1 Way ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Is Changing Marvel’s Business

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is aiming for a new April box office record. Credit: Marvel Entertainment.

Warning! Spoilers ahead!

A mid-movie scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier gives clues to what Walt Disney's (NYSE: DIS  ) Marvel Studios has planned at the cinema. Fool contributor Tim Beyers explains the reveal, and what it means, in the following video. (Leave now if you're aiming to avoid spoilers!)

Thus far, Marvel has been cagey about its plans for future movies. We know that Guardians of the Galaxy is due on Aug. 1, followed by Avengers: Age of Ultron next May and then Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, with three more scheduled but untitled Marvel movies to follow in 2016 and 2017.

A mid-movie reveal in Captain America: The Winter Soldier suggests at least one of those pictures is going to introduce fans and investors to Dr. Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth in Marvel's comic book universe.

Specifically, one of the film's many antagonists speaks of the need to pre-emptively eliminate emerging threats such as "Stephen Strange," the civilian name of the surgeon-turned-mystic. The implication, Tim says, is that we'll see Marvel bring the character to life on the big screen soon. Scheduling details could come by San Diego Comic-Con or before.

For Marvel's business, adding Dr. Strange is important for expanding the range of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Think of it as akin to the heroes headed for Netflix or Guardians of the Galaxy. What those properties do for expanding the street-level and cosmic elements of the Marvel universe, Dr. Strange could open portals to the mystical dimensions that -- for now -- remain confined to the comic books.

Do you agree? Have you seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier? If so, how do you expect the revelations within to impact Marvel's business? Please leave a comment to let us know what you think, including whether you would buy, sell, or short Disney stock at current prices.

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  • Report this Comment On April 08, 2014, at 3:27 PM, dopplegager wrote:

    Click bait.

  • Report this Comment On April 08, 2014, at 5:30 PM, captdeckr wrote:

    I think Marvel is moving to fast by introducing so many character.and making movies for them.

  • Report this Comment On April 08, 2014, at 9:43 PM, Mentallect wrote:

    I noticed the reference to Stephen Strange in the movie as well. I do agree that he can open portals, but so can the Scarlett Witch and Thanos. The advantage of Strange is he can do a major stand a lone movie if written correctly.

  • Report this Comment On April 09, 2014, at 9:40 AM, justapilgrim wrote:

    I disagree that they are adding too many characters too quickly. They don't need to have a movie for EVERY character with extensive background fleshed out like they did for Iron Man, Thor, Cap, etc. They can work these characters backgrounds into the existing story line with references and cameos to existing planned movies and Agents of Shield. Hawkeye and Black Widow both benefited from this type of character creation. I think we will definitely see the Dr. Strange character fleshed out in GotG, there's just too much potential for them to NOT.

    I just wish the fans would get together and boycott Sony and Fox's Marvel films and force them to turn the rights back to Disney/Marvel. Their films are subpar garbage compared to what Disney/Marvel have been churning out.

  • Report this Comment On April 09, 2014, at 10:47 AM, chuchuvonhilir wrote:

    They are not rushing film as we may think. The movie business and comic book business are strikingly similar. Disney knows that they have a limited time to capitalize on the popularity and genuine interest in these characters. So they will keep introducing new characters to dilute the action movie industry to give us years to demand another sequel to an older franchise. Think about: how they wait 5-10 years for star wars sequels or prequels,endless batman ,superman,spiderman reboots? All in all eventually our interest in comic book characters will fade as it did with comic books. Besides..there is not enough money to be made in disney stock. Now taking options on the WWE Network....That is where the best entertainment based money will be had by the investors.

  • Report this Comment On April 09, 2014, at 12:59 PM, hectoruno wrote:

    You needed to invest in Disney back in the Michael Eisner early days. When Disney was thinking of selling everything off but the parks would have been the time to put in money. When Marvel was facing bankruptcy would have a good time to invest in them.

  • Report this Comment On April 09, 2014, at 1:08 PM, hectoruno wrote:

    The writers said they put every name they could think of in that scene. They then took out the ones that they didn't want. I don't think this is proof of a Doc Strange movie.

  • Report this Comment On April 10, 2014, at 12:13 AM, PAJohnDoe wrote:

    I actually think that a Cap movie would be a great place to reintroduce Frank Castle, as when the two have run into each other, he's always been written as being kind of the same guy, but from a different war. Hmmmm, maybe Castle encountered the Winter Soldier at some point. Winter Soldier can be Disney Marvel's version of Wolverine in a way, the guy that's been around forever that's likely crossed paths with everyone at some point or another.

  • Report this Comment On April 10, 2014, at 10:45 AM, TMFMileHigh wrote:

    @PAJohnDoe,

    Good to see you again.

    >>I actually think that a Cap movie would be a great place to reintroduce Frank Castle, as when the two have run into each other, he's always been written as being kind of the same guy, but from a different war.

    What I like most about that idea: It makes an easy to introduce the Punisher to a wider audience (in the confines of a PG-13 film) while still preserving the option to do the character "right" -- on Netflix, in an R-rated film -- in terms of individual development.

    FWIW and Foolish best,

    Tim

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  • Report this Comment On April 10, 2014, at 10:48 AM, TMFMileHigh wrote:

    @hectoruno,

    Good to see you again.

    >>The writers said they put every name they could think of in that scene. They then took out the ones that they didn't want. I don't think this is proof of a Doc Strange movie.

    Were that the only reference, you'd be 100% right. But as I point out in the video and the article, we've seen this sort of arm-waving from Marvel before.

    Foolish best,

    Tim

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