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Adaptational Villainy / Ultimate Marvel

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The good and evil sides of Reed Richards
The Ultimate Marvel Universe had many heroes reimagined as villains
  • Ultimate Fantastic Four:
  • The Ultimates:
    • In the mainstream Marvel universe, Bruce Banner became The Incredible Hulk after being exposed to radiation from an experimental gamma bomb while trying to save a teenager who'd accidentally wandered onto the blast site, and was Cursed With Awesome since then. Ultimate Bruce Banner managed to get the Hulk out of his system, but reinjected himself with it, fully knowing the potential consequences, to solve his self-esteem problems. His rampage in New York was a 9/11-like disaster.
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    • Hank Pym, who was removed from the Ultimates, helped Black Widow and the Liberators to invade the US with an army of his robots.
    • Black Widow is basically a reversal of her original counterpart, who started off as an evil Russian spy before reforming and becoming an Avenger. Here, she's introduced as a seemingly heroic defender of justice, but turns out to be a murderous traitor acting as The Mole for the Liberators. She even helps murder Hawkeye's wife and children, and later kills Tony's butler Jarvis.
    • While the Ultimates are really the adaptation of the Avengers, the "Avengers" name is used for a black ops team of S.H.I.E.L.D., to make the dirty operations that the Ultimates can not be seen doing.
    • The Defenders (Nighthawk, Black Knight, Power Man, Son of Satan, Hellcat and Valkyrie). Initially, they are neither good or evil, just a bunch of fans with delusions of grandeur. They made a deal with Loki and get super powers, and attack the Ultimates with them (except for Valkyrie, who became Thor's lover and an Ultimate herself).
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  • In the Shang-Chi comics, Leiko Wu is one of the title character's closet friends and allies. In Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, she's a villain who is trying to find Shang-Chi at the behest of his Archnemesis Dad.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man:
    • Jean DeWolff, a heroic female police officer in the original, was made a corrupt double-agent working for the Kingpin in this version. Iron Fist also worked for the Kingpin, albeit he was blackmailed into it.
    • This version of Deadpool is an Ax-Crazy racist Psycho for Hire in comparison to the main Deadpool's status as a fourth-wall breaking lovable Anti-Hero / Anti-Villain.
    • Unlike the Pragmatic Hero Venom would eventually become in the original, both the Venom Suit and Eddie Brock Jr. have none of the redeeming qualities of their 616 counterparts and are instead full villains. In this version the Venom Suit was created to be a cure for cancer by Peter's and Eddie's parents, however it ended up becoming a fully parasitic monster that forces it's hosts to feed it or be consumed themselves, while Eddie Jr. is a perverted and self-serving Consummate Liar more than willing to become an almost mindless beast thanks to the power it gives him and the connection it has to his father.
    • Miles Morales, a hero, was first created in the Ultimate universe. Spider-Men II introduced the Miles Morales native to the 616-universe, a member of the Rigoletto gang and best friend of The Kingpin.
  • Ultimate X-Men:
    • Initially, Wolverine was a hitman for Magneto, and joined the X-Men at his request, to get near Xavier and kill him. But he fell in love with Jean Grey and, as Love Redeems, he became an X-Man for real.
    • John Wraith is a white human who's in charge of the Weapon X project and frequently abuses his captives, which included teenagers.
    • Moira MacTaggert made a drug with Wolverine's blood and sided with the Brotherhood.
    • Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were willing servants of Magneto and hadn't abandoned their views of mutant supremacy, only joining the Ultimates for protection from Magneto. Quicksilver also arranged the death of Magneto, kills Cyclops, and sold other mutants into slavery.
    • Magneto. While his mainstream incarnation is also a villain most of the time, he's a complex, morally ambiguous character, and has joined the heroes' side on numerous occasions. His Ultimate counterpart, on the other hand, is nothing more than a repugnant mutant supremacist and genocidal maniac who would never willingly join or aid the other side. In fact, he's such a monster that he has eaten human flesh in the past, and plans to turn humanity into literal livestock for mutants.
    • Forge. Here, he's a member of the Brotherhood, whereas his mainstream counterpart is (usually) an ally of the X-Men, or at the very least a good person.
    • Multiple Man. Here, he's a member of the Brotherhood, whereas his mainstream counterpart was an ally of the X-Men's.
    • Longshot. Here, he's a member of the Brotherhood, whereas his mainstream counterpart was an ally of the X-Men's.
  • Ultimate Galactus Trilogy
    • In the main continuity, the Silver Surfer was working for Galactus and betrayed him in the first adventure, siding with humanity. Here, there is no betrayal. Then again, it's revealed in Ultimate Fantastic Four that while they're based on him, the version of the Surfer working for Gah Lak Tus isn't Norrin Radd, whose actual Ultimate counterpart is Truer to the Text outside of working for Psycho-Man and being called "the Silver Searcher".
    • Moondragon is a hero in the main universe (at least, that's the basic idea). Here, she's a sniper that worships Gah Lak Tus and attacks both the Silver Wings and the Ultimates.

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