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Characters: The Ultimates

Nick Fury

The director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tasked with forming the super soldier organization called the Ultimates. Tends to be paranoid and has lots of secrets. Notably, Bryan Hitch and Mark Millar asked Samuel Jackson for permission to use his likeness for this version of the character which has led to Jackson playing Fury in multiple recent Marvel movies (with more to come.)

Betty Ross

Daughter of General Ross and the on again off again love interest of Bruce Banner. Betty faces the grueling task of marketing the supersoldier project as a superhero team and it only gets harder when the threats they were formed to address fail to emerge right away. Seemingly cold and manipulative, which is not a good match for Bruce. In Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk, she becomes the Ultimate Marvel version of She-Hulk.

The Ultimates

Steve Rogers /Captain America

Issue one of volume one opens with Steve Roger's final World War two mission. He is discovered in a glacier just in time to make him a part of the premier line up. Augmented by a unique supersoldier formula that has so far only worked on him, Captain America has peak human physical abilities and fighting skill. Being wrapped in the flag makes him a natural choice for leading the team even if he's 60 years behind the times. A lot of his personal arc in the first two volumes has to do with him adjusting to the realities of 60 years suddenly passing, from culture shock to finding his friends old or dead.

  • Badass
  • Badass In Charge: After "Divided We Fall", he was briefly the US President, but resigned.
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: As per the original, his Super Serum makes him "the peak of human physical perfection".
  • Eagleland: He's a blend of both flavors, but can sometimes shift into a full on Type 2 that thinks he's a Type 1.
  • Faked Rip Van Winkle: Suspected this at first, but it was the real deal after all.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Probably the most noticeable difference between him and his 616 counterpart.
  • He's Back: With the U.S. literally coming apart at the seams, Steve's returned to being Captain America to keep the nation from falling apart even further.
  • Human Popsicle
  • Jerkass: Shows recurrent shades of this.
  • Killed Off for Real: Dies at the end of Cataclysm sacrificing himself to stop Galactus.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: To Red Skull.
  • My Greatest Failure: Cap felt so guilty over Peter Parker's death that he quit superheroics all together. For a while, at least.
    • He deliberately tracked Miles Morales down just to tell him that he could no longer be Spider-man in spite of Miles having approval of Nick Fury, Aunt May, Gwen Stacey, and Mary Jane. It took Miles stopping the Rhino and fending off a HYDRA attack for Cap to approve of him.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: Briefly President Action during "Divided We Stand".]]
  • Stealth Parody: "Do you think that this A on my forehead stands for France!?" (This coming from Mark Millar)
  • Super Reflexes
  • Super Soldier: Like with other incarnations.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Sort of. Ever since Peter's death, his old-fashioned approach started to whither away. When he eventually came back and met Miles Morales, he started to be more accepting of the kid and eventually became his greatest supporter(he even had Miles fight along side the Ultimates which is something he deliberately banned Peter from doing). He reserves his initial gruff persona for those who wastes his time(the representative of the then defected California) or people who he knows can do better(the Lawyers arguing for and against the incarceration of Bruce Banner). By the end of the Ultimate Comics run, Captain America is just a less tolerant but still heroic version of his 616 counterpart instead of a straight up hero.
  • Values Dissonance: In-Universe, he has a tendency to come off as "old fashioned", which can make people annoyed at or scornful of him.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: Which Hank Pym found out the hard way.

Bruce Banner/The Hulk

Bruce's life's work has been trying to replicate the success of Captain America, the first botched result of which, led to his transformation into the Hulk. In this universe, the Hulk is more of an unleashed id than the angry child of his classic counterpart, using his tremendous physical strength to address all of Banner's insecurities in the most direct ways possible. Having stabilized himself, he chooses to Hulk out in the first half of volume one giving the team something to fight. They choose to cover up the connection between Banner and the Hulk turning their biggest mistake into their biggest media success.

Janet Pym/The Wasp

A biologist and one of her husband's first successes in engineering superheroes. Or so it seems. In truth, this universe's Wasp actually gets her powers from being a mutant. Her husband Hank is able to reverse engineer what she does to create his own powers. The Wasp is able to self miniaturize, fly with gossamer wings, and fire bioelectric bolts from her hands. While not much of a heavy hitter, her stealth and precision allowed her to take down the Hulk (by flying in his ear and zapping his brain.)

  • Asian Airhead: A Type 1.
  • Bizarre Alien Reproduction: During one of their arguments about her mutant status, Henry Pym comments on her laying "egg-constructs" once a month instead of menstruating.
  • Dropped A Bridge On Her: Just one of many to suffer this in Ultimatum.
  • Flight: While small, Jan can fly with insect-like wings.
  • Hand Blast: At small size, Jan's blasts just hurt like hell. At full size, she was able to blast the faces off of a pair of men attempting to hold her.
  • Hot Scientist: Despite her airheaded and superficial tendencies, she's still got a double-Ph.D.
  • May-December Romance: With Captain America. Eventually gets Deconstructed.
  • Mutant: This version of Janet is explicitly a mutant. Her husband gained powers from her, rather than the other way around.
  • Race Lift: In this version, she's Asian-American. Or, was, before somehow becoming white.
  • Sizeshifter: Unlike her mainstream counterpart, this version of Wasp is unable to grow larger than her normal size without outside help.

Hank Pym/Giant Man

An extraordinary Jerk Ass and the head of R&D for supersoldier research, replacing the unstable Banner. Pym is able to reverse engineer his wife's shrinking powers to allow him to grow to nearly 60 feet tall. His Giant Man formula ends up being the most successfully replicated aspect of the project giving the Ultimates an entire platoon of Giant Men (and his ex wife in volume two). Too bad he can't control his temper leading him to abuse Janet and embarrass the team publicly before getting kicked out.

Thor

Not actually an official part of the team. Thor came to Earth in the modern era to warn the world about the conspiracies of the military industrial complex. That said, he is not so distrustful of the military that he would miss the noble qualities some of the Ultimates possess so he works with them when needed. One of the questions of the first two volumes is whether Thor is the actual Norse God of Thunder or a delusional super soldier. This gets resolved in the second volume.

  • A God Am I: How everyone views him initially, then it was revealed he actually was a Norse god.
  • Badass
  • The Big Guy
  • Brought Down to Normal: When The City annihilates Asgard, Thor loses his godly powers.
    • After the Dark Ultimates arc, Tony Stark used Reed Richards technology to bring him back to the level of his old self again.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Cain and Abel: With Loki.
  • Composite Character: His initial appearance is a combination of Thor and Thunderstrike and his first hammer resembles Beta Ray Bill's hammer, Stormbreaker.
  • Drop the Hammer
  • New-Age Retro Hippie
  • Super Hero Gods
  • Real After All: During the alien invasion, there was a bomb set to literally destroy the world. Janet and Natasha called for Tony Stark to deactivate it and when he came, they thought he was going to carry the bomb with him to space and pull a Heroic Sacrifice. Not quite. Tony got the bright idea to have Thor teleport the bomb to a separate dimension because he is a god. Hearing of Tony's plan, both Natasha and Janet were delirious about how nuts Tony was to believe a man who was sent to an insane asylum calling himself the God of Thunder. Of course, they stopped doubting it when it worked.
  • Shock and Awe
  • Worf Effect: Originally promoted as one of if not the most powerful beings in the Ultimate Universe only to get his butt kicked or shown up in some way with his only victories against beings far weaker than him.

Iron Man

Tony Stark is a brilliant and enormously wealthy weapons manufacturer who gets brain cancer and decides to spend whatever time he has left saving the world. He's known for being eccentric, a playboy and almost perpetually drunk. Like Giant Man, his "powers" are replicated eventually giving the team multiple armored soldiers.

  • The Alcoholic: He drinks to numb the pain caused by his brain tumor.
  • Blessed with Suck: Superhuman intelligence and a Healing Factor at the cost of living in perpetual agony.
  • Brain Uploading: He was able to upload his consciousness in his Iron Man suit due to his brain having prolonged exposure to the Infinity Gem in it. So the Infinity Gem gave him mental powers so he can upload his brain into anything with a CPU.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The resident smart ass on the Ultimates and Future Foundation.
  • Healing Factor: Because of having undifferentiated neural tissue throughout his body, Tony can heal from injuries and regrow organs and limbs. It's not effective enough to cure his tumor, however.
  • Ill Guy: He has an inoperable brain tumor, and his messed up neural network leaves him in eternal pain. But he doesn't let it get him down, too much.
  • It Was with You All Along: It turns out that brain tumor that's caused Tony so much pain was in reality an Infinity Gem that somehow got trapped inside his head. Sadly it leads to him getting killed off shortly afterwards.
  • Not Quite Dead: After Reed Richards performs brain surgery on Tony to get the Infinity Gem inside his head, he cuts off all medical support thats keeping Tony alive throughout the process. His body is gone, but he survived by Brain Uploading to his suit.
  • Really Gets Around
  • The Rival: He has two. His twin brother and Reed Richards.

Black Widow

Natasha Romanoff is a former KGB spy/supersoldier turned US Black Ops. Along with Hawkeye, she is brought onto the public team with a fake background. Eventually becomes engaged to Tony Stark. Eventually revealed to be a traitor in Volume 2 using Stark and her Ultimates membership to undermine the team and steal Tony's fortune, though this doesn't work.

Hawkeye

Black Ops soldier turned superhero. Deadly accurate with any ranged projectile. In Volumes One and Two, he mostly uses his bow and thrown weapons. In Volume Three after losing his family he switches to guns.

  • Badass Normal: Until Jeph Loeb's run, Hawkeye was a normal human who'd reached his ridiculous level of skill and accuracy through training, this is even lampshaded by Hawkeye himself in his first appearance in which he chastises Black Widow for chatting to him during combat because he doesn't have her cybernetic enhancements and so can't do both at once.
  • Blood Knight
  • Death Seeker: After his family was killed off.
  • Fingore: His infamous escape scene in the Grand Theft America arc, which involved ripping his fingernails out.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: To the point where he may as well just be called Bullseye, since he's at least as accurate as the 616 version.
  • Jerk Ass: As Millar described him "He's a Neo Con", and also a bloodthirsty mass-murderer who self-admittedly used to be much like The Punisher until he was recruited by black ops to kill for the government instead. However, he was also a devoted family man on the side, so there are different sides to him.
  • Psycho for Hire
  • Sociopathic Soldier
  • There Are No Therapists: It's very clear he's suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after his family's murder, and yet nothing's being done about it.

The Mutants

Following the events in Ultimate X-Men, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, the children of prominent mutant terrorist Magneto, agree to join the Ultimates acting as team members and informants. They tend to be aloof with marked aristocratic and European sensibilities. They also spent enough time together that it was obvious what was going on between them before it was stated explicitly in Volume Three.

Quicksilver

Scarlet Witch

Villains

Herr Kleiser

One of the Chitauri, an alien race of reptilian humanoids who supported the Nazis during World War II and who were the main threat that Captain America fought against.

Loki

  • Big Bad: The Ultimates 2
  • Bishōnen
  • De-power: In his first appearance Loki is a reality warper whose powers mysteriously fade during the last battle. Later appeaerences portray him more as a traditional sorcerer instead of a reality warper with no reason given for the loss of power.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Reality Warper

The Liberators (Colonel Abdul al-Rahman, The Abomination, the Crimson Dynamo, Perun, Hurricane, Swarm & the Schizoid Man)

A super soldier team put together by nations worried about the escalation of the American super-soldier initiative. They invade the United States in volume 2. The team is run by Loki.
  • Anti-Villain: Most of them are utter bastards, but the Colonel, at least, seems to be a genuinely good guy who just happens to be fighting for the wrong side. Indeed, his death scene is probably the most respectful send-off anyone's ever gotten in the entire series.
  • Always Someone Better: Played with. They were certainly trying for this. The Abomination was the Hulk with brains. Swarm summons armies of wasps. Crimson Dynamo has a bigger suit no doubt intended to be higher powered. etc. But the Ultimates counter by revealing upgrades or levels taken in badass. And in the case of the Abomination, being an intellectual isn't very useful when your best assets are your rage and your fists.
  • Butt Monkey: The majority of them. Perun gets a special mention since he not only was never seen in combat, but was the only Liberator to have willingly surrendered.
  • The Psycho Rangers
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad

Red Skull

Reed Richards

  • Abusive Parents: His father was one - actually, he was a grown up Jerk Jock.
  • Always Someone Better: If his rant to the new president is any indication, he considers Tony Stark this.
  • Expy: While he started of course as a counter part of the original Reed Richards, he became one of Kang The Conqueror and/or Doctor Doom.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Saw the error of his ways after Cataclysm after witnessing the alternate life he would have had if he stayed with Sue and remained a good person.
  • It Is All About Me: He views himself as the sole savior of the universe and feels everyone who is against him is wrong.
  • Knight Templar: He wishes to solve all the problems of the Earth, no matter the cost.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: A dark take of the trope. After getting stopped and stalled from every scientific discovery that he ever made, Reed Richards just loses it and starts taking out every scientific hero or foundation who could possibly stop him.
  • Smug Snake
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Eventually, the computer of the City comes to the conclusion, that Richards' megalomanic and warmonger attitude is obsolete, and only hinders the further development of the City.

For information of the new Ultimates, go to the Ultimate Spider-man Character Page.


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