Bleeding Cool always likes to keep an eye on trademark registrations. That's where we see, say, Mark Millar and Skottie Young applying for a trademark for their upcoming comic book Huck, well before any official announcement.
It;s also a way to keep an eye on publisher's upcoming plans, They don't apply for the official registration of trademarks for no reason. It can be a way to protect upcoming plans, or ward off potential legal challenges, or even make sure the comic book side stays in control of certain names that the movie side are looking to use.
Well, for whatever reason, Marvel have applied to register trademarks for the following names under the category of goods and services, comic books; printed periodicals in the field of comic book stories and artwork, for Northstar, Red Skull, Kingpin, Beast, Omega The Unknown and Werewolf By Night.
This might indicate new series for these characters. It could also mean they are likely to get multi-media attention in games, TV or film and so Marvel Characters is shoring them up, legally.
That would be the Alpha Flight and X-Men character Northstar. With Midnighter as the only comic with a titular gay lead character at DC, will he be joined by Northstar at Marvel?
Could Red Skull and Kingpin indicate new villainous titles, or presence in the Agent Carter and Daredevil TV shows?
Could Beast indicate another X-Men spin-off comic?
Does Omega The Unknown indicate another go at Steve Gerber's creation after that of Jonathan Lethem? And will Wereworlf By Night suggest a new horror line at Marvel?
All mostly-mindless speculation of course. But the previous trademark registrations from Marvel were Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok and Inhumans…