You can't save the world alone
"Ultimate Marvel Team-up" was one of the earliest comics in the Ultimate Marvel
universe. With the recent success of Ultimate Spider-Man
, the series was used for some World Building
of the new universe, providing team-ups of Spider-Man and the ultimate version of other Marvel characters. Some of those versions stuck; others were later ignored.
Tropes in this comic
- All There in the Manual: This and the Ultimate Spider-Man Super Special that closed out the series acted as such, and they contained Ultimate Spidey's first run-ins with the Lizard, Black Widow, Blade, Daredevil, Elektra, 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 "Double Trouble" (the initial Doctor Octopus/Kraven arc of the main Ultimate Spider-Man series).
- Big Good: Spider-Man can not deal with the Hulk all by himself, just delay him a bit. That work is for Ross and his soldiers.
- Canon Discontinuity: Marvel has declared that certain issues of this series and Ultimate Spider-Man Super Special aren't canon to the main Ultimate universe, mostly due to the depiction of Iron Man's origins and the Fantastic Four and Dr. Doom being closer to the classic versions than the actual ones from Ultimate Fantastic Four.
- Chekhov's Gun: Hulk reverts to Banner, and meets Spider-Man for a couple of moments before Ross come after him. He ranted that "it's all conected". At the moment, it seemed like the typical Conspiracy Theorist rantings. Then, Ultimate Origins expanded on it.
- Conflict Ball: In the first issue, Wolverine is waiting at the train station, and Sabretooth shows up and attacks him, just because.
- Continuity Nod: The photo at the Daily Bugle in issue 2 is the cover of Ultimate Spider-Man #1.
- Decoy Protagonist: The role of Spider-Man in the Punisher and Daredevil arc is minimal. It may be argued that he's there just because he's supposed to be the protagonist, because his role could have been completely avoided.
- Didn't Think This Through: Spider-Man saves Wolverine from Sabretooth, but for all he knew, Wolverine may have been the bad guy back there.
- Early Installment Weirdness
- Nick Fury appears in his Caucasian design, not the famous one based on Samuel Jackson.
- The Fantastic Four appear, and Dr. Doom is referenced, before being introduced and getting their powers in Ultimate Fantastic Four.
- Patsy Walker appears as a TV hostess, unrelated to her role in the Defenders.
- The Thing mentions Galactus, years before the coming of Gah Lak Tus during the Ultimate Galactus Trilogy (and even then, it was Classified Information), and almost a decade before the actual Galactus shows up in Cataclysm: The Ultimates' Last Stand.
- The Kree and the Skrull are from the Negative Zone
- Hidden in Plain Sight: Wolverine points that the odd thing about mutants is that anyone can be a mutant, even the man in the street talking to you.
- The Meddling Kids Are Useless: When Spider-Man visits the Fantastic Four, he accidentally releases a Skrull invasion. He puts on a fight, but the Skrulls are finally defeated by Reed Richards.
- Mythology Gag: One Skrull says "I can't believe we fell for that Monsters of Earth thing". That was the ending the Fantastic Four #2, the first appearance of the Skrulls, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
- No Fourth Wall: Issue 9, with the Fantastic Four, and a whole fight inside the premises of Marvel Comics.
- Not Me This Time: A green monster is attacking the city? Then it's time to take Norman Osbourne down again. Oh, wait, it's the Hulk...
- Team-Up Series: The main premise
- Undesirable Prize: "Whoo Hoo! I won a get yourself drawn into a Marvel Comics contest! I rule! Yay me!!" And then, the Skrulls vaporize the guy with their death rays.
- Worst News Judgment Ever
- Issue 2 has a Daily Bugle, with the fight between Wolverine, Sabretooth and Spider-Man in the cover, titled "Spider-Man: Menace?". In another sector, as a secondary and less interesting piece of news, "Sentinels take N.Y.".
- And then, Jonah and Robertson get in a discussion about an article about the mutant scare, and completely ignored Ben Urich, who was trying to say that a general called him and warned him that a destructive monster known as Hulk is heading to the city.