment On February 11, 2014, at 12:17 AM, TheHeat wrote:

    "Thor: The Dark World ended a 12-week run in theaters having earned more than $633 million at the worldwide box office. Not quite Man of Steel numbers..."

    Thor: TDW currently has $638M worldwide, which is only $30M behind MOS. It was just recently released in Japan last week. By the time it finishes its run, Thor 2 will end up around $650M, which is around MOS' numbers. Not bad for a B-list superhero.

  • Report this Comment On February 11, 2014, at 1:22 AM, spydi wrote:

    Dear Sir,

    Please put something in your short boxes. I can clearly see they are just props.

  • Report this Comment On February 11, 2014, at 4:19 AM, jjdjdj wrote:

    @Mentallect Fox owns Cable,Deadpool and Wolverine. Universal owns Namor

  • Report this Comment On February 11, 2014, at 9:51 AM, TMFMileHigh wrote:

    @spydi,

    >>Please put something in your short boxes. I can clearly see they are just props.

    They're not props, just the lightest ones since I frequently change backgrounds for video. For the rest of the collection:

    https://twitter.com/milehighfool/status/433232190764089344

    FWIW and Foolish best,

    Tim

    --

    TMFMileHigh in CAPS and on the boards

    @milehighfool on Twitter

    http://about.me/timbeyers

    http://timbeyers.me

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