Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand
is a multi-part series set in Marvel Comics
' Ultimate Marvel
In the aftermath of Age Of Ultron
, time and space is damaged thanks to Wolverine
's jaunts through time. As a result, the Destroyer Of Worlds, Galactus
, has discovered the Ultimate universe and has slipped through. Even worse, the first thing he bumps into is his cybernetic Ultimate
counterpart, Gah Lak Tus, who merges with him
into a gestalt being hungrier than ever. Even worse, for Earth to settle the Big G's hunger. Even worse, the heroes of the Ultimate Universe are in a bit of a conundrum: they can't let Galactus have his way and yet they can't just send him back to his universe or deposit him in another universe. What do you do at this point?Cataclysm
is separated into two stories:
- Hunger is the four-issue mini-series detailing Galactus' arrival in the Ultimate Universe, his trek to their Earth and the attempts of many to stop him.
- Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand is the five-issue mini-series that details the heroes of the Ultimate Earth attempting to deal with Galactus' arrival and how to save their Earth, if it's possible. There are also three mini-series that run side-by-side with this series: Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man, Cataclysm: Ultimates and Cataclysm: Ultimate X-Men. All three titles replace the ongoing titles that were running at the time.
Following the comic, three new Ultimate comics were released: Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man
, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin
, All-New Ultimates
, a team featuring Miles, Cloak, Dagger, Bombshell, Kitty Pryde, and Jessica Drew, who abandons the title of Spider-Woman for that of Black Widow, and Ultimate FF
, the Ultimate incarnation of the Future Foundation.
Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand contains examples of:
- Anyone Can Die: While it doesn't have a through-the-roof-high casualty rate like Ultimatum, a few people do indeed bite the dust, namely Captain Marvel, Vision, the Punisher, Pixie, MODOK and Captain America.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: How do the Ultimates plan on stalling Galactus? By turning Kitty Pryde into a giant!
- Back for the Dead: Neither the Vision nor Mahr Vehl had been seen in a while, they both end up killed by Galactus.
- Big Bad: Galactus fused with Gah Lak Tus.
- Book Ends: In the first Ultimates, Captain America drove a jet into a Nazi compound to allow the troops to enter the facility. This eventually led to his frozen rest for a little over 60 years. In Cataclysm: Ultimates Last Stand, Captain America does the same thing against Galactus. He didn't survive this time.
- The Cameo: Superior Spider-Man and Valeria Richards both appear in minor roles in issue #3.
- Canon Immigrant: Galactus, again. In Cataclysm #2, Miles Morales momentarily jumps to the main Marvel Universe, then back again. The fact that Mysterio is from the main Marvel Universe is also addressed.
- Continuity Snarl: In Ultimate Secret, the Kree were fish-like, and Mahr Vehl had to undergo surgery to look human. The Kree we see in Hunger, while not completely human-looking, are much more humanoid.
- Crapsack World: The Vision explicitly Lampshades the Darker and Edgier nature of the Ultimate universe after witnessing the mainstream Marvel Universe. She points out that while the mainstream X-Men are a veritable army, the Ultimate X-Men have been nearly driven to extinction. The Avengers are Earth's Mightiest Heroes, while The Ultimates are a group of damaged heroes and Jerkasses. Mainstream Reed Richards is one of the world's most respected scientists and heroes, while Ultimate Reed is psychotic Well-Intentioned Extremist, and so on.
- Crisis Crossover: Around the entirety of Ultimate Marvel.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: So far, everything (in Galactus' favor). The Gah Lak Tus swarm surrendered itself to him without him even moving a finger, the Kree and the Chitauri got utterly annihilated by him, Captain Marvel's and Vision's best trys resulted in them being killed and he no sold the Ultimates combined attack as if they were flies.
- Heroic Second Wind: Around issue #3 of Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand, and things start to look a little better for the Ultimate Universe as a whole. Reed Richards and Miles Morales retrieve information from the 616 Universe on what Galactus is, the X-Men are eventually able to escape the inside of Galactus, and the Howling Commandos are eventually able to defeat the Ga Lak Tus cult/mind-control machines.
Nick Fury (in the middle of a robot zombie swarm): That's it. I am done being treated like an amateur and being humiliated. I am Nick &***# Fury and this ends now.
- Dramatic Unmask: Miles unmasks himself to his bigoted father in Spider-Man #2, trying to save him.
- Dying Declaration of Love: The Vision to The Falcon.
- The End of the World as We Know It: How the civilian populace is seeing what happens.
- Fusion Dance: At the end of Hunger #1, Gah Lak Tus fuses with Galactus, with the big G only hinting at how curious it was.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Initially, no one knew just where the hell Galactus came from when he arrived at Earth (well, Vision had found out, but she was destroyed without even scratching the big guy before he came to Earth). It took Tony Stark matching the energy signatures of 616!Peter Parker and Galactus to figure out that Galactus was not of this world.
- Heel-Face Turn: Ultimate Reed Richards goes on the interdimensional trip with Miles and not only helps the Ultimates in spite of all he has done, but does not get rid of Miles when he had the perfect opportunity to. But this could be interpreted as Galactus being a greater threat. His real turn happens when he sees Valeria Richards, the daughter he would have had if he did not turn evil. From this point on, Reed Richards becomes determined to save the world from Galactus.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Captain Mahr Vehl plans to do this to stop Galactus, but dies of his injuries before he can activate the nuclear warhead in his armor.
- Captain America flies a jet into Galactus in order to allow the Triskelion to escape.
- Thor sacrifices himself in order to trap Galactus in the N Zone.
- Hope Spot: Reed Richards and the Ultimate come up with a plan to destroy Galactus's planet eater machine with Kitty Pryde's phasing abilities. They also use Jean Grey's telekinetic psychic ability amped up by Celebro in order to read Galactus's mind in order to see if there is any way to kill Galactus. To bad that Galactus also has telekinectic abilities and reads Jean Grey's mind finding out the Ultimates' intention.
- Meaningful Name: The story's title. It's not the last stand of the Ultimate Universe. It's the last stand of The Ultimates.
- Mutually Assured Destruction: The Kree's final solution to stop Gah Lak Tus.
- Outside-Context Villain: Galactus comes from an Alternate Universe.
- Poorly Disguised Pilot: The endings of the Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man and Cataclysm: Ultimates reveal that the series were little more than set-up for the upcoming All-New Ultimates and Ultimate FF titles.
- Spiritual Sequel: Hunger and Cataclysm is this to Spider-Men.
- Take Up My Sword / Legacy Character: After Mahr Vehl dies, Rick Jones takes up his armor and becomes the new Captain Marvel.
- Storm picks up Cap's Shield by the end of Cataclysm.
- Title Drop: Not in the series itself, but there is one in the final issue of The Ultimates leading up to the crossover.
Kang: It's worse than your theories. It's coming. Now. A cataclysm...
- Trailers Always Spoil:
- The very existence of Cataclysm pretty much spoiled that Failure Was The Only Option for the protagonists of Hunger.
- Then there is Cataclysm altogether. Even though it was implied that this was the end of the Ultimate Universe despite the creators saying the contrary, there are previews of Ultimate Spider-Man and The Ultimates picking up where Cataclysm leaves off on the Marvel homepage.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: When Galactus first arrives on Earth, Jimmy Hudson completely dismisses the creature as a legitimate concern, reasoning that the Ultimates should be able to handle it.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When Miles unmasks to his father, his dad is not pleased at all to find out that Miles is the reason why his brother was killed (he does not know that Aaron was trying to blackmail Miles) or that Miles was the cause of his wife being killed (Venom was after Miles because he held the secret to spider powers). He was so livid that he even hit Miles, but he immediately regrets it when he watches Miles rescue people after an airplane crashes in the middle of Brooklyn.
- Wolverine Publicity: Phil Coulson shows up in Cataclysm: Ultimates Issue 3 without any warning, setting up his later role as director of the Ultimate Future Foundation.