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Subj: Ultimatum+Spidey (mild spoiler for Ultimatum #1 + future USM spoilers)- Bendis' interview
Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 at 06:49:16 pm EST

From his Cup O Bendis column:

BB: Ultimatum is Jeph's project through and through. But I was also there for the machinations of it, because the point of it was to re-invent the Ultimate Universe and incorporate all the elements of the Ultimate Universe. Previously, because of scheduling, most Ultimate Universe events weren't referenced in Ultimate Spider-Man. I didn't know when things were shipping, and I was always terrified of spoiling an Ultimates run, so I just ignored it—I felt it was the best thing I could do.

But now, when the Ultimatum wave hits, that wave is hitting Spider-Man's world and Spider-Man's cast and Spider-Man's house. We worked very closely on following Ultimatum's lead, and then finding other cool stuff to do in Ultimate Spider-Man. When Ultimate Spider-Man 129 hits, you'll see the wave hit, and how it affects all the characters.

On Kitty Pryde, I can't say much without spoiling Ultimatum, but I will say that Kitty's role will change after Ultimatum. Almost everyone's role will change dramatically. There's gonna be a new supporting cast, there may even be a new Spider-Man.

JM: What? What? A new Spider-Man?

BB: It's gonna be Luke Cage, of course.

BlindjoeTurkeyhead asks:

Hey BMB, just wondering if we can expect any new Ultimate first appearances in upcoming months in Ultimate Spider-Man. Seems like there are fewer of them now than there were earlier in the book.

BB: Yeah, there was a little bit of a concerted effort to tone that down. It felt kind of like it was "Ultimate Character of the Month" there every month for a couple of years to the point where it just wasn't special any more. It runs the risk of becoming the same joke over and over again, unless you have a really spectacular revamp in the works. So we've waited until we had something really special to do with Mysterio, who we just debuted in the Annual. And he'll be a major, major part of the book come the relaunch.

My notes: I'm a bit worried about Kitty being involved in Ultimatum, or really any of the supporting cast. However, it looks like Bendis is trying to take Loeb'"ideas" and turn them into something useful. And it looks like USM might get back to "must have every month" instead of "it's okay/pretty good every month"

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