i read somewhere a maybe a year ago (2012?) that marvel was planning on having Wolverine as the predictable character death for some event they were working on. I suspected it would be age of ultron but given that age of ultron had a substantial rewritting of its final 5 issues, i guessed marvel lost the balls (Marvel were gonna new 52 out of age of ultron originally). then Killable was announced and i thought "yep this is it, they remove his healing factor than 6 months later kill him".
Although i don't see how removing his healing factor will make an difference in the long run to the character, as pretty much every marvel superhero has the ability to heal super quickly from injuries.
Who knows but i would advice people if they don't like it, not to read it, alot of spiderman readers gave in kept reading superior spiderman which has allowed the gimmick to run on as long as it has.
@justin_blank: Bryan Hitch actually wrote and drew a few issues of a Ultimate Captain America mini series, where (at least from the art work) he's fighting terrorists in the middle east with Shield and US army (Very Ultimates 2 style), but Marvel said no because it suit the new tone of the ultimate universe. he posted a few pictures of it last year when he left marvel.
This actually makes me sick, how much further could the ultimate universe fall? No one at marvel gets what the ultimate universe was about anymore, not even bendis. it should of been killed off.
I know they officially ran out when they did Cliche driven Spidermen (the fact the latest issue of Ultimates last stand pulled the same nonsense was even more annoying)
I Guess The Ultimates 1 & 2 should now be treated as completely self contained, because there is no way those characters are same character we've got now
Its pretty ironic that Mark Millars and Bryan Hitchs Ultimates run is the most influential comic on marvel current universe and film series, yet in the ultimate universe the idea of flawed heroes, politics vs ethics and realist are forgotten in favour of punching a giant purple guy with a silly hat who speaks english.
Mark Millar never even implied it, the readers just naively assumed the fact they were very close meant they were having sex with each other, then Jeph Loeb made the readers sicks dreams a reality while butchering the ultimate universe
@iceslick: I guess you didn't read the whole "Call me Alex" speech
The point is simple, the fact that x-men are feared but the avengers, spiderman, F4 etc are not is like the elephant in the room, the x-mens plight for equality is pointless and destined to fail. Uncanny Avengers because of its anagram nature forces these issues up, Red Skull hates mutants but has mutant powers, Rogue hates the scarlet witch but rogue was never de-powered, rogue is iconically know for hated her mutant ability. these issues become to obvious to ignorable and being down the story.
all heroes are practically invincible, because they are protagonists of the story, thus they cannot die.
the only difference between say spiderman and superman is spiderman get injured a lot easier and more frequently so to build tension, because superman is all powerful its more difficult for writers to use an injured superman to build tension. but either way the results are the same... Spiderman wins, Superman wins.