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The Ultimate Universe was one of Marvel Comics‘ biggest swings, and perhaps one of their biggest risks. The universe was created to deal with the continuity tangle that popular canon comics found themselves in at the turn of the century. Instead of reviving or piecing together their characters’ stories, Marvel Comics decided to create an alternate universe, Earth-1610, where they could essentially start from scratch with some of their best characters and release unique storylines outside of the canon already. settled.
The Ultimate Comics launched in 2000 and features some of the darkest, grittiest, and most explosive stories Marvel has ventured into so far. Thankfully, the risk paid off, as the Ultimate storylines proved to be a big hit for the franchise, and although the universe is now destroyed, it’s still home to some amazing character and plot twists that fans have come to learn. to enjoy.
So here’s how the Ultimate comics have portrayed some of your favorite Marvel characters.
Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat)
Kitty Pryde is one of the most beloved members of the X-Men, rising through the ranks to become the strong heroine we all love today. She’s appeared in several live-action adaptations of X-Men storylines and is a favorite to appear in future iterations, this time by the MCU. Ultimate Shadowcat is a whole other level of badassery though, having fought some pretty strong opponents including Deadpool and Galactus. Kitty’s responsibilities turn magnanimous when she must become Earth’s protector and stabilize human-mutant relations amid global chaos.
Hank Pym (Ant-Man)
A stark contrast to the adorable 616 character we all adore, Hank Pym in the Ultimate universe suffered from schizophrenia and was a terrible husband and abuser to his wife Janet. Their marriage fell apart because of this and Pym was dropped from the Ultimates team due to his unstable nature. He eventually joined the team under the guise of the Yellowjackets persona.
While we all know Steve Rogers as the noble Captain America of Earth-616, his Ultimate counterpart isn’t quite as wholesome. Steve Rogers on Earth-1610 is much more brash and less critical of the military he works for. He also leads this universe’s version of the Avengers, the Ultimates, and would later even become the President of the United States. Steve’s morality is less of a focus in the Ultimate comics, as he even kills his enemies when necessary and relies more on conservative American ideals.
Miles Morales as Spider-Man
Miles Morales is probably the biggest hit in the Ultimate universe, which is why Marvel comics decided to drag him into Earth-616 to join the main universe. He was introduced to the Ultimate universe after the death of Peter Parker and took on the mantle of Spider-Man. Although fans didn’t take him too well at first, Miles has become the standout character of the Ultimate universe, with the character leading his own games and movies, including Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. , Oscar winner.
In the Ultimate comics, Iron Man’s real name is Antonio Stark, not Anthony. The name change, however, is the least of the differences between the two versions of the character. While Earth-616’s Anthony Stark had to deal with a deadly shrapnel wedged in his chest, Antonio had far worse, as this version of Iron Man was battling a debilitating brain tumor that was inoperable. Realizing he wouldn’t survive the tumor was what drove him to become Iron Man, but not the nobleman we adore, but an alcoholic, feminist version.
Ultimate Thor is drastically different from 616 Thor, as that version of the god no longer has his powers. Due to some mind-blowing tricks from Loki, Thor finds himself on Earth with no memories or powers of his life in Asgard. He gains a new set of powers through technology and becomes one of the most powerful heroes in the Ultimate universe, all the while trying to figure out if he really is a Norse god of myth or just a mighty man with advanced technology.
Loki is much more powerful and leans more on his pure evil side than the playful, mischievous side we know and love. Loki worked in secret in the Ultimate universe to shape space and time according to his wishes. His cunning made Thor believe that he was not a god and that he was capable of deceiving world governments and rearranging the events of history to his liking. Ultimate Loki is one of the deadliest versions of Loki created in Marvel Comics.
The Mad Titan also got a facelift in the Ultimate comics. Instead of chasing the Infinity Stones, we see Thanos on a quest for the Cosmic Cube, a device that would boost his powers to unimaginable heights. Thanos in this universe is already significantly more powerful than the 616 version as he has psychic abilities, can read minds, and also has cosmic awareness which allows him to know what is going on throughout the universe.
Wolverine has always been a gritty and dark character, but the Ultimate comics took him to another level, making Logan one of the deadliest and toughest characters in the Ultimate universe. The Ultimate race started the characters younger than they were in Earth-616, so this Wolverine is less experienced, and a major difference between the two versions of the character is that the Ultimate version isn’t as strong as the 616 version, like adamantium is not as indestructible in this universe.
One of the most interesting changes the Ultimate comics made was making Peter Parker’s love interest, Gwen Stacy, the host of the evil symbiote, Carnage. Although they used a clone of Gwen and not the actual girl, the weight of Peter’s relationship with her as well as his relationship with Venom made it interesting to see Gwen wearing the symbiote.
The Fantastic Four played a huge role in most Ultimate Comics and Reed Richards was the most prominent member. Instead of being the weighted genius Mr. Fantastic, Reed is the evil villain, The Maker, in the Ultimate universe. The Maker’s life as Reed Richards begins similarly to the 616 version, but their paths diverged when the Maker began to believe the world was too imperfect to save and began to search for alternate realities. His success as a villain led Marvel creators to bring him to Earth-616 alongside Miles Morales.