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

Reports have the studio already planning to make threequels for "Thor" and "Captain America."

Feb 9, 2014 at 1:00PM

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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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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