Is "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Marvel's Hero for Disney?

Is "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Marvel's Hero for Disney?

After a super-powered debut, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. suffered weaker ratings in its second episode. Walt Disney investors shouldn't worry about the drop, says Fool contributor Tim Beyers in the following video interview with the Fool's Mike Finarelli.

Last Tuesday's episode drew 8.4 million viewers in an episode that featured a cameo from Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury. Fans will remember him from last summer's The Avengers, among other Marvel movies.

Yet even with him the show's ratings fell 34% from its debut, no doubt thanks to the strength of CBS hit NCIS. The Navy drama drew 19.3 million viewers. More important than the gulf, Tim says, is Jackson's on-air appearance, which suggests Disney is giving Marvel space to be, well, Marvel.

Tim expects fans to tune in so long as that remains true. And over the long term? What can Disney investors expect from Marvel and related properties in the years to come? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take, and then leave a comment to let us know where you stand.

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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.Michael Finarelli has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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