Ultimate Spider-Man (currently known as Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man), part of the Ultimate Marvel line, is a retelling of the original Spider-Man comic written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn, originally, by Mark Bagley and later by Stuart Immonen. The Bendis and Bagley collaboration, which lasted for 111 issues, holds the record for longest continual run on a Marvel Comics series by two people.Was known as Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man after a six-month timeskip following Ultimatum until the comic reached its 150th issue (counting both pre- and post-Ultimatum issues), and is now back to its original numbering and naming format. For 10 issues, as the series is ending with issue 160 and Peter's death, only to return a few months later with a new character in a new Spider-Man costume. The original series, under either name, lasted for 160 issues, from November 2000 to August 2011.A third volume followed, now known as Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, Volume 2 or else Ultimate Comics: All-New Spider-Man with new numbering.There's also the 2005 tie-in game, which introduced Ultimate Beetle and was marketed as being in continuity with the series; this has since been the subject of Canon Discontinuity, with several events in the game later being adapted to the comics, and others officially never taking place. And on the subject of video games, Ultimate Spidey also made an appearance in 2010's Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions as one of the four playable characters (on home consoles).Not to be confused with the Ultimate Spider-Man animated show, which has a different premise; though as with most Marvel adaptions it does have some Ultimate Universe elements incorporated into it.Please Note: Due to the comic changing main characters at the end of Volume 2, tropes for the first two volumes of the title are separate from tropes for the third volume. As such, all tropes relating to the second Spider-Man will be collected under the tropes for Volume 3, and spoilers relating to the end of Volume 2 will be unmarked in that section.
Ultimate Spider-Man provide examples of the following tropes:
All There in the Manual: The short-lived Ultimate Marvel Team-Up and the Ultimate Spider-Man Super Special that closed out the series contained Ultimate Spidey's first run-ins with the Lizard, Black Widow, Blade, Daredevil, and Man-Thing (though the Blade encounter did get revisited in the "Morbius" arc). The Special also wrapped-up the class assignment subplot seen in the inital Doctor Octopus/Kraven arc of the main Ultimate Spider-Man series.
Anti-Climactic Unmasking: Multiple times. Peter was caught and unmasked by his enemies on several occasions. Luckily for him, his enemies had no idea who the kid under the mask was.
Arch-Enemy: Norman Osborn, Kingpin, Dr. Octopus, Mysterio.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Notable in the Venom arc, when Eddie Brock's former roommate lists off the reasons why he hates him; he always lies, he freaks out when girls reject him, and he gets Cheetos crumbs on everything.
The switch from Bagley to Immonen was noticeable, but no so jarring that it was untenable since the basic premise art-style and coloring remained the same. The subsequent shift from Immonen's more realistic style to Lafuente's more cartoonish style was far more jarring.
The series is notable for averting this trope for several years. The series holds the record for longest consistent creative team on a Marvel comic.
Author Appeal: Kitty Pryde's main reason for becoming a main character in the comic is because Bendis always liked the character and had a crush on her as a kid.
Axes At School: When Gwen first sees Peter getting bullied by Flash and Kong, she pulls a knife on the two.
Later, Peter is selected for a random bag check when he's carrying his costume in one. Only a timely distraction keeps him from getting caught.
Johnny:(to Peter and Kitty) Oh wait, and you two used to... (Peter, Kitty and MJ glare at him) Johnny: And now you're— And she's— (Peter, Kitty and MJ glare at him) —>Johnny: Oh.
Another brilliant instance is when Jean Grey tells Peter he's the first guy in months not to immediately picture her naked.
Jean: Until now... Peter: Sorry. Jean: Are you done? (Peter clenches his fists together trying to erase the image from his brain; there's a panel of Jean glaring at him; this pattern is repeated several times, her face becoming more and more appalled at whatever he's picturing) Peter: I'm done. (another panel of Jean looking mortified) Peter: Okay, now I'm done. (another panel of Jean) Peter: Okay, now.
Betty and Veronica: More like a pair of Betty and Veronica balls. At any given moment beyond a certain point, Peter will be torn between two of the following: Mary Jane Watson, Gwen Stacy, Black Cat and Kitty Pryde. Though who plays what role and to what extent there is an actual Betty and Veronica role is thoroughly explored and played with, this trope sees a lot of general use throughout.
Bi the Way: Before her untimely death Gwen Stacy more or less admitted that she had been trying to make Peter and Mary Jane break up because of her new crush on Mary Jane. Specifically Gwen says that she and Peter are Like Brother and Sister now, and recent attempts to break MJ and Peter up have been fueled by a crush on MJ, not on Peter.
Blessed with Suck: Kitty Pryde's new abilities leave her drained after use. Given that her future self (as seen in the UXM/UFF annuals) can use these new powers without any detrimental side effects, one should expect to see this trope to go away over time.
Book Ends: Issue 1 starts with a sinister smile from Norman Osborn. Issue 160 (in which the current Spider-Man dies) ends with him smiling again.
You know how Deadpool wears the mask? He wears it for a good reason. After being turned into a cyborg, his face has no skin and muscle and his brain is exposed. The human shape of his face from under the mask comes from a thin, but tough dome around his head.
Sandman. When we first see him he's completely unstable and looks like he's in agony. The Hammer scientist who created him says the physical transformation went perfectly but his mind couldn't handle it. Later on he settles down, but its implied he has brain damage.
Boring Failure Hero: So far averted. Most notably after Ultimatum Wave, where Jameson sees Spider-Man swing into the worst of the disaster to save civilians, presumes him dead, and prints an issue actually admitting that Spidey is a hero. While outraged when it turns out Spider-Man isn't dead, the reputation boost has stuck so far. Case in point; one issue has Spidey be caught by guards that were just knocked out by Mysterio in a thwarted attempt to rob a gold shipment. In his mainstreamuniverse, they would have immediately leapt to the conclusion he was the one responsible and his reputation would have suffered yet-another-low. Here? The next panel is a newspaper article showing that they actually heard him out and believed him.
And then someone stole his Spider-Man identity and created chaos all over the city, so he's back to this again. Or perhaps not. After one of the Chameleon twins shoots Jameson in the head, Spider-Man struggles to save JJJ's life, revealing his secret identity to him in the process. In hospital, Jameson tells his reporters that he knows who Spider-Man is... but he's not going to reveal his identity, as Spidey has convinced him that he truly is a hero. Instead, he swears to put out the truth — that the "evil Spider-man" who caused chaos all over the city was actually an impostor — and vows that he will use his newspaper to help Spider-Man.
Bounty Hunter: Silver Sable and her crew. Silver Sable's father was a Nazi Hunter.
USM #65-71, which followed the Carnage arc. The first issue dealt with featured Peter and the rest of the Six Student Clique reacting to Gwen Stacy's death; and the six issues that followed served as a breather arc before the Hobgoblin arc, and featured the first meeting of Spider-Man and the Human Torch.
Issue #28 "Sidetracked" also qualifies. It's positioned between the return of the Green Goblin and the Osborns, where MJ is kidnapped by the Green Goblin, and nearly killed, traumatizing her, and eventually leading to her breaking up with Peter temporarily and the Public Scrutiny arc where a common thug is dressing up like Spider-Man, leading to Peter getting shot, Gwen's mother abandons her and her father is murdered by the fake Spidey., one of the darker arcs in the early series. It's a relatively breezy issue where Peter is trying to get across town in the middle of a school day to stop the Rhino, but keeps getting sidetracked by everything from Aunt May showing up, to Flash tossing a football at his head, only for him to get there just as Iron Man has defeated Rhino. Although there are a couple pages foreshadowing the Public Scrutiny arc that started the next issue, where Peter finds Gwen hiding behind some dumpsters crying that she thinks her mom is going to abandon the two of them.
The Enforcers also frequently get owned. Special mention to Fancy Dan for getting owned the same way every time.
To a lesser degree, Kraven is also relegated to this role, to the point that Spider-Man goes out of his way to call him the most embarrassing foe he's ever faced. The other bad guys even put him down to his face and make it clear they're being generous just letting him hang around.
The game was originally planned to tie in to the comic directly, but was almost completely overwritten by the "War of the Symbiotes" arc. Still not a bad game, though.
Kitty Pryde makes a big deal out of meeting Spider-Man for the first time in the Irresponsible arc. At this point, she is an established member of the X-Men. However, one of the first issues of Ultimate X-Men after she joins shows her accompanying the X-Men to save Wolverine from a group of decommissioned Weapon X soldiers. Spider-Man is the one who made the distress call and is there when she arrives.
Nick Fury's temporary disappearance to another dimension does not seem to occur at a consistent point in the timeline either.
These are both forgivable though, since they are continuity issues brought about by tie-ins rather than the individual series itself. For example, Ultimate Power takes place after the Clone Saga but features both Peter dating Kitty and has Peter referring to a debt he owes the Fantastic Four.
Cat Girl: Black Cat had a brief run as a major character.
Character Development: Elektra seems to have mellowed a bit between her first and second appearances. She actually smiles.Multiple times.
Chekhov's Gun: The Oz serum — no-one is quite sure of the extent of its capabilities, but Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus and all three Goblins gain their powers from some sort of application of it. Keep in mind that whilst the Peter got his powers from a spider used in Oz testing and only displayed the traditional Spider-Man powers, Octavius was eventually revealed to be more powerful than previously thought, and Norman has returned from the dead and was thought to have been cured of his powers for a time. As of the time of this entry, Harry Osborn is dead (Which could also be once said of his father) and Mary Jane Watson has been said to have been cured of the serum's effects; but when Peter talks to SHIELD about the necessity to keep the Osborns imprisoned after Mary Jane is cured, and is told outright that there is no permanent cure for Oz.
Chick Magnet: Possibly Peter. At one point he runs through a short list of the hot girls he's met through being Spider-Man.
After Gwen's death, Peter decides to give up being Spider-Man because he feels he's not making any difference. This lasts less than a week when he comes to the immediate realization that he simply can't ignore people in distress, no matter what.
Even the new anti-mutant laws which forbid the use of mutant powers did not stop Kitty Pryde from playing superhero and saving the life of her ex-boyfriend more than once.
Cloning Blues: The Clone Saga, which features a total of five clones of Peter, one of which is female, and a Gwen Stacy clone. The latter two became major characters.
Peter: God! You know why people hate you? It's not because you're mutants!! It's because you're all a bunch of @#$@#$ $@$%@ ##@$!! That's why!! You $^$%^ $%^$ $^$%^ $%#^% #$ $% ^#$%^ $%%^!!! AAAGGHHH! (swings off) Colossus: Why am I an #$@#$@? I was just standing here.
Composite Character: Harry Osborn, who became the Green Goblin in the original series, becomes the Hobgoblin in Ultimate Spidey. Similarly, Spider-Woman takes the role of Ben Riley, who in this version is an older black man who helped make Peter's clones instead of being a clone himself. The Scorpion is also a clone.
Corrupt Corporate Executive: Apparently the real villains of the series, as pointed out by Shocker in his Motive Rant. Norman Osborn, Justin Hammer, Bolivar Trask and Donald Roxxon just for starters, although Roxxon comes across as more of an idiot than outright evil. Uncle Ben had two personal sayings advising people to be wary of Corrupt Corporate Executives: "Never met a man with money who hadn't stepped on someone to get it" and "Never trust anyone wearing a tie," neither of which were shown being spoken by him. Aunt May said the first one when Peter told her he didn't want Norman and Harry in their lives anymore and Peter had a recording of his father saying the second one after his dealings with Roxxon backfired.
Crossover: Not surprising considering it connected to the other Ultimate Marvel series. The usual show up: X-Men, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, The Ultimates, etc.
Averted this time — Norman WANTED to be recognised for his work in this version (he never had any crazy plans about taking over the criminal underworld) but there was just two problems with his plan to sell his super-soldier goblin formula to the government: a) his formula sucked and b) he was a psychotic murderer.
Lampshaded when Mysterio is introduced.
Spider-Man: Seriously, imagine if you took all this cool stuff you do and applied it to something that wasn't stupid.
Peter actually does this quite often, thanks to taking the "Power and Responsibility" message very seriously. It's averted again when he tries it on Shocker when Shocker captures him, chains him up and tortures him. Shocker, who IS actually a mechanical genius, tells Peter how he had a legitimate job at Roxxon Industries inventing powerful weapons, until they took his stuff and fired him.
Cute Bruiser: Kitty Pryde. After the events of Ultimatum, she developed Super Strength and Invulnerability. If the Ultimate X-Men/Ultimatum Fantastic Four annuals are used as a reference, she should be able to smack around superhumans like The Thing with ease.
Black Cat has the hots for Spider-Man, until she finds out his age when he takes off the mask.
Bobby Drake spends most of the fight with the Serpent Squad hitting on the various members, but unfortunately because most serpents are cold-blooded creatures which need heat, meaning dating a man made of ice probably doesn't appeal.
Spidey, of course, and sometimes during his inner monologues, too!
The villains have their moments too. When he first met Vulture, Spidey commented that he wishes for a day when he can meet someone who doesn't try to kill him, to which Vulture casually replies "It's nice to have a dream."
Inverted in issue #122: The Worst Day in Peter Parker's Life, where the Shocker manages to capture Spidey, so Mary and Kitty team up to save him.
Spidey actually gets kidnapped a lot throughout the entirety of USM. First by Doc Oc, then by silver Sable (twice by her if you count the game), there was an incident with Deadpool, once by the Kingpin, another time by the Six, and again by the Chameleons.
Don't You Dare Pity Me!: When Peter tells Shocker that he feels bad for him (sincerely, not in a joking "you suck" way) because he had no idea of what Shocker had gone through, he only succeeded in making him REALLY angry.
Gwen Stacy's death, so much so that Bendis brought her back.
Also 2 of the clones from the clone saga — Ultimate Kaine and Ultimate Tarantula — who were not only killed off with casual disdain but whose deaths weren't even given more than a moment's acknowledgment. Below isn't paraphrasing, that's the actual dialogue:
Peter: Is he dead? Jessica: Tsk. Yeah. Peter: Oh man... this is so weird. Jessica: Oh my God... they both are. Peter: This is weird. Well, let's go.
Also in Ultimate Comics #1, the Kingpin. He's only just returned to New York after the Ultimatum Wave when Mysterio appears out of nowhere and blows him out of a skyscraper window.
Fan Disservice: Most of the villains have fought Peter in the nude (see below). Considering the fact that most of them are middle-aged men, this is some intense Fan Disservice. Not so much when Carnage was depowered in the middle of a fight and revealed to be a naked Gwen Stacy. YMMV on Kraven, Norman Osborn, and Flint, who actually look attractive. The old Vulture-looking Blackie Drago, the full-body scarred Electro and Doc Ock on the other hand....
Evil Counterpart: In this universe, Eddie Brock's parents died in the same plane crash as Peter's parents. However, whilst Peter was raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben with the ideals that lead to him becoming Spider-Man, Eddie was less fortunate and his upbringing saw him become a Jerk Ass.
Liz hates mutants, apparently because her uncle was a mutant and he died. Of course, she later finds out that she's a mutant herself, and that her "Uncle Frank" was really her father. The reader learns that "Uncle Frank" is actually The Blob.
The mutants suffer this, especially after Ultimatum. By the time Ultimate Comics picks up, mutants have effectively been forced to go into hiding, and Kitty is only allowed to continue attending Midtown High if she doesn't use her powers.
Figure It Out Yourself: Kong does this within the first 14 issues, in regards to Peter being Spider-Man. It's worth noting that he's the only person to figure out that Peter's Spider-Man, even though their entire class saw Peter get bitten by a spider they had just been told was part of an Oscorp experiment roughly a week before Spider-Man showed up.
Sixth Ranger: The Vulture joins the group for "The Death of Spider-Man".
Freak Lab Accident: One occurred in the first arc, when Norman tested the Oz serum on himself — caught in the explosion was Otto Octavius and Harry Osborn.
Freak Out: Kitty goes into a pretty epic one in chapter 10 of Ultimate Comics. Unable to tolerate the hatred and intolerance she gets for being a mutant any longer, she absolutely blows her stack, lashing out violently at her friends for not fighting to defend her and even going so far as to declare "Magneto was RIGHT!"
Freaky Friday Flip: Wolverine and Spidey. Apparently, Jean got so fed up with Wolvie hitting on her that she sent his brain to the place he least wanted to be. His brain picked Peter.
Freudian Excuse: Jonah's reasons for hating Spider-Man are much more believable, and much more tragic, in this version. However Bendis has stated that he doesn't see Jonah as someone who "hates" Spider-Man, rather he simply uses him and his inherent publicity to sell papers.
Describes Peter's life pretty well, lampshaded during Ultimatum:
Peter: Well there's bad and there's bad... and I thought today was about as bad as bad could get... Then this happens. This is so me it's not even funny... I survived a hurricane, I survived the destruction of New York City, I survived the general crazy that is my life as Spider-Man... I turn around and here's the Hulk. The whole Hulk. Right in my face.
And after the Hulk, he finds that an army of mystical beasties escaped Dr. Strange. Yeah, Ultimatum was not kind to anyone. Ironically, Spider-Man was the only series that didn't rack up a casualty list in the event.
Also the whole "Ultimate Chameleon" arc.
The series take on the Clone Saga felt like it had the unspoken goal of seeing just how much they could torture Peter. Mid-way through, while running from Nick Fury, he wonders why he doesn't lapse into a coma or something from the shock of it all happening in one night.
Full Frontal Assault: Usually accidental or out of necessity. Examples include Sandman, who cannot turn his clothes into sand, Electro and Hobgoblin, who burn through their clothes, and the Green Goblin, who gets big enough to destroy his.
Funny Background Event: During Peter and Kitty's argument over the phone in the first issue of Ultimate Clone Saga, there's a panel where something (possibly intended to be someone on a lawn chair, although it's very indistinct) is floating outside Kitty's window on big orange balloons.
Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: Nick Fury pretty much outright says this during the Death of a Goblin arc. This goes to the point that we discover that there's an entire section of S.H.I.E.L.D prison dedicated to containing "illegal genetic tampering", something which Spidey himself is considered (although, because he's a good guy, Fury plans to instead initiate him into the Ultimates when he comes of age, as opposed to arresting him). Another storyline had Dr. Conners drunkenly muse to Peter as to whether or not it's coincidence that so many people have screwed with their genetics and wound up evil from it. Several characters also muse that maybe the sudden influx of super-powered insanity is a sign that something big is coming, like a harbinger of the apocalypse. It's first mentioned by Kong, who uses Ghostbusters as part of the analogy. Peter later quotes this.
Genre Savvy: both Directors of S.H.I.E.L.D when it comes to the villains' death. Nick Fury's 'no body, no death' belief is famous enough, but Carol Danvers topped him by apparently having Norman Osborn's body monitored, just in case. And when he woke up, they immediately locked him up again.
Heroic Sacrifice: They didn't call the last storyline "The Death of Spider-Man" for nothing. Peter takes a bullet meant for Captain America, but forgoes treatment to save his friends and family from the attacking Sinister Six, finally succumbing to his wounds after putting down the Green Goblin.
He Who Must Not Be Seen: The Big Man, Frederick Foswell, never shows his face in the comic. It's usually shown partially shaded by his hat. When the hat comes off, he's immediately given a mask and killed.
High School AU: This version of Peter Parker has gone through most of the regular Spider-Man's Rogues Gallery... And he's still in high school. Not just still in high school, but still a couple years from graduating. It works.
Hopeless Suitor: Kitty Pryde in Ultimate Comics. Gwen Stacy to both Peter and Mary Jane before she [Gwen] was killed.
Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The Shocker, particularly after his big Motive Rant. To a lesser degree, the Hobgoblin (very sympathetic, but not really around enough for the perennial failure necessary to be this trope. Worth an honorable mention though).
It's Always Spring: Except for when it is Fall. The characters are never shown on summer vacation. Because it's all set in about the same six months, yeah, Decompression at its finest. Bendis stated when the series hit 100 issues that his intention was for 100 issues to equal roughly one year.
Peter breaks up with MJ after the Hobgoblin incident for this reason, exacerbated by the fact that he's of the opinion that MJ is too reckless to stay out of trouble. To an extent he's right, but he eventually realizes that she's in danger whether they're together or not after the Clone Saga.
Subverted, when he started dating Kitty and he tried to pull this on her — she pointed out that it's not a problem with her as she's one of the X-Men, and she can turn intangible.
Last Minute Hookup: It looks like Kenny and Kitty are together again, after he defended her. Averted, with issue #155 revealing that Kenny wussed out pretty quickly.
Like Brother and Sister: Gwen told MJ that she and Peter were like this immediately before she was killed off. But then, in the months after the Ultimatum Wave, when MJ broke up with Peter again for some reason, she apparently changed her mind.
Love Dodecahedron: To the extent this becomes a full-blown one depends entirely on one fact: Does an Opposite-Sex Clone with all Peter's memories count as "him" for the purpose of scoring? If yes, that takes Peter's serious, persistent love interests almost to Ranma's levels. And one more girl has indeed showed up : Lana Baumgartner, a.k.a. the Bombshell daughter, new transfer student. Time will tell if she will really be a part of the equation, but things are off to a good sta—Ohhhh... Never mind...
Male Gaze: Peter is standing in a lift next to Elektra and can't stop staring at her but glances away every time she looks at him.
The Kingpin does this when Spider-man swings by his building for no reason while contemplating his life. Electra shows up and invites him in... where Kingpin offers him pizza.
Of course, this could just be Kingpin returning the favor from an earlier story arc when Spider-Man shows up sitting across Kingpin at a fancy restaurant to talk. He ends the conversation by webbing Fisk's feet to the floor under the tablecloth.
Only 0.2% Different: There's an inaccurate example when Spidey encounters the new Scorpion...who looks just like him. He brings Scorpion to the Fantastic Four, and Reed finds that Scorpion's DNA is 94% similar to Spidey's. For comparison, that's how much humans and chimpanzees have in common DNA-wise. However, he might be ignoring homo sapiens standard DNA, and only counting DNA that could be expected to vary from individual to individual.
Bagley's rendition of Sue Storm during the Ultimate Clone Saga looked identical to Gwen Stacy (particularly noticable as Gwen herself came back from the dead in that very arc).
Even more noticeable was the way Immonen drew Jessica Drew WAY too close to Kitty Pryde — just look at the scene where Jessica glomps Kitty when they meet at the end of Ultimatum. If it wasn't for their costumes they'd be identical. (Ironic, as Jessica's face is supposed to be almost identical to Peter's.)
It isn't restricted solely to the girls either — during the beach scene in chapter 118 it's almost impossible to tell Johnny and Bobby apart (Immonen again). Fortunately this was rectified when they switched to Lafuente, who draws Bobby COMPLETELY differently.
The creepy eyeless girl in Moon Knight's visions looks an awful lot like Mary Jane.
Out of Focus: In spite of being a rather memorable player in Spidey's Rogues Gallery in the main canon, Sandman only appears in two story arcs of the Ultimate Books and barely has any lines. It's implied that the reason he doesn't talk much is due to some form of brain damage from his transformation.
Likewise, the Lizard is one of Spider-Man's classic villains, but he only appears once in Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, and his only two appearances in the main Ultimate Spider-Man title were a flashback and nightmare sequence.
Our Vampires Are Different: Averted when Morbius made his debut — unlike the classic incarnation, Morbius really is a traditional vampire in the Ultimate Universe. Oh and he's Dracula's son.
Poor Communication Kills: During the first encounter between Peter and Jessica Drew, Peter is already angry, stressed and confused and Jessica just makes cryptic, confusing, provocative and generally useless comments. Then when Peter attacks her (quite justifiably under the circumstances) she accidentally knocks him out and leaves him buried under a pile of rubble. Somewhat justified; Jessica herself was pretty confused, given that she had come into existence not long before and still was struggling with the fact that she was a girl and not Peter himself.
Psycho Serum: OZ, Norman Osborn's chemical cocktail seems to be able to do anything. Only those who absorbed the stuff through another medium (the modified spider that bit Peter, the explosion that turned Otto Octavius into Doc Ock) seem to escape the insanity that it inflicts. Except Mary Jane... for now.
Race Lift: Aside from characters such as Nick Fury, who are mainly tied to other titles, notable Race Lifts include Ox of the Enforcers, etc.
Real Life Writes the Plot: Somewhat and rather humorously for the Hollywood arc. Which is set during the during the filming of Spider-Man 2 and even uses the people who worked on the movie (Tobey Maguire, Sam Raimi). The real-life equivalent of which had came out not too long ago that year. Say the least, the real Spider-Man isn't pleased when he finds out. Although he's mostly annoyed that he can't get royalties from the movie, at least not without telling them his real-life identity.
Peter Parker, Spider-Man thinks this applies to him as well.
Retcon: When the Blade encounter from the Ultimate Spider-Man Super Special one-shot got revisited in the "Morbius" arc, Blade was clean-shaven, wearing a movie-inspired outfit, and said his name. In the original special, Blade had a beard, an outfit that was a cross between the movie and original comics outfits, and never told Spidey his name when he threatened him.
Running Gag: Pretty much any time we see the inside of a police station, there's a girl (sometimes two) in a wacky superhero costume being taken away, usually shouting some kind of revolutionary slogan. These are regularly Shout Outs to big events outside the Ultimate Universe, like a 616-Scarlet Witch screaming "I'm not crazy! I'm not crazy!" at the time of House of M, or a big lady with a Flash costume screaming "I was reborn! Rebirthed!" for the Flash Rebirth story at DC.
Another one features a man in what seems to be a raccoon costume yelling "I was just guarding her!! That's all I was doing!!".
Happened again, but with a person in a Nova costume babbling on about a Cosmic Cube.
Sadist Teacher: Captain America, in his first lesson to Peter, decided to give Peter "The Reason You Suck" Speech at a graveyard because he thinks Peter doesn't appreciate life and thinks Peter is too reckless. He is proven wrong.
Secret Keeper: Loads of them, from the obvious (MJ, Aunt May, Gwen Stacy) to other superheroes (Bobby Drake, Johnny Storm, Kitty Pride) to some surprising curveballs (Kenny and J Jonah Jameson of all people).
Send in the Clones: The Clone Saga, 'natch. Which thankfully was handled much better here then the original series. For one thing, rather than running for several years, it was tied up in less than 10 issues. And for another, they make it pretty clear who the clones are.
Stealth Pun: There are plenty of them, but the absolute stealthiest and best is that, unlike in the 616 universe, Peter gets a job at the Bugle as a web designer.
Stock Superhero Day Jobs: Discussed in a conversation between Peter and J. Jonah Jameson after he learns Peter's identity and offers to pay Peter a token wage, but leave him free to operate as Spider-Man; Peter remarks that whilst he won't accept Jameson's offer, he needs a job that he can step away from at a moments notice so he can go be Spider-Man.
Averted when they actually sit down and try to teach him. Iron Man basically admits he has no lesson plan and his "Training" quickly just becomes him and Peter hanging out and talking about technology. Captain America (who actually suggested Peter be forced to give up being Spider-Man) only takes him out into a veteran cemetery and try to shame him into quitting.
Super Serum: Oz, Norman Osborn's attempt at creating a replacement for the long-lost Super Soldier serum that created Captain America.
Super Team: Did form an alliance with a few Super Heroes to take down Kingpin. They were called the Ultimate Knights. It is subverted that this team was not really successful and only took down Kingpin due to sheer luck that Moon Knight survived his beatdown.
Peter delivers a rather poignant one in issue #65, about why Flash is likely going to be a horrible person as an adult. Subverted, in that Flash doesn't actually hear it and it comes as a result of Kong trying to defend Flash's Jerkass tendancies again.
Captain America delivers one to Peter in issue #156, calling him out for acting like an immature teenager instead of a soldier and behaving irresponsibly. Whilst Cap has a point based on his own experiences with Peter, Peter is also justifiably insulted and asks if Cap's now "going say something more insulting?" Of course, Cap is proven horribly wrong throughout the remainder of the arc.
Peter:What's the plan, Osborn? I'm dying to know... what next? You kill me, then what next? Your son you killed won't magically come back to life! Your world as a captain of industry won't magically go back to the way it was! And your hair... won't magically come... into fashion.
They Would Cut You Up: Defied. Spidey initially assumes this is what Nick Fury is talking about when he says that he's not going to do anything to him while he's still a kid, telling him to enjoy his solo time before he's 18. Peter takes this as a warning that he'll be imprisoned or experimented on when he comes of age, and berates Fury for this. Fury cuts him off, saying what he actually meant is that when Parker turns 18, he's going to be allowed to officially join the Ultimates as a peer and work alongside the other established heroes.
Those Two Guys: In Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, Bobby and Johnny skirt this trope. They would very likely BE this trope if they weren't Iceman and the Human Torch. Even still, thanks to the fact they're trying to keep a secret identity, they don't get nearly as much panel time as Kitty, Gwen, or Mary Jane. In nine issues, they've helped with a grand total of one fight.
Time Skip: The recent six months transition from Ultimate Spider-Man to Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man.
Tranquillizer Dart: Played straight in the video game when Silver Sable tries to kidnap Peter Parker by knocking him out with a couple of tranquilizer darts... for a few minutes anyway. Then his enhanced metabolism kicks in allowing him to wake up earlier than he was supposed to and resist all subsequent shots. Cue boss battle where he has to fight off both Silver Sable and her mercenaries while trying not to succumb to the effects of the tranquilizers in his system.
Too Dumb to Live: For a while, Mary Jane appeared as if she was desperatly trying to fall under this, as she completely ignored Peter's warnings to stay away from Harry Osborn and was stunned when Peter broke up with her after this led to her nearly being killed by the Hobgoblin shortly after Gwen's death.
Triang Relations: Type Four, with an added, extra suitor in Kitty Pryde, who would form a D to Peter's A. At certain points through the comic's run, the reciprocation Peter displays does switch based on events, but he's Genre Savvy or simply smart enough to realize a Type Seven would be a bad idea.
Two Words: Obvious Trope: In the first issue of the Clone Saga, after the ending of a phone fight over whether or not Peter was still in love with Mary Jane, Kitty mutters to herself "Two simple words — 'No, I'm not in love with her.' That's all it would have taken."
Unrelated Cousins: After joining the cast and moving in with the Parkers, Johnny Storm and Bobby Drake assumed the identies of Peter's cousins Johnny and Bobby Parker, as the public knew Johnny and Bobby were the Human Torch and Iceman, and having the two of them live with Peter would raise questions about just why all these superheroes were hanging around and living with Peter Parker.
Unwanted Harem: Played with quite a bit. At any given moment soon after Black Cat shows up, Ultimate Spidey has at least two love interests. The play comes from the fact that Peter generally resolves the issues quickly and decisively. P
Victory by Endurance: This is how Norman Osborn kills Peter Parker. After battling several other threats alongside The Ultimates (including taking a bullet for Captain America), Peter tries to hobble home and receive medical attention. But when he gets there, his loved ones are being harassed by the Green Goblin and several others from Spider-man's Rogues Gallery. Peter (and his family/allies) fight back valiantly, but Peter eventually succumbs to his injuries.
The Voiceless: Rhino never talks in his few appearances. He does speak in the game, though. Not that anyone can understand what he says...
Wall of Text: Some of the stories, especially the Annuals can be quite wordy.
Was It All a Lie?: After turning into a mutant, Liz Allan was furious at her mother for keeping the truth about her father a secret. She doesn't want to have anything to do with her mother anymore.
USM #4, which ends on the death of Uncle Ben and likewise, USM #62, which features Gwen Stacy's death.
USM #98-100, in the middle of the cliffhanger. #99 in particular had about five back-to-back cliffhangers, culminating in the apparent return of Richard Parker.
How Whammy was the Ultimate Clone Saga? Peter meets a crazy supervillain with his face. MJ gets kidnapped by an insane, deformed clone of Peter. Peter meets a "Spider-Woman" who knocks him out. Peter finds Gwen Stacey apparently back from the dead. Aunt May finds out Peter's secret and hysterically tells him to get the hell out. Richard Parker walks in the front door, apparently having been alive all along. Nick Fury shows up with an army of Spider Slayers to arrest Peter. "Gwen" transforms into Carnage, the monster that killed her and attacks Fury. Aunt May has a heart attack. "Spider-Woman" rescues Peter from Nick Fury and reveals herself to be an Opposite-Sex Clone of him. The deformed clone beats up another clone which has 6 arms and mutates MJ with OZ, causing her to turn into a horrific hairy monster when she gets angry or frightened. "Richard Parker" turns out to be an artificially aged clone of Peter with fake memories. It turns out the one behind it all was Doctor Octopus, who is now working for the CIA. And Doc Ock's power isn't control over his tentacles after all- it's absolute control over metal. The HSQ for this arc was through the roof.
Ultimate Origins reveals that Richard and Mary Parker were killed by the Hulk during Banner's first transformation whilst Peter was a baby... and it was only the sight of Peter in his mother's arms that stops the Hulk from doing more damage. However, as it had previously been established that Peter knew his parents and that they died in a plane crash with Eddie Brock's parents, this means that the Richard and Mary Parker that Peter knew aren't his real parents.
Issue #160. Peter dies.
What the Hell, Hero?: Peter and Aunt May get to simultaneously pull this on each other during the Clone Saga.
Peter: You knew my dad was alive and you didn't tell me??!! Aunt May: You're Spider-Man and you didn't tell me. Peter: You knew my dad was alive and you didn't tell me!!!
Who Would Want to Watch Us?: The Hollywood arc, tying in with Spider-Man 2 (complete with Sam, Avi and Tobey). Peter goes to the set to give them a piece of his mind, only to learn that they don't have to pay him since he's a public entity and he refuses to reveal his identity; they even film him using his powers so they can work it into the film for nothing. When Doc Ock attacks the set, the ensuing fight also gets worked into the movie.
Would Hit a Girl: Although rare, when Spidey gets into a fight with a female villain, he doesn't seem to have any reservations about hitting them. Then again these are women with super powers.
Yank the Dog's Chain: Things are looking up in Peter's life. He's well liked by the general public for once and no longer viewed as a criminal. He's getting official superhero training to prepare him for a life of government sanctioned celebrity level superheroism. He's been guaranteed a high paying job at Stark Industries. JJ knows he's Spider-Man and not only gives him his old job back but also gives him a payraise, an infinite get-out-of-jail free card that let him ditch work to be Spider-Man, and free college tuition should he survive long enough to go to college. Peter even gets his old girlfriend back as a cherry on top. Almost immediately after this turn of good luck he takes a bullet meant for Captain America and dies in a final battle with the Sinister Six.
It's a teenaged Spider-Man. Of course this trope applies.
After the Human Torch and Iceman joined the cast, this trope applied to them as well.
You Killed My Father: Gwen believes this of Spider-Man for a long time, even when it was obviously not true.
Your Mom: Peter once used one of these when he was confronting a gang of street hoodlums, then immediately lampshaded the fact that humour of that kind was normally beneath him.
Thug One: What are you supposed to be? Spider-Man: What? Thug One: The hell is this? Spider-Man: I'm Spider-Man. Read a paper. Thug One: Where's your costume? [referencing how he only has a mask on, the rest of the suit having been destroyed the previous issue] Spider-Man: Your mom's washing it for me. Thug Two:Ooooggh, ddaayyymmmnn!! Thug One: Oh, 'zat howit is? (attacks Spider-Man)
American Educational System: It is poignant in this volume because Miles had to enter a lottery to go to a charter school. This is a very real practice in New York for talented inner city urban kids i.e. black, hispanic, or poor kids, each hoping they win the lottery or they most likely won't get anywhere in life despite how talented they may be. It is that sad.
Arc Number: The Spider that bit Miles was 42. The number that had Miles name on it in the lottery was 42. Likely a reference to Jackie Robinson who wore the number 42, or perhaps Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Big Damn Heroes: Miles saved President Captain America's life during a battle with Hydra in the 17th issue. Luckily for him, it was caught on tape and the Daily Bugle aired it.
Brand X: Viewtube! Though Youtube itself is also mentioned, interestingly.
Broken Pedestal: Miles' dad was very hesitant to talk about his and his brother's criminal past for this reason. While Miles is confused and disturbed by the the revelation, it isn't quite enough to come between them. Little does Miles know, however, the extent to which Jefferson's criminal instincts reach.
Call Back: As with the first issue of the original Ultimate Spider-Man series, the first scene in this relaunched series features Norman Osborn relating the Greek myth of Arachne to an underling.
Canon Foreigner: Miles does not have a counterpart in the regular Marvel Universe. Although that can be questioned if the Sequel Hook at the end of Spider Men is taken into account...
Cain and Abel: The Prowler and Spider-Man, uncle and nephew, have this dynamic. Their first meeting in their costumes leads to a violent clash, and the Prowler soon blackmails Spider-Man into bending his moral code. Needless to say, the tension between the two quickly ascends to full-on estrangement, and ends in an all-out war between the two that ends with the Prowler's violent death.
Changing of the Guard: The shift is awkward and jarring for many characters, but Miles is slowly earning his place as a hero and successor.
Character Development: Most of Miles' early development revolves around facing and overcoming his fears, including the fear of his own powers and what they mean for his life. Fear also motivates the Prowler, and as a result we see him degenerate from a doting uncle to a violent thug threatening to beat his nephew into cooperation.
Later, as Miles starts to broaden his horizons from his rather sheltered boarding school, he decides to be more proactive in being a hero and joins the Ultimates.
Jameson actually has a few words to say about this, being disgusted when other reporters haven't actually learned anything from the disasters New York and America have faced.
Covers Always Lie: It's getting pretty egregious — the first five issues showed Miles in an outfit he had yet to recieve, the sixth had an alternative cover that showed an unmasked Peter Parker being Spider-Man, and the eighth and ninth issue covers showed events that did not in any way occur within those issues, nor did they occur later on in the arc.
David Versus Goliath: Most of the supervillains Miles fights have this dynamic with him, but the example that stands out is when Miles takes on Giant Woman.
Deadpan Snarker: Though Miles is in no way the supreme snarker that Peter Parker was, he is learning, and like Peter can be rather sarcastic in his inner monologues.
In issue #07, he gets in a couple of battle quips during his battle with Omega Red, even mentally scolding himself for how bad they are, and Omega Red actually takes one of the quips as a sign that it's the same Spider-Man:
Spider-Man: You're not going to believe this... I almost wore that exact same outfit today. Omega Red: You used that line last time! I knew you weren't really dead! Spider-Man: I did? (inner monologue) He did. Crazy.
Definitely in the blood. After Miles mopes through dinner:
Rio: Hey... I love you. Miles: Love you too, mom. Jefferson: Congratulations, it's a teenager.
Death Glare: One of the residential staff in Miles' dorm gives Miles an insanely evil one for a non-villainous side-character (Miles had just sneaked around the RA and into his dorm without the RA noticing). It doesn't help that he's randomly got striking hazel eyes.
Miles has just found out he's got spider powers. He's mortified that someone might find this out, partly because of the rampant anti-mutant hysteria proceeding Ultimatum (which at this point in the story line happened a short time ago), and partly because of his own father's strong dislike of mutants and super-powers in general. Then he and his friend Ganke happen across a burning building with people still trapped inside. Ganke tells Miles he should help.
Miles: People will see me. Ganke: Who cares? Miles: You're right.
Cue Miles, who at this point hasn't even entertained the notion of being a Super-Hero, leaping without hesitation onto the burning building and saving the lives of two people and a dog. He does this in broad daylight in front of hundreds of witnesses, wearing nothing even resembling a mask, let alone a costume. This moment establishes that for all of Miles' reluctance, the moment he sees someone in trouble he will drop everything in order to help them.
Even The Bugle Has Standards: High standards at that. Jameson will not run a story outing Spider-Man's secret identity if there's really no other point, no impact or importance, to that story. It'd accomplish nothing except to seriously screw over Spider-Man.
I Let Spider-Man Die: Part of the reason why Miles became Spider-Man is that he feels that his inaction when he received his powers caused Peter's death. Since he and Peter had near identical powers Miles felt that if they had ever met, Miles would been an asset to him by default and a potentially useful ally for Peter's final fight.
Heroic BSOD: Miles has one once his uncle The Prowler begins blackmailing him.
Ganke: Oh my god, what time did you get in last night? (Miles walks away) Ganke: Dude? (Miles keeps walking) Ganke: Aw, dude.
His father gets one as well, during the United we Stand crossover arc. He manages to get himself arrested by SHIELD agents keeping order, and HYDRA goons attack his paddywagon. They hand him a gun, after having shot the agents And he promptly shoots all three of them. This comes back to haunt him.
Miles at the end of the Venom Wars story arc
Idiot Ball / Distress Ball: Got tossed around a bit in the 5th issue, when Electro awakes. Iron Man tried to take him head-on, but had... some logical weaknesses (as in not expecting Electro to be able to drain the power out of his armor). Hawkeye, likewise didn't have any plan B after "put an arrow into it" (a distraction in the first place). Spider-Woman just pounces on him and gets electrocuted for her efforts *
Note that, in the Ultimate Universe, Spider-Woman/Jessica Drew is a female clone of Peter from the clone saga. Since it's established she has his memories up to the point he was cloned, she should remember fighting Electro two or three times
. Nick Fury and co. do get him pinned down, despite him being Immune to Bullets. But the absolute Emperor of this trope has to be the hospital nurse who gave Electro 10ccs of anesthetic instead of 100ccs as prescribed.
Invisibility: One of Miles' powers. Though if people focus their eyes, they apparently can just make him out.
Irony / Dramatic Irony: The Prowler, Spider-Man's uncle, learns that it is his fault that Miles was bitten by the super spider. The Prowler then manipulates Miles into working with him, justifying it with the idea that they have a "responsibility" towards each-other. Anyone who knows anything about Spider-Man's origins can see how this is going... places where it shouldn't be going.
Jerkass: A recurring theme, it seems. They're everywhere; Uncle Aaron, Captain Quaid, Miles's dorm RC, Spider-Woman (though she has a reason), Captain America (who has a slightly worse reason), Betty Brant...
Let's You and Him Fight: Miles accidentally starts a fight when he tries to get on board the helicarrier to ask if he can join the Ultimates. Unfortunately, America is in the middle of a war and in a state of extreme turmoil and the helicarrier was on high alert.
Male Gaze: Miles, as a teenage boy who's hormones are just starting to rev up, muses to himself how he thinks fighting Giant Woman is hot. And that this is wrong. When he knocks her out, the last panel is shown from Between Her Breasts to Miles' face.
Mob War: Kingpin's death and Mysterio's failure to pick up the slack has left New York open, and The Scorpion tries to fill the void.
Oh Crap: Multiple characters when they see the new Spider-Man, and even more when some of them conclude he's the same as the old one. The Prowler has a magnificent one in issue #9 as he gradually learns just how powerful the Scorpion is.
Out of Order: Issue 16.1 goes back a few issues to explore the aftermath of the Prowler's death. It ended by reintroducing Venom into the plot.
Pintsized Powerhouse: Peter was small compared to his villains, Miles is this even moreso, justified because of the fact he's only 13.
(The Ringer captures Spider-Man in his rings) Spider-Man!(immobilized)Ggnn!! The Ringer: Come on!! Come on! (The Ringer sends out an explosive torrent of rings at Spider-Man) Spider-Man: I can't! (The Ringer's rings flail around and bounce harmlessly off Spider-Man) Spider-Man: I really can't!! Hello!!
Kitty Pride, Johnny Storm and Bobby Drake all left the title following "The Death of Spider-Man" and joined the new X-Men team.
Aunt May and Gwen Stacy moved to France, to get away from the press hounding them in the final issue of Ultimate Fallout. It was mentioned however that they would return to the book, which they do in issue 11.
Mary Jane, has not been seen since the finale of Ultimate Fallout, until the Spider-Men crossover.
The Bus Came Back: It was a relatively short trip from France for May and Gwen Stacy, and Mary Jane joins them state-side.
This is complicated by the fact that his Spider-Sense seems to be in cahoots with The Call. This makes things even worst in Miles' case sense as we know being Spider-Man means The Call has him on speed-dial already. Miles himself though subverts this after the traumatic events at the end of the Venom Wars arc.
Running Gag: The repeated "That costume is in really bad taste." comments during Miles' first appearance. Repeated to a very confused 616-Peter, in Spider-men.
Shout Out: There's a STRONG resemblance in Miles' first Spider suit and the look of the costume from the new movie (other than the loose-fitting gloves and boots). His official costume resembles a reworked version of Alex Ross' design.
Superpower Lottery: Miles has all the abilities that Peter had, plus a camouflage ability and a veryhandy "Venom Strike", which is essentially a debilitating stun that works through touch on or through just about any material. There is nothing shown in the comics that is immune to it. It would probably be a lifesaver for any other version of Spider-man, but Miles is absolutely tiny at only 13 years old, so these new powers make up for his size and inexperience. There's also the fact that, according to the writer, his Spider-Sense is weaker then Peter's.
Taught By Experience: Miles, through Ganke's suggestion, makes it his mission to study all of Pete's exploits, and as he's fighting Venom he makes a mention to himself that fighting villains on his doorstep was how Peter died, and he should change tactics.
Too Soon / What the Hell, Hero?: Miles is hit with this in his first appearance as bystanders start calling him out for the bad taste in running around in a copy of Spider-Man's costume so soon after his death. Jessica Drew, Nick Fury, Tony Stark and Hawkeye giving him the exact same treatment. However, after helping take down Electro, Drew and Fury give him his own custom suit, but Jessica warns him to take it seriously and honor Peter's memory before walking away.
Unfortunate Implications:invoked After Giant Woman sees Miles unmasked and reports to Hydra rather vaguely that he wasn't what they would expect, Miles reflexively calls her out on racism. He then backtracks and wonders if maybe she was talking about the fact that he was 13 years old instead.
Villain Takes An Interest: The Prowler (Aaron Davis, Miles' uncle) finds out who Spider-Man really is, and very quickly starts to train him in the name of "responsibility". However, it's pretty obvious from his blackmailing Miles into it and his having pissed off the very dangerous Scorpion, that the Prowler wants to use Spider-Man as a super-powered meat-shield.
What the Hell, Hero?: Gwen Stacy's epic "CAPTAIN AMERICA, YOU ARE A JERK!!". It's especially funny because she's in a warehouse, so the windows behind her are broken and disused, and as a result it looks like she shouted so hard it shattered the windows.
Spider-Man! Okay. Guy's crazy. The Ringer: YOU WILL NOT TOUCH ME! Spider-Man: All I need to do is smack the crazy off his face and this is— uh-oh.
You Can't Fight Fate: The editors mention numerous times on the letter pages that the appearance of Web-Shooters is predestined and unavoidable - and sure enough, thirteen issues in, Miles gets Peter's Web-Shooters, delivered by Aunt May herself.