Rich Johnston has a very interesting rumor from last week’s Marvel Summit over at Bleeding Cool:
The rumor is that we’re going to see an Avengers Vs The Ultimates series next year, the second 616/Ultimate crossover, pitting one Captain America against the other.And that the whole event may lead to the end of the Ultimate Universe, in print published form at least…
The interesting part being, of course, the second element of that, instead of the first (Surely the end of Spider-Men left everyone expecting another crossover?). Despite the best efforts of all involved, the Ultimate Universe has been left in a strange place for some time now, lacking any particular reason to exist beyond “it’s an alternate version of the regular characters.” The creative talent for the Ultimate U also create books in the Marvel U, and the “anything can happen” mantra that once set it aside from the regular Marvel Universe has been usurped by the mainstream universe, somewhat. So what is the point of the Ultimate Universe these days – and would such a conclusion (As impermanent as it would likely be) be a good thing at this point?
Edit: Brian Michael Bendis has responded to the rumors on Twitter, stating, “The Ulitmate universe is not cancelled! the concept of legit comics reporting seems to be on its last legs though.”