Bleeding Cool has been warning you that something big was going to happen in the Ultimate universe. Something media friendly, something guaranteed to get column inches, to get people talking and popping into comic shops to see what all the fuss is about.
And now it's happened.
If you are anticipating tomorrow's Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates, and it's massive media affecting story, get off the internet. You won't make it through until tomorrow without spoilers. You also should stay away from the newspapers, the radio, the TV, talking to anyone who knows you like comics. The Washington Post has kicked things off this morning, with an agreed release with Marvel Comics, and we are going to repeat the spoiler below. You have been warned.
Recently in the Ultimate Comics universe of titles, we have seen America destroyed, ripped asunder into warring groups of states, and general anarchy inbetween. The kind of "what if" stories that are sometimes told, in this case played out over several issues. It's the closest thing to DMZ Marvel have ever got to.
And in the next issue of Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates out tomorrow, parallelling the current American political climate, Captain America, or rather the Ultimate Comics version of him, a strong conservative right winger from the nineteen forties, amidst a power vacuum, becomes President Of The United States.
And he wins on a write-in ballot.
The newspaper reports;
"We wanted to dramatize an extreme version of what we see in America today," Ultimates writer Sam Humphries says. "In the face of all [this] divisiveness, what do we have in common? What does it mean to be an American? What can we agree on? And what makes America the place that it is?"
And what are the consequences, Humphries asks, of "the nation dissolving in front of our eyes?"
"This is a United States that's being torn asunder by special interest groups — by opportunists looking to divide and conquer," Marvel Entertainment Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso says in an exclusive to The Washington Post. "This is a metaphor for what goes on in real life, but on steroids."
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #15 and Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates #15 are published tomorrow. It is likely the spoiler will be the cliffhanger to the latter , feeding into the next issue, #16, with its new cover above.
What role Iron Patriot will now play waits to be seen…