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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. CMonocle
    March 5, 2010 at 11:52 am — Reply

    So is the Avengers expanding into some kind of network between all the super groups? Seems to be getting large. Maybe the whole thing is run by Steve Rogers?

    • March 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm — Reply

      When you put it like that, I automatically thought of the Justice League Unlimited and some of the older Justice League comics. Eveyone is a member at some level and can be called up as needed.

      Maybe they are trying to imply some sort of Avengers Social Network…? It used to feel like an ensemble story, but since Dissassemble the membership (for me at least)has just seemed very scatter shot.

  2. March 5, 2010 at 11:55 am — Reply

    FInally. FINALLY, Marvel has quelled my disappointment from 25 years ago, when the Thing started mutating again and didn’t show up for his initiation into the West Coast Avengers.

    • TaZ
      March 5, 2010 at 1:01 pm — Reply

      Since Reed and Sue were short-lived Avengers I guess The Human Torch is pissed….

  3. Eddie Sheridan
    March 5, 2010 at 12:19 pm — Reply


  4. Luke
    March 5, 2010 at 1:04 pm — Reply

    Well here we have a chance to be awesome. The thing has always been my favorite poorly written charcter. Hopefully he is given chance to shine that the charcter deserves. Bendis if you screw this up I will probably do nothing but be warned…

  5. March 5, 2010 at 1:06 pm — Reply

    I grew up in a time when The Thing was the 2nd most popular character at Marvel… I miss those days.

  6. Vistapa
    March 5, 2010 at 1:51 pm — Reply

    I’m in, the thing it’s my favorite character and it’s about time to give him more time on the spotlight, ‘cos when he is Well writen he can be awsome (matthew, Rodrigo, stepehn & spoilerites if i may ask, which are your favorite thing adventure?)

    • March 5, 2010 at 5:18 pm — Reply

      (matthew, Rodrigo, stepehn & spoilerites if i may ask, which are your favorite thing adventure?)

      Rocky Grimm, Space Ranger was pretty cool. The Project Pegasus saga was a whompin’ big adventure… But for me, it’s all about Fantastic Four #51, which is technically a Thing adventure without being a Ben Grimm adventure. The issue of MTIO where The Thing and the Sandman just sat and had a conversation over beers was excellent as well.

      • vistapa
        March 6, 2010 at 6:50 pm — Reply

        my favorite thing momento is that one issue when the FF fougth EGO the living plante and the onlu one able to stand in the end was Ben, that’s when i tiugth “man he IS as hard core as anyone in teh Marvel Universe”
        BTW i would like to suggest EGO the living planet VS. MOGO the green lantern planet (the REAL battel of the planets) for the poooooooll of the week

  7. matt cable
    March 5, 2010 at 2:04 pm — Reply

    Does this ‘promotion’ mean The Thing will have to become a secret/shadow/dark/whatever-ominous-adjective-fits Fantastic Four member too?

    Is Marvel trying to forge another Wolverine?

    • March 5, 2010 at 5:17 pm — Reply

      Is Marvel trying to forge another Wolverine?

      Feh… Ben Grimm was ubiquitous in the Marvel U. when Logan wasn’t much more than an evolved rodent gleam in Len Wein’s eye.

      Four words: Marvel Two-In-One.

      When you’ve teamed up with BLUE DIAMOND, Logan, you come back and talk to me about awesome. :)

  8. JKMD
    March 5, 2010 at 6:17 pm — Reply

    Totally dig it. Just wish he was on a team that I was a bit more interested in…

  9. Armaan
    March 5, 2010 at 11:56 pm — Reply

    The Thing is definitely a character that needs more spotlight, and a lot of good, focused writing. It will be really interesting to see him outside of his family, to see more of Ben Grimm.. that is, under some actual good writing.

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