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Norman Osborn

Norman Osborn/Green Goblin: For being the one-time government bigwig in charge of all things superheroes, Norman Osborn keeps an awfully low profile. After he was deposed in the pages of Siege, Osborn’s appearances in the Marvel Universe, as himself or as the Green Goblin, have been sparse, relegated primarily to that great Osborn miniseries. In his absence, Doctor Octopus has put in a firm challenge to supplant Osborn as the wall-crawler’s No. 1 foe with the whole body-snatching thing, but I can’t wait to see what Norman thinks of that.

Ghost Rider

Ghost Rider: He’s one of Marvel’s most recognizable heroes, but also one that’s proved difficult for the publisher to integrate into its plans. (Man, imagine what Ghost Rider would have done in Avengers Vs. X-Men!) Instead, the Spirit of Vengeance, whether  Blaze, Ketch or Alejandra, has been a ghost lately. Much like the Punisher, Ghost Rider’s a hard nut to crack — but there’s bound to be a way to make him work in Marvel NOW!


Marvelman/Miracleman: No matter what you call him, Micky Moran has been a no-show since Marvel announced in July 2009 that it had acquired the rights to the character. But now, nearly four years later, we’re still waiting to see Marvelman in one of the publisher’s comics. Some people thought he might appear in Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers run, but it looks to be the New Universe instead. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but imagine Marvel NOW! turning into Marvelman NOW!

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Green Goblin made an appearance on the last page of the latest issue of Superior Spider-Man.

Ghost Rider is the one I’m most disappointed about.

War Machine is rumored to be the new Iron Patriot over in Secret Avengers. Osborn will be in Superior Spider-man. Nick Fury is currently appearing in Winter Soldier, basically as Bucky’s handler.

I’m surprised Doctor Doom hasn’t made the list. Where’s he been at, dawg?

Simon DelMonte

March 8, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I’m close to giving up hope that Marvelman will ever return in any way, shape or form.

surprised moon knight went mia given how he was part of the avengers during avsx also along with ghost rider though maybe marvel is waiting till they can decide who ghost rider is once and for all. as for miracle man think that is due to marvel having to stil having to finish going through the red tape before the character finaly appears once and for all for good.

Jim K.: Thanks for the update. I missed that one.

David: Doctor Doom showed up briefly in the Marvel NOW Point One. Blink and you’ll miss it, but he’s there. He was on the original list.

I don’t know…there’s that pretty big Infinity story coming up…that could be the perfect place to launch Miracleman…

Ummm… Moon Knight isn’t MIA. He’s involved with the Age of Ultron storyline. And they’ve already said that Norman Osborn is going to be appearing in Superior Spider-Man.

HATEHATEHATE the multiple pages thing. The RSS feed only gets the first page.

That there is not an ongoing S.H.I.E.L.D. series is a crime. I guess Secret Avengers is/will be close?

Rhodey was also in the Iron Man suit for a good portion of the last arc or two of Fraction’s “Invincible Iron Man.” He’s only been gone, what, a few months?

No Pym? Has me worried for AofU
No Quicksilver? Probably the most criminally underused character, after Black knight (who is also missing)
I know Vision appeared in Assemble Annual, but he needs a real role.

Iron Fist and Cage too

Has Silver Surfer showed up yet in Marvel Now? I’d like to see him get another shot at an ongoing…

Rollo Tomassi

March 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm

You know who else is missing from Marvel NOW?

Wally West.

What’s up with that, Marvel?!? Huh!? HUH!???!?

I’d also say Captain Britain is missing. He went from being in the Secret Avengers to being nowhere at all. What’s up with that?

Mysterious Stranger

March 9, 2013 at 7:46 am

This multiple pages crap on both this and the CSBG blog is nothing but a blatant cash grab to get additional ad views. That’s why I’m no longer reading those two sections of the site. If this practice finds it’s way to the main site then I’ll be done with CBR for good.

Captain Britain: Just showed up in Avengers Arena.
Silver Surfer: You’re right, this is a big miss for me. his last appearance as the pre Marvel NOW! (Marvel THEN?) Defenders #12.
Hank Pym: Was in February’s Avenging Spider-Man #17.
Quicksilver: He appeared in the recent Vision-centric AVENGERS ASSEMBLE ANNUAL #1.
Black Knight: He was in GAMBIT #7, but sadly sadly underused since his last team book.

Jake Earlewine

March 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Yeah, the multiple pages thing sucks.

Regarding the article, I never liked Ghost Rider one bit, and wish he’d disappear forever. But there are a lot of characters I feel that way about. I much prefer the original Ghost Rider — the cowboy character.

I also have feelings of disgust for Thunderstrike, War Machine, black Nick Fury, Scarlet Spider, Spider-Woman, She-Hulk and every other watered down imitation of an original character. Who needs them, when we still have the original?

I don’t mind the multiple pages, but I follow this site in a feed reader (Bloglines) that shows only the first page of content and NO indication that there’s anything more. No “read more” links or anything. Could you add them to the feed content, please?

It’s a shame Moon Knight is currently down the tubes… The guy blew open the current case of the Ultron almost entirely on his own, and now he’s out of the picture.

I’d love to see more UK-centric heroes jump out… years ago, Captain America partnered with Union Jack for a few issues.

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