Marvel Merges ULTIMATE and 616 Universes
Following months of rumours, Marvel finally pulls the trigger
Secret Wars, art by Alex Ross
We’ve assumed for months now that Marvel’s Ultimate line of books, currently being held together by only Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, would be getting either removed entirely from Marvel’s continuity or be merged into the main universe as a result of Jonathan Hickman’s world shattering Avengers/New Avengers/Secret Wars event.
As of today, following Marvel’s Secret Wars press event, we now know that the entire Marvel universe will be fundamentally changed resulting in the Ultimate universe ceasing to exist. Presumably, Morales will be making the jump but what of the remaining characters? Will the Ultimate version of Gwen Stacy, who was killed in the 616 (mainstream) universe by writer Gerry Conway in 1973 but lives on in the Ultimate universe, be joining the main Marvel continuity? What about the Ultimate evil Reed Richards? Seems like a bit of a waste to let such a strong character simply vanish.
We’ll have to wait until May to see who makes it out alive. More importantly, if an announcement of this magnitude was made before the Secret Wars event even begins, what could Marvel have up their sleeve for the conclusion?
Secret Wars kicks off with issue #0, which will be released during this year’s Free Comic Book Day in May.