A long time ago Marvel Comics created a whole universe to basically reboot all of their characters and give new and younger readers a sort of ground-zero to begin from. The project was actually called Ground Zero for a time but ultimately (lol) the new imprint would become the Ultimate Universe starting with Ultimate Spider-Man. The main goal was to reenergize the comics community with younger readers who may have had trouble following the decades of character and world building. Additionally, building a brand new world with new takes on classic characters gave longtime fans a chance to relive the feelings of discovery.
The Ultimate Universe basically came to an end during 2015’s Secret Wars (not to be confused with the 1984 series by the same name) when all of the multiverses converged and a new Battleworld was created with Doctor Doom as its god. That series ended with heroes from the Ultimate Universe teaming up with heroes from the main continuity (616) to fight Doom, and Reed Richards used the Molecule Man and his son Franklin Richards to reshape the universe(s) into something more similar to the original 616 worlds. However, many of the Ultimate characters were left existing with their 616 counterparts.
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This was billed as a permanent change but, like all things in comics, it wasn’t. There have been signs that the multiverse is strong and thriving in the Marvel comics but the Ultimate Universe itself hasn’t really been confirmed to still exist (other than a brief moment in Spider-Men II) as a whole, until now. Miles Morales: Spider-Man writer Saladin Ahmed recently spoke with Newsarama and had this to say:
“Without getting into too much detail, the Ultimate Universe returns in a big way with Miles Morales: Spider-Man #10. And Miles is finally going to start to reckon with the weird history he has, coming from another dimension,” Ahmed continued. “On the cover we see the Ultimate Green Goblin, a.k.a. Norman Osborn, in his monstrous form… but there’s a force behind him that we only know as Ultimatum.”
I haven’t been a heavy Marvel reader for some time. I currently only read two of their “cape” books (Moon Knight and Doctor Strange) but I try to keep tabs on the rest. I didn’t mind the idea of creating one universe for all of the characters, but everything is so convoluted that a separation may be a good thing. I miss reading many Marvel books, but the stories just haven’t been tickling my comic spot in a long time. Maybe they should restore the previous status quo of a vast multiverse that has universes interacting less often. While I wasn’t a fan of the Ultimate books in general, Mark Millar’s Ultimates and Ultimates 2 were FREAKING AMAZING!!!
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