It'd be an understatement if I said not all of the titles from the UU were "winners" but if you're looking forward to the Avengers movie I HIGHLY recommend reading Ultimates 1 & 2
Anyway, here's some of the big-names in my favorite outfits:
- Hulk from Ultimates 1
- Giant Man from Ultimates 1
- Wasp from Ultimates 2
- Iron-Man pre-Ultimatum
- Thor from Ultimates 1
- Captain America from Ultimates 2
- Hawkeye from Ultimates 3
- Miles Morales as Spider-man
"I would actually love to see a story where everything is a bit less cynical, Hulk isn't a cannibal, Giant-Man isn't an abusive asshole, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch aren't into each other, and most of the team isn't horrifically killed off in the story that shall not be named."
This is something I said to someone else on this page, but I also wanted to say that I am actually a decent fan of the first 2 Ultimates books. I just have my fair share of problems with them, and not just in terms of characterization.
Look, I have no problem with putting these characters in a world that's more grounded in reality. But "realistic" is NOT the same as what Millar and Hitch did with the characters. There's a way to make them more flawed without taking those flaws to such extremes. And things certainly didn't need to get so needlessly dark later on (looking at you, Jeph Loeb, and your story that shall not be named).
Besides, I don't see how making the Hulk a cannibal or the Maximoff twins incestuous makes them more human.