Not a dream! Not a hoax! Not an imaginary story! Marvel’s famously unfinished 2006 miniseries Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk may actually … finish.
“Ultimate Hulk and Wolverine is really going to happen, folks,” artist Leinil Francis Yu writes on his deviantART journal. “I have all the scripts and this baby should be in hardcover real soon! I just hope I can still mimic my 3 year old self. It’s gonna be a bit weird.”
As you may recall, the planned six-issue miniseries, by Yu and Lost executive producer Damon Lindelof, launched in December 2005. The second issue followed in February 2006. However, the third issue — originally solicited for April 2006, resolicited several times and then, finally, canceled — never materialized.
The status of the project became a recurring topic at Marvel convention panels until, at this year’s Comic-Con, Lindelof handed Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada the script to Issue 6 in a staged production. That was a year after Lindelof said he’d turned in the script to the fifth issue.
With that part of the puzzle solved, the only remaining question was the availability of Yu, who’d been busy with New Avengers and Secret Invasion. And after Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk?
“After that is some Mark Millar goodness with an arc of Ultimate Avengers,” he writes. “Of course things could still change and Marvel could shuffle things around since we really won’t know how the schedule would turn out. It’s still months away.”
Update: Marvel’s February solicitations, which were released at noon, include listings for “all-new” printings of the miniseries’ first two issues.