It had to be Mysterio, didn't it?
They couldn't just let me be content with ignoring the Ultimate Comics universe in peace, like I'd done ever since Jeph Loeb's The Ultimates 3 killed the entire alternate reality for me. They had to make my favorite Spider-Man villain, good ol' fishbowled Quentin Beck, into the driving force behind the first ever crossover between the Marvel 616 and the Ultimate Comics universe. And now, I finally have to pay attention again.
According to The USA Today, Mysterio has been breaching the divide between the 616 and the 1610 (that's the Ultimates code number, yo) regularly, and will be the common enemy that draws Peter Parker and Miles Morales together for the first time ever.
"Mysterio is up there with the most dangerous criminals that Spider-Man has come up against," writer Brian Michael Bendis said. "When I was a kid, I found some of his stories to be terrifying. It just got so personal. When he does his thing right, he delves in and gets deep into a psyche that doesn't deserve that kind of punishment."
Peter is going to come to the Ultimate universe, a world where he died in the line of duty, and meet the versions Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane Watson and his Aunt May who knew the teenaged boy who gave his life for heroism.
"Now we're in Christmas Carol territory. If done right, this is an emotional and powerful Spider-Man story that we haven't seen before," Bendis noted. "The real meat of the story is (Peter) meeting Aunt May and Gwen and MJ and discovering this world and what it means to him. You can't walk away from an interaction like that without being changed, and Miles being witness to it all is the best lesson he can learn."
Don't expect some crazy world-shattering crisis, though, as Bendis thankfully seems to have a different perspective here. "It doesn't have to build and build and build to some sort of crisis like comics usually do. It can just be this story hook that allows you this enhanced drama you wouldn't normally get that just leaves the characters defenseless to anything but their emotions. That is very appealing to me — as a reader, too."
And Mysterio's behind it all. That means I'll have to read it. And it'll be a hell of a headache if I have to go back and catch up on all the Ultimate madness I missed since it died for me.
Here's a look at the cover of Spider-Men #3.