1) Find a bad guy
2) Be Wolverine
Ultimate Wolverine is coming back, sort of!
That's not to say that it couldn't work. Earth 2 has obviously been revisited several different times. My point is just that continuing to call it the Ultimate Universe would probably defeat the purpose. Earth 2 works as a name, because it represents a place in the multiverse. It would be easier if they were to just end the UU properly, waited a few years, and then launched a new side-universe. I just don't know if it would work on a large scale again, like it did a decade ago.
I think it'd be great if Marvel just did something new, from the ground up. "The Marvel Universe, but set in prehistoric times" or something like that. Sure, it's little more than a play on 1602, 2099, or any of those Universes, but there are a ton of different scenarios you could run. If Marvel were to actually put some strong effort into it, it could be something big.
-I was still put off by Ultimatum
-David Lafuente was making USM much less enjoyable (and the story itself wasn't incredible)
-I didn't like the bimonthly, alternating schedule of Ultimate X and New Ultimates
-On top of that, both books - and Ultimate Avengers at the time (and maybe even Armor Wars) - were going through delays
-Ultimate X #1 had just come out and I wasn't a big fan
-The X-Men and Fantastic Four were essentially gone
And then New Ultimates #2 came out and it was awful. I had thought the first issue was pretty meh, but it was the second one that really stood out as bad.
Luckily, Ultimate Avengers got back on schedule (though down in quality), Lafuente got better, New Ultimates #3 was a big improvement (but #4 was pretty dang bad), Ultimate X got better, Ultimate Thor happened, and then the relaunch. My expectations were also probably lowered, which helped during those times.
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I also buy: Captain America, Avengers, FF, New Avengers, X-Factor, among others
That being said, I started up again with the most recent relaunch and was really enjoying everything I was reading. However, I just can't keep up with monthly books anymore, and I have too many other trades and books that I want to read more than Ultimate Marvel stuff, so it keeps getting put on the back burner and may just stay there forever.
Writers: Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis, Jeff Lemire
Artists: John Cassaday, Frank Quitely, Mike Mignola
Personally I'd rather see 3 different Universes, and I think this idea would please everyone for a number of reasons.
The first Universe would be the 616 continued how it is. The second would be the Ultimate universe, which answers the call for a rebooted 616. I think the Ultimate Universe has done a pretty good job of filling that role. The third Universe would be something new to Marvel, a universe where time passes. It doesn't have to be real time, but it would be cool if at least a year went by every 10 years or so, and heroes started getting older. Each different character is another possibility for a unique story about a super hero passing his prime, or becoming something more. Some might be training successors, or retiring, etc. New younger heroes would also start to pop up as older heroes disappeared. The possibilities are endless.
As it is now, I don't think Marvel would ever merge 616 and Ultimate because it goes against what they've obviously intentionally done. They could have rebooted everything like DC did, but they chose to do a reboot that didn't replace what they already had, because a lot of people wanted to keep reading 616. They know better than to just replace it. The Ultimate U was a really smart reboot.
Still I like the idea of a third universe and it would be interesting to see how they'd do it if they ever decided to do it.
Melissa - 19th December 2012
Didn't vote because you don't have the option of "I don't want the Ultimate fanfic universe sullying the 616".