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Possible Ultimate X-Men and Exiles spoilers.



In Exiles TPB #3 "Out of Time," the Exiles are kidnapped from their reality-hopping mission by Mojo. Originally, the Exiles assume that this is an alternate reality Mojo. Mojo says, "There are no alternate reality me's. Just one me. Only me. Just my unique, brilliant, gorgeous, hunk-of-saffron pultritude...All the times that you very fine, beautiful folks have visited my world or starred in my motion pictures...well, you starred for me. Mojoverse is a junction for all realities. All roads lead to Mojo."

If we can believe what Mojo says--and trust me he's the definition of an unreliable narrator--Mojoverse is its own reality, a dimension by itself such that anytime any X-people from any other reality get sucked into it, Mojoverse remains Mojoverse. Rather than being a side-pocket dimension locked onto each and every other dimension, replicating itself into a multitude of possibilities, Mojoverse is a dimension locked into all realities. (I believe that Limbo works in much the same way, given what we learn in the first Magik limited series in which 616 Illyana runs into a troupe of X-Men from another reality. But enough of that.)

The fact that Mojo and Mojoverse remain the same for all other realities should dictate that the other players of Mojoverse--Spiral, Longshot, Major Domo, etc.--are also unique and remain the same throughout all other realities because they were all created by Mojo himself. Mojo genetically constructed Longshot and Rita and Major Domo to either serve him or star in his movies. As revealed in one of the many journeys to Mojoverse--an Excalibur one, I believe--Rita Ricochet worked with Longshot in the rebellion. But when Longshot left her in Mojoverse, she allowed herself to be genetically altered into the six-armed, mystical, maniacal Body Shoppe running Spiral. But, once again, we have conflicting reports as sometimes she works on her own and, at others, she is a pawn of Mojo. But, still, given what Mojo asserted regarding his dimension, all Mojos, Longshots, Spirals, being created by Mojo should be the same no matter what alternate reality they end up in whether it be Earth 616, AoA (which could be argued to also be outside of the Omniverse save for the fact that it is a splinter reality from 616, Blink is from it and the Exiles have teleported to it), Days of Future Past, etc. They should be the constants in the equation.

Yet this theory is smashed when we get to Ultimate X-Men TPB #11 "The Most Dangerous Game" wherein we come across an albino, fat man named Mojo Adams running a reality show in which criminal mutants are stuck on an island and hunted down. With him are a human Major Domo, an alternate reality Spiral (who appears to simply be a mutant with six arms and teleportation powers rather than a genetically altered, manufactured humanoid) and a man named Arthur Centino who possess a mutant luck ability, a shining star effect around his eyes and, for all intents and purposes, is this reality's Longshot. Except that it shouldn't work that way.

And this is where I have to wonder whether the writers of Ultimate simply decided to ignore the precedent that was supposed to be set by Mojo's statement in the previously quoted Exiles story or if this is something altogether different. Because Ultimate isn't so much an alternate universe as it is an alternate way of looking at things. Thus far, we have seen no evidence that the Ultimate world is linked to the other realities in any way. Perhaps Ultimate exists outside the fabric of the established framework of Marvels alternate reality formula. The best way to answer this would be to determine whether or not there is a Captain Britain figure running around Ultimate. The basis of Captain Britain comes from the fact that all realities are tied into the Otherworld, which trains and provides the power for the Captain Britain Corps that are strung out through the different realities of the Omniverse. (Thank you Excalibur LS #1.) So thusly, all the worlds that the Exiles jump through and that Mojoverse is tired to must be part of this Omniverse.

So the only way that the writers of Ultimate X-Men are not faulty in their creation of new versions of Mojo, Spiral and Longshot is if the Ultimate world exists outside of the Omniverse. In order to answer that question, we have to determine whether or not there is a Captain Britain in the Ultimate universe. Ultimate Betsy appears in TPB #3, "World Tour", in which she is a British agent of S.T.R.I.K.E. and a telepath. Joining forces with the X-Men in order to stop Charles' son, David MacTaggert Xavier, she is possessed by him and then killed. We meet James Braddock Sr. (although there is no yet evidence of James Jr.) at the funeral, but there is no mention of Captain Britain. Following the defeat of Magneto in TPB #6 "Return of the King", James Braddock returns to the mansion to celebrate the reopening of the school but has Betsy, now possessing the body of a "comatose" woman named Kwannon, and her brother Brian in tow. James states, "It's [speaking of a European Defense force] something of a family project my son Brian and I have been putting together as the European Union's answer to The Ultimates. Come over here and I'll show you the early costume designs we've been working on..." But James, Brian and Charles wander off and rather than following them, the scene switches to Piotr apologizing for having to kill Betsy. So there is still no conclusive evidence (at least in the Ultimate X-Men TPBs) about whether or not Captain Britain exists in this reality.

But if the Ultimate universe is separated from the Omniverse and the Mojoverse, then it stands to serve that it is also separated from Limbo. However, Kurt can still teleport and this power of his works because he is able to shunt himself into an alternate dimension. It has never been established whether this dimension is the same for all of the realities or not. It could be that the existence of Nightcrawler creates a side-dimension strictly for the purpose of him being able to teleport. A rather grandiose mutant power, but that's one way that it could work. That said, perhaps the existence of these alternate versions of Mojo, Spiral, Longshot, etc. is a way for the Ultimate reality to repair itself after having been severed from the side-pocket dimensions that it should be attached to. Meaning that while the Ultimate X-Men are incapable of traveling to Mojoverse, they still have a Mojo villain to face. If a Captain Britain ever emerges, that would shatter this entire thing to pieces and make it simply a slop job of the writers not following precedent established in other comics.

One wonders what this whole thing will mean for Illyana. If there is no connection to Limbo, then there is no way for her to become trapped there and learn her mystical powers. There is also no reality for her to use as a way stop during her teleportation. Though it does not look as though she necessarily needs a way-station. The version of Magik who was with The Exiles did not seem to have a way-station when she teleported so maybe 616 Illyana's use of Limbo during teleportation was strictly related to the fact that two-fifths (one soul spot on the pentagram was Storm's soul essence) of her soul was connected to that side reality. Thereby, Ultimate Illyana should be able to teleport but does not have to use Limbo. Or maybe this universe will create a separate Limbo the way it created a separate side pocket dimension for Nightcrawler. There's really no telling with Marvel.
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teza
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Dork.

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