If you, like me, have often wondered why Marvel has never exploited the Malibu Ultraverse after the crash in the mid-1990s that doomed the original line post-purchase by the House of Ideas, then apparently we have our answer… and it’s what you probably always suspected:
[Ultraverse co-creator Steve] Englehart says that in 2004, Tom Brevoort approached him to integrate the Ultraverse into the Marvel Universe. That he’d plotted the first issue and had written a precis for the first year, including Prime joining Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, but that the project was closed down.
Later an assistant editor told Englehart that he wanted his mission to being back the Ultraverse characters but subsequently called Englehart to tell him “It’s my job if I continue to ask about this.”
And it’s all down to a pesky five percent of profits that Malibu creators are entitled to.
Except, of course, things may not be that simple:
The Ultraverse: Let’s just pretend it never happened, it’ll probably be easier for everyone involved.