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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. Salieri
    February 8, 2010 at 11:44 am — Reply

    Bit of an idiotic tagline, when you think about it, as it’s been stated over and over again that, in terms of crime, focusing on preventing the problem from happening is way more effective than coming up with a solution.

  2. Salieri
    February 8, 2010 at 11:46 am — Reply

    Also: I’m guessing it’s The Beast.

  3. Alvarlux
    February 8, 2010 at 11:53 am — Reply

    Guess: Noh-varr

    • Isolator
      February 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm — Reply

      Black Panther? Beast sounds most likely…

  4. February 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm — Reply

    Maybe I’m just crazy, but at first glance I thought that this guy had a hot dog for a head.

  5. Gibralter
    February 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm — Reply


  6. HoTTeR
    February 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm — Reply

    hitman monkey :D

  7. Carl
    February 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm — Reply

    It’s a very Spider-Man-ish pose, but the tagline doesn’t fit Spidey at all. Old Peter pretty much focuses on the problem until he gets annoying.

    I’ll go with The Beast, since the hands look big and we’ve seen that image where it looks like he’s going back to his more ape-like look.

    • Baron of chaos
      February 9, 2010 at 1:41 pm — Reply

      I hope not…Is that I’m not much a fan of apes or primates in general…for a chidlish trauma I got. STUPID MONKEYS I HOPE TO LIVE TO SEE YOU END UP LIKE THE DODO!!…errh sorry…I don’t like apes and monkeys…at all.

  8. Carl
    February 8, 2010 at 1:56 pm — Reply

    I’m just hoping this won’t be another of those “pro-active” hero teams. Those never work out very well.

  9. TaZ
    February 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm — Reply

    The folks over at Comic Book Resources were going with Spiderman but I’m going to go with the majority of the sages here and say Beast. Kinda confusing though to go from four Avengers books (Mighty, New, Dark and Initiative) to one and now to two. The other question is how the hell do you keep a secret in the Marvel U?

  10. TheTaken
    February 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm — Reply

    Newsarama sez its a whole new Avengers title – “secret avengers” with Bru and Deodato at the helm. A whole team of black silhouette wearing revenge minded super-humans, yeah? In the age of heroes, we need a team of secret heroes!

  11. Bob
    February 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm — Reply

    Ignoring the image and based on the tagline, I’m going with one of my all time favorite characters, Fixer!

  12. February 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm — Reply


  13. Rome
    February 8, 2010 at 4:42 pm — Reply

    I was thinking about that Gorilla guy from Agents of Atlas. He’s been in a lot of teaser images lately.

  14. February 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm — Reply

    I can’t be the only one seeing what i think i’m seeing am i? Because that sure looks like a penis between the legs.

  15. Brother129
    February 8, 2010 at 6:13 pm — Reply

    Judging from the responses, I’m going to go with Rorschasch:)

  16. February 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm — Reply

    It’s Wolverine with his claws retracted. ;p

  17. Rowan
    February 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm — Reply

    It’s Dr.Voodoo or The Hood

  18. Robbie
    February 8, 2010 at 8:01 pm — Reply

    I see a Venom symbiote in there….

  19. TheTaken
    February 8, 2010 at 8:47 pm — Reply


  20. astrodinosaurus
    February 8, 2010 at 10:10 pm — Reply

    Bruce Banner IS Smart-Hulk with a symbiote O__o OMFG

    • Jacin B
      February 9, 2010 at 9:04 am — Reply

      Bruce Banner as Green Hulk with a Red Lantern ring!

  21. Thelastavenger
    February 8, 2010 at 11:53 pm — Reply

    who says its a group of heroes? in “The Heroic Age” who needs to operate in secret: villains!

  22. astrodinosaurus
    February 9, 2010 at 1:23 am — Reply

    Wait is that more than one character?

    • astrodinosaurus
      February 9, 2010 at 2:10 am — Reply

      Nah just a jacket…

  23. Kirtley
    February 9, 2010 at 4:11 am — Reply

    I’m gonna guess, Copperhead!

  24. February 9, 2010 at 9:36 am — Reply

    I clearly see the outline of a great hero of days past…

    The man called…



    (Look close, it’s there…)

  25. ~wyntermute~
    February 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm — Reply

    Komodo? She’s got “black ops” experience, she’s Avengers: Initiative, and she’s… Um… That’s all I got.

    • Damascus
      February 11, 2010 at 4:10 am — Reply

      I’m thinking the image is a little big to be Komodo, but I do really like that character so I’d be all for it. I bought all the Initiative stuff out and didn’t really like where they went with it, but I did like a lot of the characters introduced. Maybe I’m just a sucker for newer younger heroes coming up to the forefront.

      • ~wyntermute~
        February 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm — Reply

        It’s an EXTREME CLOSE-UP!!! :D Maybe?

  26. Mijder
    February 12, 2010 at 11:53 am — Reply

    Black Panther or Beast. With the seeming possible Defenders reunion of the other ones I am leaning towards Beast.

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