Marvel has been previewing images for the return of old events coming back for the better part of two weeks now- but the image put out by Marvel today might be a whole different animal. It looks like in 2015, after fifteen years, the Ultimate Universe will be facing its end, in the aptly named Ultimate Universe: The End. The end of the Ultimate universe has been rumored now for several years, and it looks like it’s finally happening. Both All-New Ultimates and Ultimate FF are ending their runs, and only Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man remains as an ongoing series. Miles Morales has actually already crossed over into the mainstream 616 Marvel universe a few times, so is it possible that it will become his permanent residence if the Ultimate universe goes the way of the dinosaur?
Although the Ultimate Marvel universe has probably long since gone on past its expiration date, in many ways, in the early 2000’s it helped save Marvel and make them a viable company again. The late ’90s was not kind to Marvel as a company, as they faced creative stagnation and bankruptcy, and the Ultimate initiative gave readers a fresh modern versions of the biggest and most classic Marvel heroes, and was initially very successful. Brian Michael Bendis became a superstar writer with Ultimate Spider-Man, and Mark Millar’s Ultimate X-Men and The Ultimates helped make him a huge name as well. The new, modern versions of these concepts helped inspire the filmmakers who were making the Marvel films- Bryan Singer’s X2 borrows a lot from Ultimate X-Men, and so much of the aesthetic of The Avengers movie comes from Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch’s The Ultimates. Rumor has it that the Fantastic Four movie reboot next summer is almost totally based on Ultimate Fantastic Four. The Ultimate universe certainly made its mark on Marvel history.
In the meantime, check out the cover for the first issue below, as the surviving Ultimate heroes stare off into their impending doom.
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