Shares of Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) aren't rallying as much anymore. The stock is up 18% over the past year -- good, but only a marginal beat of the S&P 500's 15% gain over the same period. Have investors lost faith? Because if so, that would be a mistake. The Marvel movie machine isn't even close to revving at capacity.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. should kick the franchise into high gear when it makes its debut on Sept. 24 on Disney's ABC television network. The following slideshow gives fans and investors a taste of what to expect, and explains why the Marvel movie opportunity is still so huge.

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