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And that's just a bullet. Gah Lak Tus had not even arrived yet at that point.
The "Ultimate Galactus Trilogy" is a group of 3 miniseries that adapted The Coming of Galactus to the Ultimate Marvel comics. Those miniseries are Ultimate Nightmare, Ultimate Secret and Ultimate Extinction.

Ultimate Nightmare: A weird vision of aliens dying is suddenly seen all across the world, in all types of media. S.H.I.E.L.D. locates the source to be from Russia, so Nick Fury goes to investigate with Captain America, Black Widow, and the Falcon. The X-Men also notices it, and Xavier send Wolverine, Collosus and Jean Grey. Both teams, unaware of each other, enter into an abandoned military bunker. After dealing with several weird things, they find the Vision, an alien robot, who warns them about the coming of Gah Lak Tus.

Ultimate Secret: An alien invasion by the Kree tries to destroy an experimental ship. Dr. Philip Lawson, the creator of the ship, manages to stop them. It turns out that Lawson is a Kree himself, Captain Mahr Vehl, who had to infiltrate earth but actually came to root for humanity. With his help, the heroes infiltrate the ship of commander Yahn Rgg and steal their info about Gah Lak Tus.

Ultimate Extinction: Gah Lak Tus is not really a single creature, it's a Hive Mind of millions of sentient ships. Xavier and Jean Grey try to make contact with it, but it only gets disgusted. Reed Richards used an experimental gun that released part of the energy of the Big Bang. This destroys 20% of the entity, who flees.

Note: If you are looking for the time when the actual Galactus from the mainstream universe visited the Ultimate Universe, see Cataclysm: The Ultimates' Last Stand.


  • Absentee Actor: The crossover involves the characters of all the major Ultimate series... Except for Spider-Man.
  • Achilles in His Tent: Sam Wilson was enjoying the solitude of the Amazon jungle, but will gladly go back and help Nick Fury with his crisis.
  • Arc Words: The "Take two things that work and nail them toguether" takes a new spin when they find out what has been going on at the bunker all those years.
  • Asshole Victim: The X-Men announce that they intend to liberate all those Russian prisoners who had been experimented with and then left abandoned in the bunker. One of those guys, who could turn into a giant, thanks in full Sarcasm Mode about the hero who comes to liberate them, and gets enraged, thinking that it's just psychological torture.
  • Atrocious Alias: Mahr Vehl thinks that "Captain Marvel" is a terrible mispronunciation of his name.
  • Badass Boast: "Humans can kick the [censored] out of anything!"
  • Blasphemous Boast: One of the more famous quotes from Ultimate!Nick is from Ultimate Extinction, wondering if he gets to heaven if God will put up a fight or let Nick sit on his throne.
  • Blatant Lies: Lawson says that he created the suit as a hobby, based on Iron Man's tech. The invisibility is SHIELD's "light sensitivity mode", which he does not have clearance for, but he got it with Hollywood Hacking. Danvers dosn't buy it for a second. Then he says he's an alien.
  • The Bus Came Back: Hey, look! Ultimate Extinction features Ultimate Misty Knight. She hadn't been used in comics since the 1970s.
  • Call-Back: Marh's interrogation brings up a few factoids from over in the first volume of Ultimates, namely that there are eleven known aliens species on Earth (the Kree aren't in that number because they're not on Earth, just watching). Marh even compliments Fury on the Chitauri business. Later on, Hawkeye grumbles about Captain America's infamous line from the conclusion of that fight.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Danvers has to report the results of her interrogation of Lawson. She's visibly ashamed to open her mouth and say "His name's Captain Marvel and he's a spaceman from the Cree indian tribe, sir"
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • Played for drama. Xavier agrees that the vision of the aliens dying (that he got in a dream, as well as Jean) was not a made-up montage, but thought that it was just a visual metaphor of loneliness and abuse from some new mutant. It turns out that the visions were completely what they appeared to be.
    • Marh-Vell telling Danvers and Fury he's on their side isn't believed at first, which he's indignant about.
    Marh: Are you people so far gone you can't tell when someone's trying to help?
  • Chekhov's Gun: Why would they bother so much to make Dr. Phil Lawson go hrough the ID tests?
  • Classified Information
    • After retrieving the Vision, everything about her and Gah Lak Tus was classified information of the highest level.
    • Sam has to call the woman "Black Widow, because he's not cleared for real names.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Basic NASA engineering doctrine, meaning they've got a nice backup Asis to lure the Kree troops in.
  • Deadly Euphemism: "Disavowed" is a Kree euphemism for "turned into protein sludge".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Pretty much everyone. Warren Ellis is writing, after all. Carol Danvers in particular is a veritable desert of snark on her own.
    Thor: You, military-industrial drone woman, fetch me a beer.
    Danvers: Certainly, sir. How far up your ass do you want it?
    Thor: Well, I was thinking a keg, so...
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Subverted. The scientists are taking their seats, but Lawson is taking his sweet time to do so, because he's "just looking at her". Carol Danvers? No, the Asis ship, in the window right behind her.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: The warning released by Vision is seen all across the world, in all forms of media.
  • Downer Beginning: The video of the dying aliens that starts everything.
  • Epic Fail: Ton Stark, rich billionaire Casanova, tries flirting with Sue Storm. She completely brushes him off.
    Iron Man: Some people think my armor is... cool.
    Sue Storm: You should definitely find someone like that, then.
    Iron Man: (slumping) I'll just be going over there.
  • Eye Poke: What can Sam, a mere human being, do against Colossus, a man of living steel? Well, take advantage that his eyes are not made of steel, otherwise he shouldn't be able to see.
  • Fantastic Rank System:
    "My name is Geheneris HalaSon Mahr Vehl, rank of Pluskommander, officer of the Kree Void Navy. Pluskommander is a rank roughly analogous to Captain"
  • Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: After WWII, the Russians increased their work in the bunker, trying in vain to make some viable super soldiers from it. Captain was dead (or so it seemed at the time), but they had no guarantee that the US could not eventually replicate the process and create more like him.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Yahn-Rahg went mad after reading the Gah Lak Tus files. And yet apparently the Kree didn't see any problem leaving him in charge of a spaceship.
  • Humans Are Warriors: After the victory against Gah Lak Tus, Fury proudly declares that humans can defeat anyone.
  • Intrigued by Humanity: Why Marh-Vell decides to help us. We've got Lost, and Pearl Jam and Krispy Kreme donuts.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Marh-Vell has to suffer one of those after being captured, when Nick Fury refuses to believe him.
  • Jerkass: Hawkeye spends all of Ultimate Secret moaning and sulking about these stupid superheroes and aliens and kids and how they're all going to get him killed. Sue Storm eventually gets fed up of his attitude, and tells him to shove it.
    Sue: We're not professionals, and if being professionals means being like you, we don't want to be!
  • Killer Robot: Kree Killforms.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: When "Ultimate Nightmare" was first released, it was not marketed as a story about Galactus in any way, so when the Vision says what was it all about, it was a genuine surprise for the audience. Now, with the three miniseries sold as the "Ultimate Galactus Trilogy", it is no surprise that it involves Galactus.
  • The Main Characters Do Everything:
    • Discussed, during Ultimate Nightmare. The small Ultimate force would need a science guy, but Fury cites many reasons for not calling Tony Stark this time. Fortunately, he has other science guys in the payroll, such as Sam Wilson.
  • Mr. Exposition: Wolverine doesn't know what had happened in Tunguska a century ago, so Collosus explains it to him.
  • Mythology Gag: Professor X attacks Gah-Lak-Tus with the mental might of all humanity behind him, much like how his mainstream counterpart drove off the Z'nox in the 60s.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Sue Storm accuses Reed of enjoying the thought of something going around killing civilisations in the crib.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Captain Marh-Vell stops the Kree killbot and saves the prototype of the ASIS... and gets locked in an interrogation chamber as a result, with plastic explosives strapped to his neck just in case he tries something.
  • Not Me This Time: When that random mom sees the video of aliens dying, she thinks it's a Heavy Metal video. They shouldn't allow this stuff on TV!
  • Nightmare Fuel: The video of the dying aliens is an in-universe example.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Nick Fury did not go through the Cold War, and in fact end the Cold War, to accept a massively destabilizing terrorist comunications attack emerge from Russia!
  • Plug 'n' Play Technology: The Russian bunker has an 80s keypad stuck on a 60s computer system. According to Sam, the Russians did that stuff all the time. "Take two things that work and nail them toguether".
  • Poor Communication Kills: Sam Wilson openly calls the X-Men "morons" for charging into this on the belief there was a mutant psychic without even bothering to turn on the TV and see if anything else was happening in the world. He lampshades how the X-Men are so tied into their own mission of protecting mutants that it doesn't occur to them there's more to the world.
  • Power Floats: Jean Grey levitates while she takes down the door bunker all by herself, thanks to her Phoenix power.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation
    • Ellis redesigned Galactus as a Hive Mind because he did thought that a giant man with a purple helmet would not fit the grounded tone of the Ultimate universe.
    • Captain Marvel's suit is the original suit (the least known one, white and green Kree military uniform) with Tron Lines.
  • Properly Paranoid: As Marh points out, Danvers never trusted him when she thought he was human. As Carol retorts, she didn't trust him because she thought he was a flake, not an alien spying on mankind.
  • Slasher Smile: Carol Danvers looks way too enthusiastic about handing Marh over to the scientists for an old fashioned vivisection.
  • Starts with a Suicide: The video of the dying aliens caused countless suicides.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Discussed by Hawkeye, to Reed Richards, when boarding the Kree vessel. He kills, Tony kills, Marh almost certainly kills, but Reed and Sue do not. Later on, Nick mentions that Johnny and Ben only beat up the Kree soldiers they fought, as opposed to everyone else. So he'll have them burnt once the Fantastic Four aren't looking.
  • The Tunguska Event: It was caused by Vision landing on Earth.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: The video of the dying aliens really knows how to get a point across, but does not really say much that might be actually useful. "No. No escape. No escape. It comes. And there's no escape. All the stars got out. You are already dead. It comes and you are all dead. We are all dead. Listen. There is only death for you. There is only small life. Then there is this. We he I send this tell this warn this. There is only horror now. There is only death now"
  • We Come in Peace Shoot to Kill: Vision came to earth to warn humanity about Galactus. The Russians stored her in a bunker, and tried to create super soldiers by removing parts from her and implanting them into people. All those experiments have Gone Horribly Wrong.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Hawkeye refuses to see the Kree as people, and eagerly murders them with no remorse. When Marh points out they are people, and he's one of them, Hawkeye retorts "you'll die like people too".
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Nick Fury points out that they can either hear the ravings of that Russian Captain America expy, or just shoot him and get on with the mission. Cap refuses: this guy has been waiting 40 years to fight him, it would be rude to not kick his head in.