WARNING: This piece contains spoilers for Age of Ultron #10 and some opinions that you might not agree with.

Spinning out of the pages of Marvel’s ten part event, Age of Ultron comes Marvel’s next “Next Big Thing”, but just how big are we talking about here? What can possibly be bigger than the threat of The Avengers greatest foe, Ultron? Only the world eater himself, Galactus!

Missing in the pages of Marvel funny books for a while, the devourer of worlds has been sucked back into the middle of things once more. Due to the multiverse collapse of Age of Ultron #10, Galactus and his heralds now find themselves within the Ultimate Universe. In an event that will change the face of the (Ultimate) universe as we know it, Brian Michael Bendis and Jonathan Hale Fialkov bring you Hunger, a story set over four issues starting this July .

What can we expect now that Galactus has “landed” in the Ultimate Universe? And why Galactus in the first place? Fialkov explained as part of the “Next Big Thing” press call earlier today:

[quote]“I’m a huge, huge Jack Kirby nut. I love a lot of what he created, and I especially love Galactus. Galactus is all over my office. The Ultimate Universe has seen its fair share of crazy stuff…but everything they’ve seen have logical roots. Yes, there’s been giant spaceships in the air, but seeing that after you see a man fly in an iron suit isn’t that crazy. What I hope comes across is the sense of wonder that’s being brought into the Ultimate Universe with the smart, modern tone Brian has established.”[/quote]

As an avid Kirby collector and fan, this can mean good things if handled correctly. Galactus is one of those all mighty, greatly powerful characters, who somehow

always manages to be defeated in very simple ways. With the sheer power that Galactus commands and the lack of Super Powered beings on Ultimate Earth, this should be a breeze for the hungry purple giant, right?

The Ultimate Universe has been slowly decreasing output across the line over the past few years, largely due to the Ultimatum event of 2008/9. We are now left with Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Ultimates and Ultimate Comics X-Men and the occasional miniseries. But it seems that this summer event is a plan to kickstart the Ultimate U and breath new life into the line.

Recent plot threads of Ultimate Spider-Man came into question at the call, and the possibility of introducing more characters into the Ultimate Universe. Bendis said in reference to Miles Morales:

[quote]“He becomes a very important lynch pin in the future of the Ultimate Universe, the issue of Ultimate Spider-Man that came out yesterday with the introduction of Cloak and Dagger shows that we’ve got a lot of characters to introduce yet.”[/quote]

More characters in the Ultimate U can only be a good thing, it’s time for a revamp of a line that has become a little tired, and a little too much of “we’ve seen this before.” The addition of Galactus and the very real danger and threat he brings to these characters can only mean a very interesting turn for the Ultimate U. Personally speaking, anything that is different than Age of Ultron is good in my book, “Hunger” seems the be the only good thing to come out of that story, so far.  Im sure readers can agree, we don’t want big block buster moments and to be shocked at the turn of every page, we want good stories. Not much to ask at all, really.

There will be no tie ins for “Hunger”, but we are assured that the story will impact directly on the titles of the Ultimate Marvel U.

[quote]“The fallout from ‘Hunger’ is HUUUUGE.”[/quote]

We hope so, anyway.

“Hunger” #1 arrives in July from Marvel Comics. Below, we have some preview images from Hunger #1 by Leonard Kirk.

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