Marvel Plans The Death Of Spider-Man…Ultimate Spider-Man

When Marvel released the teaser image you see in this post I was shocked and angered at the same time.  Shocked because Dan Slott just took on the sole writing duties for Amazing Spider-Man and couldn’t believe he’d only have a few months before this “death” storyline would take place.  It hits your local comic shop this February.  I was angered because there have been countless “death of” storylines in recent years that I’m honestly tired of them.  That’s all changed now.

With the latest news out of Marvel, the company plans to kill Ultimate Spider-Man.  The Ultimate imprint was always pitched as the one imprint where anything could happen.  For the better part of six years, Marvel sort of ignored that.  People also took notice of that because sales slowly started to fall for the Ultimate imprint.  Then last year the entire Ultimate universe was shaken to its core with Ultimatum.  It was a horrible story to be frank, but it did bring the Ultimate universe back to its roots, and to be honest, I’ve been enjoying quite a bit of the work being put out.  Fast forward to this morning when the news broke about the death pertaining to Ultimate Spidey, and well, now I’m excited to see where this goes.

Both Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar will be writing this major arc.  It will take place within the pages of Ultimate Spider-Man #153 & #154, as well as Ultimate Avengers VS. New Ultimates #1 of 6.  It’s unclear how long this storyline will run, and whether or not Marvel will actually keep the character dead.  Thus far everyone that died during the Ultimatum storyline has remained dead, so if Bendis decided he wanted off the series, there’s a very good chance this will indeed hold.

Bendis had the following to say on the subject:

As a group and as individuals we have made a conscious effort to create stories this year that no one has ever seen before. I am very, very proud to be a part of this storyline and very proud of Marvel for even attempting such a bold endeavor. Sit back and watch as we unveil a storyline unlike any other!!

Not to be outdone, Mark MIllar added…

This is the biggest, boldest thing we’ve attempted in the ten years since we kicked this line off. This is the one thing that could be bigger than the CREATION of the Ultimate line and it’s great to be a part of it. Being part of something like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and soon you’ll all get to read the story we’ve written for you, This should be up there with the very small number of events that really mattered. This is going to be big.

So you heard the men, it’s time to get excited.  As I said before, everything depends on what Bendis wants to do.  He’s been here since the series’ inception and if he wants off, we might actually see a Spider-Man die for real.  Now that would be incredible.  I’ve posted the book details below.

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #153 & #154
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils by SARA PICHELLI & DAVID LAFUENTE
Cover by SARA PICHELLI
Rated T+ …$3.99 each
ON-SALE IN FEBRUARY

ULTIMATE AVENGERS VS. NEW ULTIMATES #1 (of 6)
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils & Cover by LEINIL YU
Variant Covers by BRYAN HITCH & FRANK CHO
Rated T+ …$3.99
ON-SALE IN FEBRUARY

I’ll be sure to keep this story updated as we find out more information.  For now, if you’re interested in comics this appears to be one storyline you simply have to follow.  When’s the last time a major player was killed off…for real?

6 thoughts on “Marvel Plans The Death Of Spider-Man…Ultimate Spider-Man”

  1. I don’t trust these bastards anymore since they day they promised Steve Rogers would remain dead. Then again, who are we kidding, who cares about the ultimate universe? No one. That’s why they are trying a move like this. Kill off a major character and hope for sales.

    1. I haven’t trusted comic companies in a very long time man. Ever since they killed off Superman. I KNEW it wouldn’t last, but they kept him dead for what appeared like a few months…if that. With Steve Rogers at least it was played out for a little while. I fully agree that they should have left him dead for years and had Bucky remain the one and only Cap. Clearly fans agreed because Steve isn’t Cap anymore. The thing is, once that movie hits…

      As for this, I’m not really sure what to believe. I think if Bendis wants off the series to write more original concept comics like Scarlet, then they could just end this run. It doesn’t have anywhere near the sales it used to, and as you said, do that many people even care? On the flip side, Ultimate Spider-Man IS the Ultimate Universe. If they kill him off, I’ll drop the entire line because what else do they have? Exactly, nothing. I’ve already dropped all the other Ultimate books outside of Ultimate Avengers and Spidey. So I’m kind of hoping this does stick and Bendis goes to write another original ICON series. At the end of the day, it all depends on the $$$

    1. I really don’t see them dropping this title completely only because if they do, it’ll destroy the entire Ultimate line. Yes it doesn’t bring in anywhere near as much money as it used to, but still. We’re talking about the entire death of an imprint.

  2. Honestly Jarrod, do you think the Ultimate line will still be around in 5 years? It’s dead, they want to send it out with a bang, or try to revitalize it by killing a major character. The ultimate universe is done.

    1. Here’s a breakdown of the latest Ultimate sales for October 2010.

      22) Ultimate Thor #1 – 49,747
      34) New Ultimates #4 – 42,876
      42) Ultimate Avengers 3 #3 – 38,529
      55) Ultimate Spider-Man #15 – 34,657

      You may be more right than I realized. While Thor isn’t bad, that was a #1 issue. I always found the Ultimate universe best when they did new things not done in the regular Marvel universe. If they want to end the line, I really don’t think people will mind. This would also garner a lot of attention and free Bendis to write something else. This could also bring even more people back to Amazing, but then again that title averages 55,000 per issue.

      So the bottom line is, I suppose you’re right Steven.

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