Think of Ultimate Marvel as DC Comics’ Earth Two where characters are taken into directions the regular universe cannot go. That is what Ultimate Marvel started with in 2000 with Ultimate Spider Man and Ultimate X-Men. 13 years later we have so much material and great stuff coming out of it (despite Jeph Loeb’s attempt to derail it from 2006-2009). And as much critics and stuff is being said about Ultimate Universe, nobody cannot deny it’s unique storytelling is influencing Marvel and beyond.
Without a doubt, THIS event is where Ultimate Universe deviated from the 616 (regular) universe. It showed us where this universe will go to show that things ARE different here. With the X-Men practically decimated and changed the way events are held. Sure people hate Loeb for Ultimatum but in the long run he liberated writers and established a golden rule : once dead, they stay dead. I’m a firm believer that comic books deaths have in the long run ruined events since we know they will not die or will be revived soon thereafter. NOT in the ULTIMATE UNIVERSE.
There is also a point of characters growing up and evolving. Whether good or bad, characters growing is always welcomed as they indicate that this world is never static. The most dramatic example of a character evolving to parallels never before is Ultimate Reed Richards.
Sure, he turned into a “villain”, but when you read his storyline, abandoned by the government after the Ultimatum Wave, abandoned by Sue Stormm and Ben Grimm, it’s hard not to feel sympathy for him. has he done horrible thing, yes. But he managed to prove that to save the world you need to be ready for anything. Not that I condone what he has done but I understand his mindset. Bullied by his father, other students and kids, and then Sue herself, I am not surprised he turned the way he did.
But now he’s part of the “Dark Ultimates” and he’s saving the world ( Ultimate Comics Ultimates #26).
Plus, no character is safe in this universe:
Death of Spider Man is one of those storylines that has left an incredible impact when it comes to the death of a superhero. Amazing Spider Man #700 suffered because Ultimate Spider Man #160 did such a superb job in describing Parker’s last moments among the living. PLus his successor Miles Morales is in many ways a better Spider Man than the “Superior” Spider Man of Dan Slott.
Plus his suit is cooler looking than the “Superior” counterpart.
So how is Ultimate Marvel Universe stealing the groove of Regular Marvel Universe?
1.Character likeness: Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury for starters. Regular Marvel Universe Nick Fury is white and yet for the movies, the animation (Avengers Assemble and Ultimate Spider Man TV SHOW) and the general consensus that Fury is a cool looking black dude that knows what’s going on.
2.Costume Design: Captain America’s outfit in the films and in the animation is based on what was done with THE ULTIMATES than the general Marvel comics.
3. The writers: When Ultimate Marvel started, you had Mark Millar, Brian Michael Bendis making a bolder take on the properties Marvel had and making them relevant as well as modernizing their origins. For a time, that pool of talent that infused Ultimate Marvel better were moved to the regular Marvel Universe while Jeph Loeb started to LOebtomize Ultimate Marvel.
4. Limited comics: Right now, Ultimate Marvel is limited to 3 ongoing comics: Ultimate Comics Spider Man, Ultimate Comics Ultimates and Ultimate Comics X-Men. There is the advantage that with only 3 currently running books, you can coordinate better the stories and create a more cohesive universe. With Brian Woods on UXM, Bendis on UCSM, and Josh Fialkov on Ultimates, it s clear that this universe is going to be shaken and give us stories to talk about for years.
I’m still a little skeptical about “Hunger” the new crossover between regular marvel and ultimate marvel ( the first one is Spider Men). A lot can go wrong and ruin this universe. But I still have a little hope that this storyline will be cool.
What you guys think? Stay gold and bang….till next time
YES the quote is from toonami ……please don’t sue