Of all the brands Walt Disney owns, none has proved so successful as Marvel Entertainment's various superheroes. So why does it seem that few believe next summer's Guardians of the Galaxy can be the next great Marvel movie?

"Days of Future Past should pan out since it's a storyline from the '80s, but Guardians were never a hallmark franchise in the comics, so how can they logically expect a return for something that was never that popular to begin with?" wrote Foolish commenter misterfrost recently, referring to 21st Century Fox's forthcoming sequel to X-Men: First Class.

Guardians may not be an A-list franchise or even a C-list franchise, but it is an interesting mix of characters that under the guidance of director James Gunn could result in a potent Marvel movie. The following slideshow has more on how Guardians will expand Marvel's mighty cinematic universe.


Meanwhile, Disney's Marvel movie franchise isn't the only way to cash in on rising interest in comic book films. Fox, with Days of Future Past and other planned films starring the X-Men, is another. Want even more ideas? Our analysts lay out the risks and opportunities in a new special report titled "Your Ticket to Cash In on the Superhero Battle of the Century." The research is free -- just click here to get your copy now.

The article This Marvel Movie Has "Winner" Written All Over It originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Tim Beyers is a member of the  Motley Fool Rule Breakers stock-picking team and the Motley Fool Supernova Odyssey I mission. He owned shares of Walt Disney at the time of publication. Check out Tim's Web home and portfolio holdings, or connect with him on Google+Tumblr, or Twitter, where he goes by @milehighfool. You can also get his insights delivered directly to your RSS reader.The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Walt Disney. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. 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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