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Ultimate Spider-Man, the comic books

  • Meta Example: What happened when Gwen died. The fanbase would not have it.
  • Nick Fury comes with a squad of Spider Slayers to take Peter, and the Fantastic Four arrive to help Peter.
    Mr Fantastic: Why don't you tell us what is going on here? Peter Parker has done nothing wrong.
    Nick Fury: Well, I'm kind of in the middle of a domestic military operation, Richards. So follow my direct order and go home!!
    Human Torch: Yeah, well, I have like three friends in the world. You aren't doing this to one of them.
    • From a follow-up issue, where MJ after being dosed with Oz recounts to the Fantastic Four that she still gets nightmares and flashbacks about her experience. Sue Storm tells them that those experiences are common after traumatic encounters and she shouldn't feel less so for having it. When MJ asks the Fantastic Four if any of them had it, Ultimate Thing openly admits to having it. Given that Ultimate Marvel is famous for making everyone jerks, it's nice to see the super-strong and super-tough Thing openly comforting a troubled girl about her experiences and sharing it compassionately. One of the most human moments in the entire series.
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  • Peter and MJ have "The Talk".
  • One of the most shocking and heartwarming moments comes from Ultimate Marvel Universe's Scrooge, J. Jonah Jameson. In the midst of Ultimatum, with New York destroyed by a tidal wave and countless thousands dead, Jameson and the Daily Bugle staff are holed up in a shelter in New Jersey. As everyone else is calling loved ones or despairing, Robbie approaches Jameson, who launches into a broken, melancholy speech about how he was completely wrong and Robbie had always been right. In the midst of the devastation, Jameson looked out of his office window to see Spider-Man dive into the flood to save a drowning woman, and the journalist was overcome with shame and self-loathing. Jameson, who is characterized by hubris, admits to his faults and proclaims Spider-Man a true hero. A Tear Jerker at the same time, seeing the man so broken and pitiful.
    • Later, in the Death of Spider-Man: Prelude arc, Jameson, who has learned Peter is Spider-man, confronts Peter in his office. Peter is sick with worry because he knows Jameson knows, and hadn't spoken with Jameson until now, hoping the problem would go away. But then:
    Jameson: I think you realize that if I was going to out you, I would have by now. I'm not. I'm not going to out you.
    Peter: I was hoping...
    Jameson: I thought about it. Oh, I thought about it. And it would sell me more papers and bring more business to this website than any other story on planet Earth... But it seems, after a little soul searching, that I discovered I would cut off my own hand before I would do that to you.
  • After Peter takes a bullet for Captain America (Who gave Peter a "The Reason You Suck" Speech over his lack of maturity the last time they spoke), Peter remarks that Cap must think he's a complete idiot for doing that. Cap responds by pointing out that Peter just took a bullet to protect someone else, and tells him that "when you grow up, you'll be the best out of all of us."
  • From the Death of Spider-Man. This image. Also a Tear Jerker.
    • Even more with what Uncle Ben said on the cover art version:
  • Peter's funeral in "Fallout". A city block and a half of spontaneous mourners, and likely more massed off-page.
    • Most especially, the little girl with the scar on her face who tells Aunt May "When I was little Spider-Man saved me from a fire so I didn't die." Living, breathing proof that beyond any shadow of doubt, Peter Parker was a hero. Just look at Aunt May's face when the little girl who was alive because of Peter asks her, "Do you need a hug right now?" Excuse me, I think I have something in my eye.
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    • Issue #2 shows us that Thor, while sad that Peter isn't among the living, smiles because he knows that Peter's soul has ended up where he deserves to be... The Heroes Banquet of Valhalla, the Ultimate Marvel version of Heaven for fallen heroes. What makes it extra heartwarming is that he's not the only hero there. Doubles as a Tear Jerker if you take it as Thor simply imagining things.
  • From Fallout 6, Nick Fury admitting to Mary Jane that he loved Peter and that it was his fault he died. Darn it, I think I have something in my eye again.
  • After Miles first gains spider-powers but before Peter dies, his first spontaneous act of heroism sees him, completely unmasked and without a costume, climb a burning building, drag a screaming, panicking and hysterical woman out of her window and toss her down to the crash mat, then duck inside the blazing apartment and leap out carrying a little girl (and her adorable puppy) in his arms. He hands her off to medics to receive oxygen before running away to throw up, but as he does she grabs his shirt and smiles at him, causing him to smile back. Even more poignant if you consider the above scene of the little girl at Peter's funeral, showing that Miles is already on the same path as Peter, simply doing good in the world.
  • After Spider-Woman takes Miles into S.H.I.E.L.D custody, Nick Fury & Tony Stark both call him out on wearing Peter's costume, as expected considering they both liked him. But who else does this? Hawkeye, whose few interactions with Peter involved Clint being a Jerkass to him.
    • In Cataclysm, Miles offers himself to go to the 616 Universe and get Reed Richards' help when told how dangerous the mission can be. If you look off in the side, you can see Clint crossing his arms and smiling as if he is proud of the kid for showing the same guts that he knew Peter had. It is a nice touch.
  • There's also the rather cute image of Nick Fury escorting Miles around the Triskelium, holding Miles' hand the whole time.
  • 616!Peter learning about his Ultimate counterpart's death — after stopping a mugging, the man Peter saved thanks him, but points out "That costume is in terrible taste" and when Peter tells him that he genuinely doesn't understand what he's talking about, he's told "We need all the heroes we can get but that was Peter Parker's. You really shouldn't be wearing it."
  • After finally seeing the proof of his Ultimate counterpart's death, Peter heads straight to May's house, where he naturally meets her and Gwen Stacy. Although the meeting is naturally painful and confusing to start, it gives May and Gwen a chance to find closure with the death of their own Peter, and see, even if though the proxy of 616 Peter, that he would've grown up all right.
    • It also gives 616 Peter a chance to find closure with the death of his universe's Gwen Stacy, making the whole thing twice as heartwarming.
  • Jessica's confession to Miles about why he needs to be Spider-Man as well as confiding in him the fact that she's a clone and has deeper issues.
  • Aunt May letting Gwen stay with her and Peter. Also a Tear Jerker.
  • In Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1, at least some of the cops seem to have fully embraced Spider-Man as a hero. When one cop sees Miles for the first time in his costume after his year-long retirement, he excitedly runs up to him and gives him a big hug, before saying that seeing Spider-Man's webs always means the police have a helping hand.
  • In Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Spider-man #2, Miles helps a kid find his father by webswinging across the city with the kid in the midst of the chaos. When Miles finds the parent, the parent gleefully thanks Miles for helping his kid and tells him that there is no way he could ever repay Miles for returning his son to him.
  • Bombshell, who was just told that she could not be a hero or use her powers or else she would be arrested, stopped a robbery from happening. She is so proud of herself. This was her first act as a superhero.
    Spider-woman: Nicely done.
    Bombshell: That was my—that was the first thing I have ever done as a superhero.
    Spider-woman: Is that right?
    Bombshell: First time.
    Spider-woman: It suits you.
  • Miles and Jessica start helping with people who survived in a plane crash. Jessica opens a hatch while Miles goes inside the plane to look for survivors. He finds one and it is J. Jonah Jameson. After Miles escorts him out of the plane and into immediate safety, JJJ promises to change Miles' life after this disaster is all over just like he did for Peter.
  • Ultimate Spider-man 200 is littered with heartwarming moments.
    • A moment that really stands out is when all of Peter's friends and loved ones start sharing their thoughts on what Peter might be doing if he were still alive. MJ imagines Peter fighting alongside the Ultimates, but what really adds to it is that in her Imagine Spot, Miles is there too. It's a really nice touch to an already heartwarming moment.
  • After the Green Goblin tries to kill Miles, Peter - who had previously freaked out at Miles for taking over as Spider-Man and beaten him up - intervenes, and tells Osborn that he's in for a world of hurt if he so much as touches "the president of [his] fan club".
  • Ultimate Peter Parker officially Passing the Torch to Miles Morales.
  • Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man #28 has a scene where Miles runs into some cops, who are absolutely thrilled to see him and shower him with praise, even when he says they used to "pull guns on him". It gets even more heartwarming when you consider that this line is being spoken by a black teenager in the wake of Fergusson.
  • MJ and Peter finally get their happily ever after. Their words to each other, "I get you back" which they repeat before they kiss again.
  • Peter Parker being Not Quite Dead. It's touching to see him reunite with his friends and family, and give Miles Morales his blessing, but it's also nice to see the character who started the Ultimate Marvel line get some closure and a happy ending after everything he's been through.
  • During Spider-Verse Miles and the Peter Parker from Ultimate Spider-Man drop in on the universe of Spider-Man (1967) to recruit that Spidey. At the end, as both Peters use their identities to convince Aunt May and J. Jonah Jameson about going out of town as cover for their dimensional hops, Miles unmasks and admits it wouldn't work with him. the 1967 Peter is shocked at Miles, making the Disney Ultimate Peter think he's being racist. Instead, the former is just shocked that Miles is just a high school kid, thinking he was older and showing that even this Peter has given his blessing.
  • At the end of Ultimate End, Miles wakes up to find his mother Rio trying to get him up. His first action is to hug her tightly, leaving her confused.
  • The end of Spider-Men II shows the Ultimate Marvel still up, and shows Ultimate Peter Parker as a member of the Ultimates, and maybe its leader. He and MJ are still together. Kong is returning from a service to the military, and while this might not be the last word on their story, it's as close to a happy ending this setting has provided any of its characters.


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