in 2002 Mark Mllar and Bryan Hitch redesigned the character to resemble Samuel L. Jackson
Jackson was unaware of the redesign but after seeing the character he contacted Marvel to secure the role of Fury in all future movies
Fury fought for the U.S. during World War II. Arrested by military police during a looting attempt, he was chosen as the next test subject for the U.S. government’s Project: Rebirth. The serum not only gave Fury low level super-human strength and agility but has also reduced his aging, allowing him to remain active despite being nearly 80 years old at the start of The Ultimates.
Fury serves for years in the military, and eventually becomes the Director of SHIELD. SHIELD’s main priority at the start of The Ultimates is the resurrection of the super-soldier program as well as creating a task force to combat posthuman threats.
Fury acted as the commander of the Ultimates, sharing active field leadership with Captain America. He is a shrewd tactician and strategist, and an excellent combatant.
Fury, much like his 616 counterpart, has been shown to be rather morally ambiguous and is willing to resort to underhanded tactics in order to achieve his goals. He is a staunch patriot, but he believes that it is in the best interest of the United States if he is head of SHIELD.
Sue Storm was born to Dr. Franklin Storm and Dr. Mary Storm. She also has a younger brother, Johnny.
That’s sexist, mom.
Like her scientist parents before her, Sue showed her brilliance at a young age, creating a rocket with a sugar engine at age 8 that damaged the family car. Her mother died when she and Johnny were still young (or did she) and Sue stepped up to help care for her younger brother.
When we meet Sue she is living in the Baxter Building, a government think tank and school for gifted young people run by her father.
When they meet Sue is an intellectual match to Reed Richards, though she finds through the course of her studies that her area of expertise is biology and “inner space”. Still, she generally has little trouble keeping up with Reed and they encourage each other in their studies and work together when the task is appropriate.
She and Reed and Victor Van Damme work together on Reed’s inter-dimensional portal. Victor secretly changes the calculations on the machine, and as a result he, Sue, Johnny, Reed, and Ben Grimm are caught in the portal.
They are tossed through the N-Zone and come out all over the world. Susan ends up in Las Vegas but is kidnapped by their old teacher, Dr. Molevic, before she wakes.
The accident transforms Sue’s physiology so that she is able to make herself invisible. She can also create force fields at will, as shown below.
Sue can also fly, and lift and carry others in her fields.
Sue really shines throughout this series. She is the most stable and practical member of the team, and keeps Reed in check as best she can. She struggles sometimes to understand him, and they mis-communicate a fair amount. He tends to ignore her (and everyone) in favor of his work, and later in the series actively pushes her away because he is so caught up in his project. Eventually she tires of being ignored/neglected and ends the relationship.
Sue is fearless and inventive in battle. While many consider her powers to be defensive, in this universe she uses her force fields very offensively. She uses them to bludgeon, entrap, and slice her enemies. She’s also used her powers to blind her enemies (turned their optic nerves invisible), suffocate them, and killed Marvel Zombie universe Reed by putting a field in his brain and popping it.
During Ultimatum and in Ultimate Doomsday we see Sue and Ben becoming close. They are currently engaged.
Sue has recently made appearances in Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates. She is also shown in upcoming previews so keep reading for more Sue!
This five issue arc is a crossover between the 616 and 1610 (Ultimate) universes by Brian Michael Bendis. 616 Peter Parker finds himself in the world of the Ultimates, where his counterpart was killed only months before, and someone new is web-slinging around the city. This story focuses a little more on Peter than Miles, but it’s an important point for Miles as he gets a chance to meet the hero whose legacy he is striving to uphold.
It’s a fun story with some real emotional points and super hot ult Tony Stark, identity shenanigans and alternate universe crack in general. Highly recommend this arc!
Johnny is the son of Dr. Franklin and Dr. Mary Storm. He has an older sister, Susan Storm, who he is close to despite their many differences. Johnny’s mother died when he was very young, leading him to rely heavily on his sister as they grew up. His family lives in the Baxter Building, where Dr Storm runs a government think tank/school for young people of exceptional intelligence.
Unlike his parents and sister, Johnny really does not have a head for science or school in general. He often feels out of place and misunderstood by his father, who he gets into disagreements with frequently. Although he’s not involved in the scientific side of the preparations, Johnny is right beside his sister and friends when they attempt to beam an apple into an alternate dimension, the N-Zone. Thanks to their friend Victor Van Damme changing the settings on the machine secretly, the teleport engulfs Johnny, his sister, Reed Richards, Victor, and Reed’s best friend Ben Grimm. They are taken through the N-zone and reappear all over the globe.
The accident leaves Johnny with the ability to burst into flame without damaging himself. He can use this ability to fly and to throw fire at enemies.
Going a little beyond “not a genius”, Johnny is somewhat lacking in the intellect department and often appears vapid and shallow. However, he is very devoted to his friends and family and never shies away from heading into danger for the sake of others.
He’s exceptionally good-looking and enjoys being the center of attention.
Sadly I did not feel Johnny was very thoroughly developed in the Ultimate Fantastic Four series. His lack of involvement in the science end of things (with Sue and Reed) is partly to blame, and also his age. The whole team is quite young, Reed and the others are only around age 21 when the accident occurs, but Johnny appears to be 3-5 years younger than Sue, leaving him only a teenager when he gains his powers.
Johnny is reckless and headstrong, willfully jumping into situations without fear. Though he has a reputation for being full of himself and exudes confidence, he occasionally reveals he feels his “dumb ass” is worth less than the lives of others. He feels out of place in the brainiac culture of the Baxter building. Though he later joins the X-men, he always feels like a bit of an outsider there as well. This doesn’t stop him from doing what he feels is right, though, and putting himself into a dangerous position in order to protect the defenseless.
To my knowledge, he appears a fair amount in Ultimate Spider-man volume 1 (his first appearance is in issue 68, where the Four convince him to go and finish getting his high school diploma), befriending Peter and company as they all attend Midtown High together.
(everything is attracted to Johnny!)
Ultimatum is a big change for Johnny. I DO NOT suggest reading it, but suffice it to say the event finds our hero arguing about his future with his father, when NY is swept by a devastating flood. They’re both swept away, and Dr. Storm is killed. Overcome by regret and grief, feeling more out of place than ever, Johnny leaves the Baxter Building and lives with (Aunt) May and Peter Parker, Bobby Drake, and Gwen Stacey.
After Peter’s death, Johnny (dyes his hair black and) moves into the Morlock tunnels beneath NY with Bobby, Kitty Pryde, and later Jimmy Hudson (son of Wolverine) and Rogue. When Kitty and the other mutants leave to instigate a mutant rebellion, Johnny decides to stay in the tunnels to protect the group of abandoned mutant children they are leaving behind.
However, the tunnels are raided and we lose track of Johnny for a number of issues. We saw him last in Ultimate Comics: Ultimate X-men #18,
Nothing further on his whereabouts has come to light. (We are now on issue 25…still waiting on resolution and answers. I really, really love this damn kid and I am horribly worried about him. Pardon my hand-wringing.)
“Well the way I see it, clearly, I’ve gone apeshit insane. Or I’m in a coma having some fantasy dream or something– So, guess I might as well be the hero in it.”
Ben Grimm - 1610 (Ultimate) Universe bio
Ben Grimm is Reed Richards childhood friend and neighbor. He’s a star on their middle school football team, and looks out for Reed as best he can, chasing off bullies. He’s a regular face around the Richards house, hanging out with Reed and getting homework help from his young friend. He doesn’t often understand Reed’s designs and experiments, but he’s supportive and loyal regardless.
We don’t hear anything from Ben once Reed goes to the Baxter building, until he shows up at the test site in Nevada. Reed is 21 and Ben is presumably a few years older, but they’ve obviously kept in touch and Ben is overjoyed to witness his friends achievement.
Of course, things don’t go as planned that day, and Ben reappears in this dimension in Mexico City. He is Not Pleased with the way he’s changed.
Though troubled by the changes and their effect on his life (he’s not allowed out of the Baxter building for a good long while, and when he is, people are generally horrified by him), Ben does take some pleasure in being indestructible and having an excuse to hit things really, really hard.
Of the Four, Ben is the most unhappy with what’s happened, and Reed devotes himself (for a while) to finding a way to reverse what’s happened to him. In one prominent arc for the character, the team goes back in time to prevent the accident entirely, causing a cascade of events that leads to Earth being invaded by the Kree, with Ben (regular human Ben) the only one left to stop the invasion (Ultimate Fantastic Four #27-29).
Ben is the wiseguy and brute force of the team. He is not always terribly excited about the situations they find themselves in, but he’s fearless and fiercely loyal to his friends. Over time he befriends Johnny and Sue, although his relationship with Reed can be strained at times.
After Ultimatum, Sue and Ben deepen their friendship, being the only two of the Four remaining at the Baxter Building after the team falls apart. In Ultimate Comics: Doomsday (a trilogy of mini-series detailing Reed’s fall from grace) Ben seems to be, quite literally, falling to pieces, and undergoes a drastic transformation. He resumes his human form, with the ability to turn into a powered (glowy purple!) version of himself, where he retains his old powers of indestructibility and increased strength, while gaining a few more. We’re not told exactly what his new powers entail, but he is able to walk/break through Sue’s fields, and it is implied he is able to teleport. Sadly this new form has not yet been explored any further.
Ben is currently engaged to Sue Storm, and has taken on a job as a test pilot with the military. Though Sue has been appearing in recent Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates issues, Ben has not appeared since the end of Doomsday (Ultimate Doom #4). However, a new author on the series has stated his intent to bring Reed Richards back into play as a main character, so it is my hope we will be seeing more of Ben and the others in future issues, as the Four no longer have their own ongoing series.