With Marvel Comics' Ultimate Universe "Cataclysm" event by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley set for November, speculation has run wild as to the future of the Ultimate line. Unsubstantiated rumors have even begun circulating that Galactus' appearance in the Ultimate Universe following "Age of Ultron" may spell the end for the line entirely.
Although Bendis did not comment on the rumors directly, the writer did post on his personal tumblr about his intent for "Cataclysm" (saying, "I will tell the story worth telling"), spoilers and the comics press.
Please allow me to not comment on unsubstantiated rumors and let us tell our story. and please believe me when I tell you that I have been working on the ultimate universe for 14 years. as important as it is to some of you it is doubly doubly doubly important to me. if not more so. and I promise you that I will not let you down and I will tell the story worth telling.
can you imagine if there were someone at your job who just decided it was their job to spoil everything that you do? and if they can’t spoil it they just make something up?
that is what it’s like to try to tell a decent story for this generation of mainstream comic book creators. see, if we deny the rumor, we give them hits, which is all they want, and if we don’t deny it, we make it true and give them hits. which is all they want.
so no matter what I do, I lose. and no matter what I do they win.
i just want to tell a fucking story without this barnacle on my ass. and, yes, i know, just mentioning them causes them to start masturbating. I know I’m not helping myself but i just want to be clear where i stand with this.
what’s funny to me is that no matter how many times these stupid websites are wrong, and they are wrong about half the time, people still believe what they read. and I’m not just talking about rich’s website.
Last week in an interview, Bendis and fellow Ultimate Comics scribe Joshua Hale Fialkov discussed "Cataclysm" and a bit of what to expect from the Ultimate Universe event series.
"What I can promise you is a very important, heart-wrenching story for the Ultimate Universe," Bendis said last week. "As has always been our best foot forward in the Ultimate Universe, our best stories have always been the ones where you, the reader, go, 'Wow, I’ve never seen that before.' It’s literally filled with things that will elicit that response. I’m only being vague about the ending because I don’t want to spoil what hopefully will be something people haven’t seen before and will be exciting for people. For longtime Ultimate Universe fans, there’s a lot there for you that’s been building for a while, and, if you’ve just stumbled in and out, it’s a big giant Marvel Universe story and it’s pretty important to all these characters going forward."
"Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand" #1 hits stores in November.