Marvel‘s kind of put the Ultimate universe through the loop. It seems like more heroes die in that particular branch of the multiverse than anywhere else graced with the Marvel name. Without naming names, let’s just say that a number of high profile superheroes have bit the dust. Captain America, however, has managed to stay alive. He’s not just alive, however, as it turns out he was just elected President. Seriously.
Following proudly in the Ultimate tradition of being completely out there, Cap’s been elected by a massive number of write-in votes. He’s still going to be out there, kicking butt and taking names, but now he’ll have the power of the executive branch behind him.
Why have Captain America assume the presidency, though? Sam Humphries, writer for the arc, and Axel Alonso, EIC of Marvel Comics, spoke with the Washington Post on the matter:
“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.”
The event starts this Wednesday, September 19th, and is covered in Ultimate Comics Ultimates #15-16.
(via The Washington Post)
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