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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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20 Comments

  1. astrodinosaurus
    January 8, 2010 at 2:02 pm — Reply

    I see Marvel has a new marketing trick..so how many times will this image be posted on the site?

  2. January 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm — Reply

    probably until everything is revealed. It really isn’t a new marketing trick, they were doing the same thing leading up to secret invasion with the whole “Whom do you trust” schtick.

  3. morpheus
    January 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm — Reply

    I know people thought that it was going to be Mimic but I am not seeing it.

  4. January 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm — Reply

    I’ve not read ultimatum yet as I can only see the hardcover in bookshops in the UK but did nightcrawler die as I reckon he’ll be in that picture.

    • astrodinosaurus
      January 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm — Reply

      I see the tail and elf-fingers to.

      • Jacin B
        January 8, 2010 at 2:56 pm — Reply

        I’m not seeing what you see, but I do see Pheonix.

        • astrodinosaurus
          January 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm — Reply

          Not the flaming figure but the one to the right.

          • Jacin B
            January 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm — Reply

            Yep, there’s where I’m seeing Pheonix. Next to where you’re seeing fingers (I think), I’m seeing the Pheonix’s head, which is looking to the left with the beak just visible under that flame trail. Her wings extend behind the girl in the jacket and off page to the right. What you’re seeing as Nightcrawler’s tail (I think, sans arrowhead-like tip) could be her belt.

            I don’t know who the flaming figure would be then, though …

    • khellendro
      January 8, 2010 at 7:52 pm — Reply

      Nightcrawler died when the huge wave hit New York.

  5. Navarre
    January 8, 2010 at 2:46 pm — Reply

    It’s Mimic and Rachel Leigh Cook with extensions. It all makes sense.

  6. Salieri
    January 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm — Reply

    Well, I still care much less than I understand…

  7. ~wyntermute~
    January 8, 2010 at 3:27 pm — Reply

    Ultimate X wrestling matches usually have 3 or more participants, so this makes total sense. It’s an intergender Mutant Championship Wrestling comic? (I’m trying to keep the ‘wrestling joke’ alive, even though I can’t take credit for the original idea. ^_^)

  8. Navarre
    January 8, 2010 at 3:54 pm — Reply

    I wonder what Marvel development meetings are like. I imagine a room full of people, brainstorming on how to involve Wolverine or a Wolverine-like character into the story.

    I suspect somewhere on the wall is a large poster of Wolverine with a reminder: “Notice to All Employees: This is our poster-boy. Make it happen, bub!”

    They still talk sometimes about that guy who works in the mailroom now; the creative one who went rogue and tried to develop a story that was simply good, regardless of who was on the cover.

    • January 9, 2010 at 9:55 am — Reply

      More like “This is the new franchise. All others must bow down to him.”

  9. Seneca
    January 8, 2010 at 11:54 pm — Reply

    Thats not a tail its a loose belt like on a trench coat. Money is on a wolvie/captain A clone instead of mimic.

    • astrodinosaurus
      January 9, 2010 at 4:34 am — Reply

      Makes sense since I am not to familiar with the Ultimate universe.

      @Jacin
      Whos the flaming figure?

  10. Zory
    January 9, 2010 at 12:13 am — Reply

    199foooourrrr!!!!!!!

  11. Ryan
    January 9, 2010 at 6:58 am — Reply

    The flaming figure is probably Liz Allen aka Firestar. The figure on the right is probably Ultimate Mimic. I don’t think it’s a tail in the shadow it looks like he is wearing a monk robe and it’s a rope belt of some sorts.

    • January 9, 2010 at 9:48 am — Reply

      The flaming figure is probably Liz Allen aka Firestar. The figure on the right is probably Ultimate Mimic. I don’t think it’s a tail in the shadow it looks like he is wearing a monk robe and it’s a rope belt of some sorts.

      Is there an Ultimate Pete Wisdom?

  12. January 9, 2010 at 10:00 am — Reply

    You know, I’m going to constructive and say that the blond p.p /w claws is Wildchild of Alpha Strike and Weapon X fame.

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