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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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  1. Navarre
    February 5, 2010 at 9:19 am — Reply

    At least this poster isn’t all Cap, Shellhead, Goldilocks, Spidey, and Wolverine.

  2. Carl
    February 5, 2010 at 9:26 am — Reply

    Wow, I hate Mockingbird’s costume. On the other hand, you can never go wrong with a gun toting gorilla.

    • Navarre
      February 5, 2010 at 10:58 am — Reply

      Yes, Mockingbird’s costume is atrocious.

      • astrodinosaurus
        February 5, 2010 at 11:17 am — Reply

        Agreed…but doesn’t Pym’s costume need an update even more. And while they are at it couldn’t they give the Doc a less ridiculous and better defined (more consistent) powerset. Sure Mockingbird is kinda Bland looking but Pym is an eyesore.

        • Carl
          February 5, 2010 at 12:22 pm — Reply

          Not having a consistent powerset, costume, or identity is pretty much his thing. So in a sense he’s consistent at being inconsistent.

          • astrodinosaurus
            February 5, 2010 at 12:44 pm — Reply

            Thou speaketh the truth.

  3. February 5, 2010 at 10:52 am — Reply

    Isn’t Hawkeye’s arrow on the wrong side of his bow?

    • Navarre
      February 5, 2010 at 10:58 am — Reply

      Hawkeye’s just that good.

    • Jacin B
      February 5, 2010 at 11:45 am — Reply

      Quoth Phineas: “Yes. Yes, it is.”

    • February 5, 2010 at 12:09 pm — Reply

      You can’t shoot like that, not even for a second…

      • Carl
        February 5, 2010 at 12:23 pm — Reply

        He’s the goddam Hawkeye!!

  4. OS Perry
    February 5, 2010 at 11:50 am — Reply

    Not a lineup that I’m interested in for the most part.

    And who is this Gorilla?

    • February 5, 2010 at 12:10 pm — Reply

      That’s Ken Hale, the Gorilla-Man from Agents of Atlas.

      • Joshua Smith
        February 5, 2010 at 12:19 pm — Reply

        Hell yes it is! If Gorilla-Man makes it into a key Avengers line up (can we say new Avengers West Coast!) Marvel will have bought my allegiance for the foreseeable future.

  5. Brother129
    February 5, 2010 at 12:18 pm — Reply

    Well at least my man Luke Cage will still be involved in some form. Nice to know they won’t be killing Mockingbird, contrary to what I heard on the internet….makes me wonder if they are going to resurrect the Avengers West Coast or The Defenders….

  6. Carl
    February 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm — Reply

    Hmm, Mockingbird and Black Widow. What do these two ladies have in common?

    • Carl
      February 5, 2010 at 12:26 pm — Reply

      Besides being Avengers and SHIELD Agents.

  7. February 5, 2010 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    Okay, at first, it seemed that the “Heroic Age” was kinda a company policy type declaration. A return to heroic heroes and dastardly villians and a less “leather is cool” story telling style. I was actually excited about that.

    But now it is starting to feel more and more like the next big instory event, and I am not .


  8. Rob
    February 5, 2010 at 1:36 pm — Reply

    Its such a heroic age that Black Widow still needs to blow people away with a handgun despite the fact her bracelets probably pack as much if not more firepower…without the side effect of killing everyone

  9. OS Perry
    February 5, 2010 at 1:53 pm — Reply

    I was thinking something a bit more… I don’t know different.

    Justice from the Initiative
    Ms. Marvel
    Power Man
    Quick Silver
    War Machine
    Jewel (because she is married to Luke)
    Han Pym Wasp

    Basically this is an interesting roster at least to me.

  10. ~wyntermute~
    February 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm — Reply

    Why does everybody think this has anything to do with Avengers? I presume “The Heroic Age” is going to be scattered across/over a bunch of titles, for maximum dollar-value, and so it could just be “Hey! These are some popular characters who’ll be Heroically Aged!” I mean, if this _was_ some sort of Avengers-related image, it would have a bunch of quasi-inspirational phrases splashed all over it. “I am a gorilla! I am an Avenger” “I am a strong, independant woman! I am an Avenger!” “I have red hair and a gun! I am an Avenger!”

  11. Navarre
    February 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm — Reply

    We are largely seeing the same set of characters each time though. And, since Dark Reign typified the darker age of Marvel and that was based around the Avengers, I do suspect we are seeing the new “heroic” Avengers here, with Cap/Thor/Iron Man part of this as well.

    Guess we’ll all find out together.

    • ~wyntermute~
      February 5, 2010 at 5:23 pm — Reply

      I just don’t see Ken Hale getting removed from the Atlas line-up and bumped to the Avengers…. Like, if he’s massively popular, and they want Agents of Atlas to remain a “viable commodity”, would they strip if of its greatest “asset”? Unless he’s gonna pull a Logan and exist in twelve different storylines simultaneously, but is Gorilla Man _that_ popular? (I know _I_ like him that much, and — historically speaking — my tastes differ from the “popular opinions”. Don’t think I’m knocking Ken. I’m not.)

  12. February 5, 2010 at 11:18 pm — Reply

    I’m sorry, but why can’t Marvel get some decent graphic designers?!? Their typography is really horrible. Honestly, this looks like a first-year design student put it together.

  13. Thelastavenger
    February 6, 2010 at 2:51 am — Reply

    i actually like mockingbird’s costume and i would love it if marvel brings back the west coast avengers(even if this is not the line-up).

  14. EO
    February 6, 2010 at 10:02 am — Reply

    I agree…this is not an ‘I am an Avenger’ poster, and Marvel is , bottom line, after the almighty dollar…so my guess is that this is a poster that covers various heroes from different titles (that we don’t know what titles, houses what characters yet, makes this artwork interesting).

    I feel like after what happened in Civil War, etc., the Heroic Age is probably pulling the heroes together, culminating in the statement “We are one! Love is a battlefield”. The main Avengers team could be where the heroes, representitive of various other teams (Agents of Atlas, X-men, Power Pack, etc.)come together, because the Avengers roster is going to be BIG now. The Heroic Age sounds like a unification project, considering the rift created by Civil War to Dark Reign.

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