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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. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...

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    • Exactly what I was thinking, but I’m not exactly in-touch with Marvel’s Spaceverse Heroes. Maybe he’s a herald of Galactus?

  1. Eric (CMonocle) on

    I don’t think Thor is going to die. Maybe a falling out with Odin leads to him losing his position as the God of Thunder?

  2. It’s not like Thor hasn’t died or lost the spot (officially or unofficially) as the God of Thunder before… I’m a little annoyed if they kill him off. I know Marvel is all about killing people off right now but they should be killing off the lowbie characters that no one cares about instead of one that we know will be returning.

    Maybe Marvel will stick to their guns. I’d like to see them follow suit on the Ultimate universe and have people who die… die.

      • “Killing off lowbies” smacks of “stunt-death” that nobody would care about (not that these big-name deaths are really good at making people care either), or -at worst- be accused of “women in fridge” syndrome. Comic books should be semi-realistic, and in semi-reality Big Name People die. They often come back too, but that’s the problem with semi-realism. :D In our world, Michael Jackson won’t be coming back. In the Marvel U, he’d be a member of the Avengers right now, code-named “Moonwalker”, and working on his comeback album.

      • I completely understand that point, when a big teir character dies you know they’ll be back and it probably won’t even be a great story. BUT, for my tastes, I’d rather instead of kill off some underused character, I really like when they take a low-class character and build them up and turn them into a more interesting character. I thought that Annihilation did a great job of that, giving me a bunch of characters I didn’t know about and making them very interesting. Plus I think it’s harder (but with better payoff) to build up a nobody character than to simply kill off one for “dramatic” effect.

  3. Yes, so this is how Loki gets around that pesky prophecy that had Thor (it actually says God of thunder) dying after taking 9 steps and defeating the Serpent. The only part I read of Fear Itself is Journey into Mystery, Loki is my favored deity in the Marvel universe and the new Loki playing on words and transferring the mantle of the God of thunder to someone else after Thor beats the serpent to save him fits nicely.

  4. eclecticcomics on

    What ever happened to the days when there was 1 Hulk, 1 Thor, 1 Spider-Man etc. All these different versions are are a waste of the peoples money and time. Seems like comics have become gimmicks to make more money!

    • And those kids need to get offa my lawn too!!!!! (Sorry, but you do kinda come off as a cranky-old-man here…) On a more serious note, when have comics ever been intended NOT to make money? The only reason they stayed cheap (10/25/75 cents) for so long is that the companies didn’t realize that we’d pay 2.50 for pulpies, providing they are produced on shiny paper with variant covers. The Publishing Industry has -never- been working for charity, the collective betterment of mankind, or any other lofty notions. It’s about “making money while entertaining people, or at least we hope they’re entertained.”

  5. Wikipedia tells me that “Tanarus: another name for the Celtic god of thunder Taranis”. So…. Looks like we’re getting a “new character”? MILES MORALES FEVER~!!!!!!!!

      • Actually, Supergirl used to have a kitty Pre-Crisis. I believe “Streaky” was its name? I’m too lazy to check wiki right now, though. You’re almost inviting them to bring it back! ^_^

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