Marvel’s latest teaser image hints at the possibility of another major shake-up in its Ultimate Universe as David Marquez’s cover hints at the possibility of the young hero hanging up his tights. As readers of the book already know, with a number of other genetically enhanced spiders skittering around, the potential for more Spider-Men and Women certainly exists, and Brian Michael Bendis recently hinted at some massive storylines in the series’ future.
“We’re going to do a pretty bold time jump for the series,” Bendis told CBR. “It’s a pretty big deal. I got to a place with “Ultimate Spider-Man” where we’re allowed to go a little crazy, and I’ve decided to do so — both with story status quo and in terms of not having to make every issue the next day.”
The image mirrors one from the classic Amazing Spider-Man #50, which was also plastered with “Spider-Man No More” on the cover. Peter Parker, walking away from a trash can and contemplating his need to become more of a man. Peter wound up realizing he couldn’t give up Spider-Man or the great responsibility that came with his powers. (x x)
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man No More!
The story behind this image will leave readers in tears! What could possibly drive Miles Morales to abandon his role as Ultimate Comics Spider-Man? Find out this May, in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #23!
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #23
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by DAVE MARQUEZ
ON SALE MAY 2013!
In 2012, the Ultimate Universe and Marveliverse collided with the meeting of Miles Morales and Peter Parker in “Spider-Men,” written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Sara Pichelli. The series left off just as Peter Parker began researching Miles Morales online in the 616. Today, via his personal Twitter account, Bendis confirmed that a “Spider-Men 2” is planned, answering the question “Are we going to see a spidermen [sic] 2 series?” with “Yes.”
While Bendis didn’t specify when or how a follow-up series would take place, a “Spider-Men 2” isn’t a stretch to imagine occurring as the 2012 series enjoyed both solid sales numbers and critical acclaim. Every installment of the five-issue limited series ranked no less than 4.5 stars by the CBR Reviews Team. The original “Spider-Men” was part of the 50th Anniversary celebration for Spider-Man and was Bendis’ first full-on Spider-Man adventure in the Marvel U." - comicbookresources
Finally, let’s talk about the overall look of your arc. What can you tell us about the approach you’re taking with “Ultimate Comics X-Men?”
Asrar: The past year I’ve been rendering my work with markers and inking my own art. That meant I had a huge amount of control on the final look of my work. For this story, I’ll only be pencilling my work which is, in a way, liberating. It lets me focus on different things about my art and helps me solve some drawing problems with different approaches. I like the switch up — it helps me grow as an artist.
When solely pencilling, I automatically and subconsciously do different things. Visually, I don’t think this story will be a complete departure from what I’ve been doing recently, except for the change in tone and setting. It’s interesting how much diversity this alteration can bring to the look of my work.
Plus, I’ll have an awesome team of artistic collaborators in Juan Vlasco and Jordie Bellaire. While Juan adds character to my work, Jordie brings a unique feel and tone to the book.
Hasbro’s got not just one, but two different Ultimate Spider-Man action figures in the pipeline at its signature 6” and 3.75” scales. While the first thing you might notice is that the figures are built a little bit more like a full-grown hero than the young Miles Morales, Hasbro has made the distinction that the 3.75” version is a variant of a regular Spider-Man figure (which explains why he’s packing a camera in that web bag accessory). The 3.75” Ultimate Spider-Man figure is set to arrive with the rest of the first Marvel Universe wave of 2012 with the 6” figure seeing release later this year as part of a Walmart-exclusive 6-inch Spider-Man line. If you can’t take the wait, Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum’s Minimate Miles Morales is still expected to arrive at Toys”R”Us in a special two-pack with Ultimate Captain America this summer, too. Take a look at larger images of each Marvel Morales figure after the cut.
Beginning in October, writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Matteo Buffagni team for the four-issue ULTIMATE COMICS IRON MAN limited series sub-titled “Demon in the Armor” and introducing Ultimate Mandarin!
“Singh said the “big three” of the Ultimate Universe now were Kitty Pryde, Miles Morales and Steve Rogers, making it have a different feel than the traditional Marvel U.”