The Ultimate Universe returns with Ultimate Invasion series with Jonathan Hickman and Bryan Hitch
Marvel and Entertainment Weekly has announced Ultimate Invasion which brings back the Ultimate Universe with writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Bryan Hitch!
According to the report, the main characters for this story would be Spider-Man Miles Morales and the evil Reed Richards The Maker plus the return of the Illuminati, a concept created by Brian Michael Bendis and expanded further by Hickman during his Avengers run.
Hickman tells EW:
I think it’s fair to say that both Bryan and I have already put in our time doing Ultimate books, so when Marvel laid this project in front of us, we both knew there needed to be a good reason to revisit the idea of ‘Ultimate Comics’ beyond telling a cool story or just getting to work together, which is something we’ve been trying to do for years. So with that in mind, it couldn’t be replicating or revisiting what Bryan did in the original Ultimates — creating a streamlined, modernized version that would eventually become the spine of the MCU — and it certainly couldn’t be what I did, which was a final chapter of a pre-existing universe.
we also thought the very idea of Ultimate Comics needed to be inverted from what the original universe was. We wanted this to be something that could really only exist in the comic space: A new way of thinking about, and enjoying, a new version of the Marvel Universe. I’m pretty happy to say that it feels like we’ve accomplished those things and we’re very excited for everyone to get to read it.
Bryan Hitch adds:
It’s been more than 20 years since I started work on The Ultimates, a project that would have a big impact on my own career and beyond, so when Marvel came to me with the idea of revisiting the Ultimate Universe with the man who so brilliantly and spectacularly destroyed the last one, I was both feet in! Jonathan is a terrific writer of big, sprawling epics and we’ve talked about working together more than once so for this new Ultimate Universe adventure to unite us is very exciting. I get to bring two decades of new experience as an artist and storyteller to this. It’s new, different and familiar. It’s big budget, high-concept, widescreen storytelling. I feel right at home.
Marvel even gave EW some preview pages you can check out below:
It also looks like Maker and Miles Morales are catching up again after their brief meeting during Absolute Carnage. Alas we do not get to read what they are talking about but this is definitely something about their original universe.
And the money shot for me is seeing the Illuminati attacking The Maker with the original lineup no less.
Fans are also pointing out to Hickman that in this current age, both Professor Charles Xavier and The Maker look the same with their huge helmets and black onesies, to which the writer states that they look cool in that attire.
Ultimate Invasion is slated for release June 2023 with a special oneshot coming for this year’s Free Comic Book Day!
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