This is something I was wondering a couple days back when looking through some older Ultimate graphic novels. Some wide-scoping stories have huge casts/ensembles, but when you really look at it, boiled down, there's one person who it's "more about" than anyone else. Despite the fact that there're all these other stories going on, it could be viewed as essentially this one person's tale. Kinda like Aragorn in the Peter Jackson "Lord of the Rings" movies, or Darth Vader.
With that said, is there one character that you could argue the entire Ultimate Universe is telling the story of?
I'd say Nick Fury fits the category. This makes more sense in later years, not so much the early beginnings of Ultimate X-Men and Ultimate Nick Fury, but now it seems like he's in every issue, or at least has effects on the issues he's not in/is affected by them. Nick Fury's story is that he's an epic secret agent, dealing with a world of superheroes, hardly aging. He grew close to Peter Parker/Spider-Man, whom he viewed as a son...had/has once more his own team of heroes called the Ultimates...distantly oversees some sciencish heroes called the Fantastic Four...and, by kinda helping Ultimate X get off the ground, showed his support for the mutants of the world. It all ties back to him and his decisions.
What say you? Is Zappy Time just feeling way too pensive? Am I making any sense at all? Is the Ultimate Universe actually overall-about a different person?