Multiple Man, first appearing with the X-Men in various comics and spinoffs, has the superpower of generating multiple versions of himself through kinetic energy.There have been recent discussions on whether or not the character will get his own feature film from Fox. If this is the case, it's rumored that actor James Franco will portray the superhero.
The trademark doesn't guarantee an upcoming comic. However, it did contain a long list of publishing and merchandising-related items:
"Education and entertainment services: Paper and paper articles; cardboard and cardboard articles; printed matter; publications; books; photographs; portraits; paintings; photo-engravings; stationery; office and school supplies; school supply kits; temporary tattoo transfers; foam stamps; party bags; plastic sandwich bags; shopping bags"
It sounds like they're preparing for an upcoming movie announcement to me, with all the merchandising listed out in the trademark. If not, then Marvel has at least left themselves open to the possibility of pretty much anything with the character.
James Madrox, Multiple Man's true identity, was created by the late writer and editor Len Wein. He's a mutant who can create duplicates of himself and first appeared in Giant-Size Fantastic Four #4 in February 1975. Multiple Man was mainly a supporting character for many years until his appearance in the 1987 miniseries Fallen Angels. He made another appearance after at the end of the first X-Factor comic in the '90's and made his way into the Old Man Hawkeye comic book, portrayed as a future version of himself.
We'll keep an eye out for any new developments on this character!
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