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The end... at least for the moment.

Ultimate End is a 2015 series, part of the Secret Wars (2015) crossover. It is the last story set in the Ultimate Marvel universe.

Actually, no. The Ultimate Marvel universe was destroyed in Secret Wars #1, alongside the prime universe and all other universes. The story is set in one of the realms of "Battleworld", a patchwork world created by Doom from the portions of several lost universes. This realm features New York, with the heroes of both universes living together. In many cases, this includes two versions of the same person. Both groups live under the assumption that their realms got mixed as a result of some experiment gone wrong, but can't fix it because the Thors, Doom's praetorian guard, do not allow any of that. The tension between both groups rises, and it is about to turn into an all-out war.


And then, Miles Morales (one of the few survivors of the universal destruction, and one of the main characters of the main series) shows up to interrupt the fight. He tells the truth to all the heroes: that initially they were once whole universes, and that Doom is keeping them mixed on purpose as a punishment because they opposed him in the past. The heroes then cease the conflict and agree to take the fight to Doom himself.

It should be noted that, as per the First Law of Resurrection, the end of the Ultimate Universe was just temporary. Several characters were moved into the mainstream universe, and the universe itself was restored at the end of Spider-Men II, in 2017.



  • Alternate Self: Many heroes have a counterpart in the other universe. However, they are all not the original. Miles Morales and the 616 versions of Thor, Captain Marvel, Peter Parker, and Cyclops survived the multiverse's destruction and remember the old world. The Miles featured in this series is the same one; consequently, he is the only Miles Morales in Manhattan. Similarly, Thor and Captain Marvel are not present in the book. However, the Peter Parker and Cyclops featured here are native to the amalgam Manhattan and are unaware of Battleworld's true nature (never mind that 616 Cyclops was killed by Doom in Secret Wars #4).
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: The two Jean Greys (the Ultimate one and the young one from All-New X-Men) peak into Miles' mind to find out what is he about to say. They find about the destruction of the multiverse.
  • A Truce While We Gawk: The big fight between all the heroes is suddenly halted when both Nick Fury and Falcon order a ceasefire to hear what Miles Morales has to say.
  • Always Someone Better: Hulk may be the strongest one there is... but if there is another Hulk from an alternate universe in town, all bets are off.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: When everyone finds out the truth about the world, they realize that Doom has won. He had become a God with unlimited power.
  • Because I Said So: The rift will be kept, and the heroes will have to live with it. No reason is given. It is the will of Doom, and that should be reason enough.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Punisher is so badass that he fought his way out of Cloak's cloak, something that has never happened before.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Doom knows everything that takes place in his domains.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The all-new Ultimates did this for Spider-Man.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The 616 and 1610 heroes bury the hatchet and decide to challenge Doom and save Battleworld. It's implied that most of them die in the ensuing war depicted in the main Secret Wars series, but Miles' actions indirectly strips Doom of his power and allows him and his friends and family to live in the recreated Marvel Universe. Eventually, the Ultimate Universe is brought back as well.
  • Bookends: On a meta level, the Ultimate universe is closed by Bendis and Bagley, the guys who started it in the first place.
  • Bullying a Dragon
    • The Thors command the heroes not to challenge Doom's will. Haweye challenges it. He is fried for the inconvenience.
    • Some random prisoner mocks the Punisher for being jailed like any other criminal. Not a good idea indeed.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: With so many characters discussing with alternate versions of themselves, there has to be a clue on who is who.
    • Ultimate Tony Stark is not wearing his armor. The other is. When neither of them have it, Ultimate Tony Stark is the one with the darker T-Shirt.
    • Ultimate Hulk is the gray one, the other is green.
    • Both Punishers are similar, but this being Punisher, there are not two of them for long. Ultimate Punisher kills the other one
  • Defiant Stone Throw: A missile is not a mere stone, but against an army of Thors...
  • Diabolus ex Machina: The whole New York domain of Battleworld has been specifically made by Doom as a form of punishment to the heroes that crossed him.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Tony discusses this with himself. Do they blame themselves for not seeing his crisis coming? No: they blamed themselves for seeing it coming, as well as so many other potential disasters, and doing nothing about it.
  • Didn't Think This Through: The two Tonies investigate the dimensional rift, despite Doom's explicit orders not to do so, and find a solution. Now what? Take things to Doom's Science Foundation, and risk being blown to pieces for not obeying him? Try to implement it on their own, under Doom's radar (if that is even possible), and risk being blown to pieces? Banner told them: they should had figured this out before starting the investigation.
  • Erotic Dream: It seems that Spider-Man once had a dream about a squad of hot and evil serpent women, and it has just became true! But You Were There, and You, and You
  • How We Got Here: The story starts with the Punisher preparing his sniper rifle and aiming to the super heroes, who are about to start a fight. Then we go a bit back, and find out how did things got to that point.
  • It's Been Done: Spider-Man protests when Tony Stark has "an existential crisis with... himself". Those are his thing! He invented the whole idea!
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Nick Fury has Bruce Banner under arrest. Tony ask Fury to release him, he's a friend, and he's not from his domain. Fury then proceeds to list all the atrocities the Hulk had commited just some minutes ago, and how all those super heroes are not really helping but just make things worse. And, Bruce, what do you have to say for yourself? "Fury is right".
  • Last Stand: The Thors have arrived, and Magik left with all the heroes. Punisher, who was not among them but in a nearby building, was left behind in the hurry. What can he do now? Of course, fire a missile to the Thors. They will No-Sell it and take down the whole building to kill him, but he does it anyway.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The general reaction to Miles' reveal.
  • Me's a Crowd: Stark uses the "attack with all the old Iron Man suits, all at once" trick again.
  • Mirrored Confrontation Shot: The heroes of both universes had one. One at the How We Got Here intro, and another when we get to that point.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Punisher shoots Lana, but she's fine: he just shot her ear. That means that she will live, who cares about the blood loss?
  • Literal Metaphor: Adult Peter is at home with Ultimate Aunt May and Ultimate Gwen Stacy
    Peter: I don't know what the protocol is
    Gwen: Don't look at me.
    Peter: You know what I mean, Gwen...
    Gwen: No, I mean don't actually look at me. You're freaking me out of my skin.
  • Mythology Gag: The cover of the first issue is an homage to the cover of Contest of Champions.
  • Open Secret: In the Ultimate universe many people knew it in advance, but when Spider-Man died everyone got to know that he was Peter Parker. This is not good for the adult Spider-Man, as everyone out there knows who he is.
  • Orcus on His Throne: In the whole crossover Doom has a bigger role, but here, he's just sitting on his throne in Doomstadt and sending Thors to do his bidding.
  • Praetorian Guard: The Thors, enforcers of Doom's will.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: Inverted
    Nick Fury: Where is the Hulk?
    Iron Man: Inside all of us?
    Captain America: Tony.
    Iron Man: Oh, you mean the actual Hulk.
  • Running Gag: And now, it's the adult Peter Parker who makes a sloppy mistake and accidentally reveals his secret identity.
  • Screaming at Squick: Spider-Man is clearly shocked to find out that Jessica Drew is a female clone of him, just like Ultimate Peter Parker back in the day.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Bruce Banner is a hero, so Tony Stark breaks him out of captivity (even against Banner's own wishes), ignoring all the legal charges that Nick Fury made against his destructive rampage.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: After the meeting, the heroes from the mainstream universe leave. They mention that the Ultimate heroes do not trust them. Why should they? And that they will work on a solution on their own. Meanwhile, the Ultimate heroes also mention that those other heroes do not trust them. Why should they? And that they will work on a solution on their own.
  • Superhero Paradox: Punisher thinks that superheroes are to blame for the whole Battleworld crisis. Of course, his solution is to Kill 'Em All.
  • Tempting Fate: Valeria talks with Doom, as the mass conflict between all the heroes starts. "But what is there is something in all the chaos, something we don't see coming, something that changes everything?" Cue the arrival of Miles Morales, who knows the whole truth about Battleworld.
  • Those Were Only Their Scouts: The heroes do not stay to fight against the Thors. Magik flees with all of them, to take the fight to Doom himself.
  • Throwing the Distraction: The attack with the Iron Man suits was just a distraction. Captain America noticed it almost immediately: they were fighting with just 20% of their actual firepower.
  • While Rome Burns: Ultimate Tony Stark is still an alcoholic, much to the dismay of his alternate self. But hey, Doom may destroy them at any moment, so why not?