Fantastic Four (Earth-616)

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Fantastic Four


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Invisible Woman, Moon Girl, The Thing Mister Fantastic ; formerly Ant-Man

Current Member(s)

Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mister Fantastic, The Thing

Former Member(s)

Ant-Man, Black Panther, Crystal, Devil Dinosaur, Flux, Iceman, Medusa, Moon Girl, Ms. Thing, Namorita, Nova, Power Man, She-Hulk, She-Thing, Spider-Man, Storm

Affiliation and Identity




Alliance, Avengers, Bishop, Captain Marvel, Cassie Lang, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Dragon Man, Fantastix, Foggy Nelson, H.E.R.B.I.E., Hercules, Huntara, Inhumans, Lyja, Alicia Masters, Moondragon, Namor, New Fantastic Four, Nick Fury, Power Pack, Quasar, Silver Surfer, Storm, Wasp, Wyatt Wingfoot, Galactus, Ronan the Accuser, Secret Defenders X-Men, Formerly Future Foundation


Abraxas, Adolf Hitler, A.I.M, Air-Walker, Albert DeVoor, Alden Mass, Alpha Primitives, Anachronauts, Android Man, Annihilus, Apocalypse, Arcade, Arkon, Armadillo, Aron, Artabazus, Arthrosians, Attuma, Awesome Android, Ayesha, Baron Brimstone, Belasco, Beetle, Beyonder, Blastaar, Borers, Boss Barker, Bounty, Brain Parasites, Brute, Captain Barracuda, Celestials, Collector, Constrictor, Cotati, Crimson Cadre, Crucible, Crusader, Cult of the Negative Zone, Dangor, Darkoth, Demons, Destroyer, Desturi, Devos the Devastator, Diablo, Doctor Doom, Doctor Octopus, Doctor Sun, Dragon Man, Dreadface, Dutta, Ebon Seeker, Ego, Elementals of Doom, Eliminator, Empyre, Enclave, Fasaud, Fearsome Foursome, Firefrost, Flavius Scollio, Flb’Dbi, Frightful Four, Ftaghn Four, Futurist, Galactus, Gladiator, Gorr, Grandmaster, Graviton, Gregory Gideon, Grey Gargoyle, Guardsmen, Harek Korgon, Harvey Jessup, Hate-Monger, Hauptmann, Headbangers, Hidden Ones, Hulk, Hydro Man, Hyperstorm, Iconoclast, Immortus, Impossible Man, Indestructible One, Infant Terrible, Invincible Man, Janus, Kala, Kang the Conqueror, Klaw, Knights of Hades, Kosmos, Kraawl, Kraven the Hunter ( Alyosha ), Kubik, Landa, Lippy Louie, Live Wire, Living Laser, Lockdown, Lucia Von Bardas, Kree, Mad Thinker, Maggia, Magneto, Magus, Mahkizmo, Man-Ape, Man-Bull, Mandrill, Man Mountain Marko, Master Pandemonium, Maximus, Mephisto, Metalloid, Mindless Ones, Miracle Man, Modulus, Mole Man, Molecule Man, Moloids, Monocle, Monster Maker, Monster in the Street, Morgan Le Fay, Morrat, Mowfus, Mys-Tech, N’Astirh, Namor, Nathaniel Richards, Necrodamus, Nicholas Scratch, Nuwali, Occulus, Omega, Ootah, Overmind, Owl, Olympians, Plantman, Plunderer, Power Skrull, Press Gang, Priests of Pama, Project Survival, Psycho-Man, Punisher, Puppet Master, Quasimodo, Queen Dorma, Quicksilver, Red Ghost, Retrievers of Atlantis, Ruined, Salamandra, Salem ‘s Seven, Samurai Destroyer, Sandman, Scavenger, Seeker, Seekers, Senso, Sentry 459, Sentry 9168, Serpent, Servo-Guards, Shaper of Worlds, Shellshocker, Shocker, Skrulls, Slave-Master, Slugger Johnson, Solon Stabilizer, Sphinx, Starblasters, Stilt-Man, Stygorr, Super-Adaptoid, Super-Apes, Super-Skrull, Supreme Intelligence, Taranith Gestal, Technet, Tempus, Terminus, Ternak, Terrax, Terrible Trio, Texas Twister, Thanos, Thunderball, Thundra, Tiger Shark, Titania, Twisted Sisters, Tyrannoids, Tyrannus, Ultron, Witches of New Salem, Wizard, Wrecker, Wrecking Crew, Zorba Fortunov Umbra, Urchin, U.S Army Void, Warwolves, Whirlwind Zarrko, Zemu, Zius

Origin and Status


Four friends mutated by cosmic radiation banded together to battle evil and explore the universe.





Base of Operations

4 Yancy Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York


Moon Girl ‘s Secret Laboratory, Public School 20 Anna Silver, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York, New York ; Baxter Building, Manhattan, New York City, New York ; Manhattan, New York City, New York Four Freedoms Plaza ; Antarctic Laboratory; Pier Four

Place of Formation

Central City, California

Creators and Appearances


Stan Lee, Jack Kirby


Fantastic Four # 1
( August, 1961 )
The Fantastic Four ( FF ) are a team of adventurers who unintentionally received powers from “ cosmic radiation “ during a curtly trip to space. The team originally consisted of Reed Richards ( “ Mister Fantastic ” ), Reed ‘s girlfriend Sue Storm ( the “ inconspicuous Girl ” ), Susan ‘s brother Johnny Storm ( the “ Human Torch ” ), and their good friend Ben Grimm ( “ The Thing ” ). [ 8 ] Since gaining their powers, the group has stuck together and through many adventures, exploring new frontiers of the universe, [ 9 ] get the better of villains, [ 10 ] and defending worldly concern from intergalactic threats. [ 11 ] Throughout the years, the group evolved with Reed and Sue getting married, [ 12 ] and multiple members coming and going, [ 13 ] [ 14 ] [ 15 ] but the original 4 are distillery the face of the team. [ 15 ] up until recently, Reed, Susan ( now going by Invisible Woman ) and their kids were rebuilding the Multiverse after its break down due to the incursions, [ 16 ] but they have since returned and once again taken center stage as some of the most crucial defenders of the world. [ 15 ] [ 17 ]


This is an abridged version of Fantastic Four’s history. For a complete history see Fantastic Four’s Expanded History


The bright aeronautical engineer Reed Richards unwittingly created the Fantastic Four after deciding to make an unauthorized test flight into quad using an experimental faster-than-light rocket named the Marvel-1 of his own design. Reed ‘s plan was to use the ship to visit an Earth-like planet in a headliner system 44 lightyears away. [ 18 ] When Reed ‘s financiers began to lose interest in the project, Reed ‘s girlfriend Susan Storm and her younger buddy Johnny insisted on joining Reed on the fledge. Reed ‘s honest-to-god supporter Ben Grimm was convinced to pilot the rocket .
once in quad, the rocket passed through a storm of cosmic radiation sickness. Although train for them, the transport was met with an unexpected volume from the radiation and its shielding could n’t contain it. The craft crashed second toss off to Earth. Emerging from the ruins of the starship, they discovered the radiation had mutated their bodies and had given them remarkable new abilities. reed gained the ability to stretch his body and limbs, Johnny was able to fly and become engulf in flames he could control, and Sue was able to bend light around her body and become invisible. Ben gained incredible strength and lastingness, but his body was tragically transformed. He now had a muscular orange, rock-like hide. All four decided to use their powers to better humanity and founded the Fantastic Four. [ 8 ] individually they call themselves Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and the Thing. They are not superheroes in the traditional common sense, but rather explorers, facing whatever challenges that may arise as a family. The profits from Richards ‘ patents and royalties fund the team ‘s activities .

The early Years

function from Central City, California, the first menace the Fantastic Four were called upon to face was the Mole man and his ever changing cadre of monsters and sub-human races from below the Earth. [ 8 ] They were soon thrown into battle with the shape-shifting Skrulls, [ 19 ] the first of many alien menaces they would struggle in their long careers. The team moved to the Baxter Building, their New York headquarter, and established themselves as mainstream superheroes. Falling out with his teammates after a conflict with the Miracle Man, [ 20 ] Johnny left the group and encountered the World War II hero Namor, the Sub-Mariner living as an amnesic in a flop house. Recognizing Namor from comic books, Johnny dropped him into the ocean, hoping to restore his memory. The plan worked, but after Namor found Atlantis in ruins, he declared war on humanity. Johnny rejoined the Fantastic Four and together they drove Namor back into the sea. [ 21 ] He remained their rival for awhile, vying for the affection of Sue Storm. [ 22 ] Reed ‘s former college rival Victor von Doom returned as Doctor Doom. Doom ‘s attempts at world domination forced the Fantastic Four to face him again and again, making him their baneful and most haunting adversary. [ 23 ] [ 24 ] [ 25 ] [ 26 ] [ 27 ] [ 28 ] During a trip to the Blue Area of the Moon, the Fantastic Four battled the Red Ghost and the Super-Apes and made beginning contact with a Watcher, called Uatu. [ 29 ] With the help of Ant-Man, they battled Doctor Doom in Sub-Atomica. [ 30 ] During a travel to ancient Egypt ‘s past, they encountered the Pharaoh Rama-Tut, a time-traveler who would become the man known as Kang the Conqueror. [ 31 ] When the Sub-Mariner was reunited with his people, the Atlanteans, the Fantastic Four were caught in the center of an Atlantean attempt to invade the airfoil world. [ 32 ] early threats from this period included Kurrgo [ 33 ], the Puppet Master, [ 10 ] [ 34 ] the impossible Man, [ 35 ] the Hulk, [ 36 ] the Mad Thinker, [ 37 ] the Super-Skrull, [ 38 ] and the Molecule Man. [ 39 ] Spider-Man made a bid to join the team, but was denied. [ 40 ] They teamed up with Nick Fury to defeat the Hate-Monger, [ 41 ] and it was during this time that the Invisible Girl discovered her force-field powers, right before another confrontation with the Mole Man. [ 42 ] The Fantastic Four besides returned a fall back estrange child which was causing havoc in New York to its parents, [ 43 ] and then they teamed up with the Avengers for the first clock when the Hulk attacked New York in his most destructive rampage to that date. [ 44 ] They besides met another active ace team of the era, the X-Men, for the inaugural time when the schemes of the Puppet Master and the Mad Thinker pitted them against each other. [ 45 ] Three of the Human Torch ‘s enemies, the Wizard, Sandman, and the Trapster, joined forces and recruited an amnesic Medusa to form an evil, mirror counterpart to the Fantastic Four. They called themselves Frightful Four and battled the Fantastic Four on several occasions. [ 46 ] [ 47 ] [ 48 ] [ 49 ] Doctor Doom used his emotion Charger machine to mind see many villains to attack the team on Reed and Sue ‘s wedding day, but with the aid of a device given to him by the Watcher, Reed ended the threat. Sue and Reed ultimately married. The wedding was attended by the Avengers and most of the world ‘s heroes. [ 12 ]

New Friends and Enemies

The Fantastic Four met Medusa ‘s syndicate, the royal family of the hidden raceway known as the Inhumans. Johnny instantaneously fell in love with Medusa ‘s baby, Crystal. The Inhumans and their king, Black Bolt, were originally distrustful of the Fantastic Four. Tragedy struck when the Inhumans ‘ ancestral dwelling Attilan was separated from the outside earth by a Negative Zone barrier created by Black Bolt ‘s huffy brother Maximus. The Inhumans were trapped inside, and Johnny and Crystal were separated. [ 50 ] Despite the Watcher ‘s efforts to hide Earth, Galactus came to Earth determined to consume the energy-rich satellite. His hail, the Silver Surfer, rebelled. Reed Richards thwarted Galactus by threatening to use an alien device called the Ultimate Nullifier on him, a weapon that could lay waste to the universe and kill even Galactus. Galactus was forced to vow to spare Earth in commute for the Nullifier ‘s return, and he punished the Surfer for his betrayal by erecting an undetectable energy barrier that prevented the Surfer from leaving Earth. [ 11 ] The Fantastic Four were invited to visit the african nation Wakanda by its king, the Black Panther. They were attacked by the Black Panther, who easily bested them all in individual battle, but was defeated when they teamed up as a group. With the battle over, the Black Panther revealed that it was all a screen of their abilities. They helped the Black Panther drive Ulysses Klaw out of Wakanda. Thwarted, Klaw leaped into his massive sonic converter device hoping to gain superhuman powers to combat his foes. [ 51 ] His gamble was successful and Klaw was transformed into a animal whose body was composed of “ living sound ”. In his new shape, Klaw battled the Fantastic Four and was pummeled into unconsciousness by Mister Fantastic wearing Vibranium knuckle guards and taken to prison. [ 52 ] The master Human Torch ‘s body was discovered by the Mad Thinker. Using his cognition of androids, the Thinker restored most of the Torch ‘s original celluloid tissue and aflutter organization. The Thinker partially restored the android ‘s memories but coerced the Torch into battling the Fantastic Four. On realizing the implications of what the Thinker wanted him to do, the Torch sacrificed his artificial animation to save the Fantastic Four from a sneak attack by the Thinker ‘s calculator Quasimodo. The Thinker fled, and the Fantastic Four left the Torch ‘s body in the Thinker ‘s testing ground in Nevada. [ 53 ] The Silver Surfer was befriended and betrayed by Doctor Doom, who imprisoned him and stole the Surfer ‘s exponent for himself. Doom attacked and defeated the Fantastic Four and held the world in terror, but Doom lost his new might when Reed tricked him into leaving Earth ‘s atmosphere. Doom collided with Galactus ‘ barrier, and the Surfer ‘s powers were restored. meanwhile, the Inhumans escaped their prison thanks to Black Bolt ‘s scream, however Attilan was left in shambles. The Inhuman Royal family agreed it was time to enter the world of the humans. [ 54 ] Reed found himself trapped in the Negative Zone after an fire by the Sandman. At that here and now, Crystal and Johnny were reunited, and Crystal enlisted the Inhuman Triton to rescue Reed. Blastaar, who once ruled Baluur in the Negative Zone, followed them through a portal site. He teamed up with Sandman, but the Fantastic Four and Crystal managed to defeat them and sent Blastaar binding to his own dimension. [ 55 ] While trying to take a vacation on a tropical island, the Fantastic Four encountered the Kree Sentry 459, who had been reactivated by an archeologist. During the battle, Johnny ‘s fire struck the island ‘s energy supply, causing it to explode. The FF and the archeologist escaped in prison term, apparently leaving the lookout to be destroyed. [ 56 ] A difficult pregnancy for Sue followed, during which Crystal took her place on the team. At the last moment, to save the unborn child, the Fantastic Four had to visit the Negative Zone and borrow the Cosmic Control Rod of Annihilus [ 57 ]. Sue ‘s child, Franklin, named after her beget, manifested solid and unusual powers about immediately. When Annihilus kidnapped Franklin to tap those powers, they increased exponentially, and Reed felt he had no option but to inhibit Franklin ‘s genial activity. Outraged, Sue left Mr. Fantastic and took Franklin with her. [ 58 ] During Sue Storm ‘s suspension, the Inhuman Medusa took her place. The honest-to-god bonds, though, drew Susan back to the team. [ 59 ] When Ben Grimm was transformed into his human self and lost his powers after a battle with the Hulk, [ 60 ] he was briefly replaced with Luke Cage. [ 61 ] He returned to the team using an exoskeleton constructed by Reed that emulated his previous powers, [ 62 ] but was transformed into his rock mannequin again during a battle with Galactus. [ 63 ]


The team was transported to the aloof “ Battleworld “ by the Beyonder for the first of the alleged “ secret Wars. ” On that satellite Ben Grimm found himself able to change to homo form and back. Concealing his discovery of Grimm ‘s mental obstruct for reverence of hurting his feelings, Richards claimed that the nature of the satellite itself was somehow responsible for Grimm ‘s ability to transform back and forth. Once the “ Secret War ” was over, Grimm remained on the satellite for months. The Thing asked She-Hulk to take his place in the Fantastic Four. [ 64 ] During an elongated trip to the Negative Zone, a sort of second honeymoon, Sue conceived another child. This unborn daughter began to give off radiation. Despite the efforts of Mr. Fantastic and several other experts, the girlfriend was obviously stillborn. [ 65 ] Psycho-Man took advantage of Sue ‘s fragile self-control at this point and amplified her veto emotions. She became Malice, with all of the Invisible Girl ‘s powers but none of her restraint and attacked the Fantastic Four. Mr. Fantastic helped her throw off Psycho-Man ‘s influence, but she lost control again when the Fantastic Four confronted Psycho-Man ; she turned his own Control Box on him, which shorted out his nervous system and closely killed him. This episode would have permanent effects : the Invisible Girl changed her name to Invisible Woman ; she discovered how to use Force Objects, and in the hanker term, she lost a bill of assurance, knowing that Malice still lurked inside her. Johnny found himself draw to Alicia Masters, longtime girlfriend of the lacking Thing. Johnny and Alicia ‘s romanticism helped estrange the thing from the Fantastic Four for a drawn-out period. The Thing rejoined the Fantastic Four and She-Hulk returned to the Avengers. When Reed and Sue retired from active Fantastic Four duty to focus on raising their son, they left Ben in charge. He recruited Crystal, who was separated from Quicksilver at the clock, and Ms. Marvel ( Sharon Ventura ) to replace them. Ben served competently as team leader and started a romance with Sharon that deepened after new cosmic radiation exposure further mutated them both, turning Sharon into a kind of “ She-Thing ” and Ben into an tied stronger, more hideous spiky-hided thing. Their chat up continued through several more changes of form ( with Ben finally settling back into his classical Thing phase ), even after Reed and Sue rejoined the group ; but they were estranged after Sharon accepted Doctor Doom ‘s aid in regaining homo form. Johnny ‘s previous feelings for Crystal lento returned, but his love for Alicia enabled him to resist enticement, and Crystal finally left the team. finally Johnny married Alicia. Despite their long and intimate relationship, Johnny was horrified to discover that the Alicia he loved and married was not the true Alicia Masters, but a Skrull imposter named Lyja. originally sent to infiltrate and destroy the Fantastic Four, Lyja truly fell in love with Johnny, and joined the Fantastic Four in confronting Paibok, the Skrull who had kidnapped the substantial Alicia. Lyja apparently sacrificed her life to protect Johnny, but her former lover Paibok nursed her rear to health. Trying to move on from so far another failed relationship, Johnny enrolled at Empire State University ; but Devos, Paibok and even Lyja attacked Johnny at ESU, forcing his powers to go nova, burning down a large section of the campus. Johnny concisely became a fugitive until Reed agreed to sell some of his patents to pay for the damages. Lyja returned to Johnny ‘s life again, tricking him into believing she was carrying his baby. When this proved a lie a well, Johnny left her again .


Claiming that Franklin ‘s presence in this timeline would lead to destruction, Reed Richards ‘ father Nathaniel abducted the child into the future. Nathaniel raised Franklin for years in the future, training him to be a warrior and to master his superhuman powers. The adolescent Franklin journeyed back in clock time, arriving in the Fantastic Four ‘s headquarters bare moments after Nathaniel had abducted him as a child. The adolescent Franklin called himself Psi-Lord, and wielded huge psionic powers, although they remained far short of his wide potential.

When Reed and Doom apparently died as a result of their battle with the estrange Hunger, they were actually spirited away by the space-time-warping Hyperstorm, harebrained son of an alternate-future Franklin Richards. Hyperstorm kept Doom as a torture captive and trapped Reed in the distant past for months, during which time the earth believed both Reed and Doom to be dead. In Reed ‘s absence, Sue took over leadership of the Fantastic Four and served competently in the character, recruiting Ant-Man ( Scott Lang ) as the team ‘s new scientist. however, she refused to believe Reed was rightfully dead, and she rebuffed romanticist advances from Namor. During this menstruation, Franklin founded the Fantastic Force, a new super-hero team to carry on his father ‘s influence of protecting humanity. finally, after Reed was finally rescued, Psi-Lord somehow was removed from the Fantastic Four ‘s time and was replaced by the child Franklin, as he had been at the time that Nathaniel had abducted him. Nathaniel claimed that Hyperstorm must have arranged the substitution, and that the Psi-Lord translation of Franklin no longer existed in the Fantastic Four ‘s timeline .


When Franklin Richards was kidnapped by Onslaught, the Fantastic Four joined the Avengers and the X-Men to battle Onslaught in Central Park. An enrage Hulk was able to crack open Onslaught ‘s beat. however, Onslaught remained as arrant psionic energy, planning to spread across the planet. Thor plunged into Onslaught, trying to contain him. The Fantastic Four, the majority of Avengers, and even Doctor Doom followed. Thanks to this sacrifice, the X-Men ultimately managed to destroy Onslaught. The Fantastic Four, Doom, and the Avengers were believed dead, but were rather saved by Franklin, who created a pocket dimension called Counter-Earth to keep them safe. Back on Earth-616, the Thunderbolts moved into the Fantastic Four ‘s headquarters at Four Freedoms Plaza .

Heroes Return

After several months aside, the missing heroes returned from Counter-Earth and were reunited with Franklin. They set up their new headquarters at Pier Four. They met Valeria von Doom, visitor from the future, who claimed to be Sue ‘s daughter by Doctor Doom. She proved to be a key to the get the better of of Abraxas, an entity related to Galactus. Reed banished Abraxas by using the Ultimate Nullifier, which had an unintended consequence : it returned Valeria to Susan ‘s uterus in the confront. Everyone learned then, with some discouragement, that Franklin had saved his unborn sister by sending her into the future, when engineering was available to help her survive the pregnancy. With the help of Doctor Doom, the child was delivered safely. As a condition of his servicing, Doom named the female child after Valeria, the love of his life. [ 66 ] late, Doom exploited his special alliance with the unseasoned Valeria to employ her as a mystic familiar, using sorcery to mount one of his most pitiless and terrifying attacks on the Fantastic Four ever. In the end, Doom was taken by his own demonic benefactors, but not before he hideously disfigured Reed ‘s font as a junior-grade separate gesticulate. Physically and emotionally scarred, Reed led the Fantastic Four into Doom ‘s now-leaderless Latveria, where he worked compulsively to dismantle Doom ‘s government, neutralize his armory, erase Doom ‘s bequest and create a better state, becoming increasingly authoritarian himself in the summons and ignoring threats of international condemnable charges from the United Nations. At the same fourth dimension, unknown even to his teammates, Reed was secretly plotting to retrieve Doom from Hell and rate him in a specially prepare other-dimensional prison from which he could never escape ; but this transfer was unwittingly interrupted by the pillow of the Fantastic Four, allowing Doom to escape long enough to kill the Thing. Devastated, the remaining Fantastic Four returned to the United States of America, where their resist with the authorities and their reputation with the general public had taken a frightful beat due to the Latverian controversy. The Fantastic Four broke up, Reed and Sue split up, and Reed was even forced to sign over most of his patents to the government as separate of a cover to escape prosecution. however, Reed was certain that Ben could be resurrected, and he convinced Sue and Johnny to join him in this quest, which ultimately led them to the gates of Heaven itself using a modify exemplar of Doom ‘s previous afterlife machine. Persuaded it was not however his clock, Ben agreed to return to the land of the living with his friends-and the Creators allowed it, evening healing Reed ‘s facial scars as a part endowment. With the Fantastic Four back in concert, Reed led them in rebuilding their reputations and their finances .
The super-human civil war split the team once again. Johnny was beat into a brief coma during a travel to to a cabaret, sparked by anger over the Stamford catastrophe. Mr. Fantastic supported the Superhuman Registration Act, while Sue and Johnny joined the resistance. The matter announced that while he thought the adjustment was faulty, he was besides not going to fight the politics and left the state for France. During the final battle, [ 67 ] however, Mr. Fantastic shielded Sue from an assail by the Taskmaster and was hard hurt. In the aftermath of the war, Sue and Johnny were granted amnesty. Sue and Reed took a leave from the team to work on their marriage, while the recently married Black Panther and Storm filled in for them .
Reed and Sue returned to the Fantastic Four in fourth dimension for the Skrull invasion. While Sue was on a talking tour in Vancouver, Canada, a Skrull attacked her in her apartment and quickly neutralized her. meanwhile, Reed and Hank Pym were called in by Tony Stark to study the body of the Skrull Elektra to find out how they became indiscernible. When Reed found out, Hank turned into a Skrull and blasted him into sludge. While this was happening, the Skrull impersonate Sue walked into the Baxter Building and opened the portal into the Negative Zone, causing it to consume the Baxter Building, with Johnny, Ben, and the two Richards children inside. The Skrull revealed herself to be Johnny ‘s ex-girlfriend, Lyja the Laserfist, who had been trying to keep them out of damage ‘s way. After dueling with Lyja and learning of the invasion on Earth, Ben, Johnny, Franklin and Val, with the aid of Lyja, turned to the prison in the Negative Zone to gain the care of person to rebuild the portal vein back to Earth. They sought a man known as the Tinkerer who refused to help, stating that he was captured, despite being retired, while taking his grandchild out for ice rink skim and was not given a average trial. Franklin pleaded with the man, stating that Dr. Reid, the son ‘s founder, would not support the Tinkerer ‘s halt had he been aware, begging for his aid. Tinkerer, most probable reminded of his grandchild, agreed to assist. After hours of waiting, the Tinkerer repaired the technology. Lyja chose to stay behind while the remaining Fantastic Four, the children and the Tinkerer returned to a battle-torn New York City. [ 68 ] Reed created a device called The Bridge to explore surrogate realities. meanwhile, Johnny, Sue, and Ben fought off the agents of H.A.M.M.E.R. Reed ‘s machine sent Johnny, Ben and Sue to a different reality where a ace hero Civil War was happening sometime in the Hyborian Age. Reed continued to study parallel worlds where the Civil War ended differently to find the rationality his reality had become the way it was while Ben, Sue, and Johnny traveled throughout collapse space-time. Reed determined that in all the realities that the Registration was successful, he had acted alone without any stimulation from anyone else. In the Baxter Building on Earth-616, Franklin and Val prepared to fend off the agents of H.A.M.M.E.R. When Red shut down the Bridge and the others returned, they went outside to find Norman Osborn chasing their children with a grease-gun. Norman was trapped in the Baxter Building with a very upset Susan Richards. She put up a military unit plain that locked everyone else out and him in. He pulled a gunman and was about to shoot Reed when Franklin shot him first gear with a play gun. They ultimately let Norman go, and Sue told Reed to destroy The Bridge. He did sol, but then secretly put it back together, and met beings from another reality who told him how he could fix things. Johnny and Ben wondered how Franklin could have actually shot Norman with a dally accelerator and thought his powers may have returned. Following the Siege of Asgard, Ben was asked by Luke Cage to become a member of the New Avengers. cage assured Ben that he could maintain joint membership with both teams .


While Reed and Sue were gone from the Baxter construct of their own crucial missions a group known as the Cult of the Negative Zone successfully made their way into the build up and breached the portal site to the Negative Zone. Once inside the cult had managed to unleash what seemed to be an endless army of Annihilus Insectoid Soldiers upon Johnny, the presently powerless Ben, and the kids of the Future Foundation. Franklin revealed that he had his powers back by destroying the army ; and the group pushed into the Negative partition where the only way to hold the army off from getting through the doorway was to lock the door from their side and randomize the code so no one could get in or out. Ben prepared to make the sacrifice, but Johnny threw him through the portal as he regained his powers. The last image of Johnny was him being covered by the Army .


Johnny was revived by Annihilus three times while he participated in the latter ‘s “ prizefighter competition ”. When Annihilus was planning a modern Annihilation Wave to enter Earth, Johnny and the Light Brigade rebelled and took Annihilus prisoner, while the Human Torch, using the Cosmic Control Rod became the newfangled rule of the Negative Zone. After helping the Future Foundation to save Earth from a Kree invasion and the arrival of the Mad Celestials, the Fantastic Four reformed. [ 69 ]


After finding out that during one of their explorations he developed a sickness which caused the cells of his body to start devolve, Reed decided to disguise a travel through time and space to find a cure as a family digression. [ 70 ] They discovered their sickness had been caused by an overload of their powers, as the abilities of an alternate reality version of themselves had them stripped from them when trying to stop Doctor Doom, who had conquered their worldly concern. [ 71 ] After helping their depowered counterparts from that alternate population defeat Doom the Annihilating Conqueror, the Fantastic Four re-stabilized their powers and returned home. [ 72 ]

The fall of the Fantastic Four

After a portal vein to the Counter-Earth was somehow opened, an invasion of monsters in New York resulted not only in the Human Torch losing his powers, [ 73 ] but besides the Fantastic Four being evicted from the Baxter Building, and the children of the Future Foundation being taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody. [ 74 ] soon after finding out years ago Johnny had ruined an opportunity for becoming normal, The Thing was arrested after being found following to the cadaver of the Puppet Master. [ 75 ] Additionally, Sue started becoming more violent, [ 76 ] Johnny lost track on his life, [ 77 ] and Reed started becoming erratic. [ 78 ] After concluding that person was behind their misfortune, the Fantastic Four decided to go to the bottom of it, and find Reed, who had recently disappeared, actually having being kidnapped by the serviceman pulling the strings, the villain known as the Quiet Man. [ 79 ] The Fantastic Four were reunited when Johnny was brought to his senses, [ 78 ] he and Sue helped free The thing from the Power House, [ 79 ] and Reed escaped from the Quiet Man. [ 80 ] While the Quiet Man unleashed an invasion of creatures from the Counter-Earth, the FF enlisted the serve of the Sleepwalker in order to find the source of the monstrosities that came from it by exploring Franklin ‘s subconsciousness, who was revealed to be the Psycho-Man. [ 81 ] back in his headquarters, the Quiet Man tried to activate the code that would shut off the portals from the Counter-Earth and render the incursive forces inert, to make himself look like the hero, however, the Psycho-Man had betrayed him and created a defense wall so he could then control both the Counter-Earth and the earth with his atrocious united states army. Mister Fantastic and Valeria came with a solution to last shut down the creatures and save the populace, meanwhile, as he was helping his allies escape from the Counter-Earth, Johnny recovered his powers due to the resulting radiation caused by the close of one of the portals. [ 82 ] In light of the at hand destruction of the Multiverse due to the phenomenon known as incursions, the Fantastic Four and the Future Foundation began working on vessels able of surviving the death of everything. [ 83 ] When the final incursion took place between Earth-616 and Earth-1610, Mister Fantastic gathered every person he could, put them in the life raft, and deployed its measures. When the vessel approached the cardinal steer of the penetration, it suffered a hull rupture that led to the death of the Fantastic Four and the Future Foundation, leaving Mister Fantastic the sole extremity of the Fantastic Four. [ 84 ] When Reed acquired almighty might from Doctor Doom, he brought his syndicate back to life and set out to restore the entire Multiverse. [ 16 ] Reed realized that Victor would everlastingly resent him and decided to alter his memories to make him believe he was dead, hoping Victor would walk a righteous path if he no longer pursued ultimate world power and believed his greatest equal to be gone. Reed besides altered the memories of the Human Torch and The Thing, leaving them both behind on the restore Earth-616 to keep Victor in check. [ 85 ] Since Ben and Johnny believed the rest of their syndicate to be dead, the Fantastic Four were disbanded. [ 86 ] Ben joined the Guardians of the Galaxy and Johnny Storm acted as both ambassador to the Inhumans and a member of the Avengers Unity Squad. A improvised Fantastic Four was formed when The Thing and the Human Torch joined with Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur to stop the Super-Skrull from allowing Omnipotentis to enter the Prime Marvel Universe. [ 87 ] After the threat passed, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur left the team. [ 88 ] After discovering a device called the Multisect, The Thing convinced the Human Torch to go research the Multiverse. even though Ben did n’t believe the remainder of their syndicate was animated, he intended to help Johnny cope with their loss, and claimed that the Multisect would take them to their family. [ 89 ] ultimately, Ben and Johnny did n’t reunite with the Future Foundation, and returned to their universe still believing they were gone. [ 90 ]

The Fate of the Four

Years into the Future Foundation ‘s multiversal adventures, Franklin became depleted of his ability to create wholly new realities. At this moment the team was confronted by an abstract entity called the Griever at the end of All Things who repudiated their mission of creating new universes. She caused the collapse of the hundreds of universes charted by the Future Foundation, forcing the team to make a final stand. The fantastic Four were reunited when Mister Fantastic tricked the Griever into giving them the luck to summon the remaining members of the Fantastic Four for backing. In summation to teleporting Ben and Johnny, Reed besides brought every super hero who had been separate of the team in order to defeat the new foe. [ 15 ] With his allies, Reed destroyed the Griever ‘s teleporters, forcing her to retreat or risk being stranded in the reality where they were fighting. [ 91 ] While the Future Foundation continued to explore the Multiverse to restore the Molecule Man, who had been slain by the Griever, the core Fantastic Four returned with Valeria and Franklin to Earth, where only months had passed since the Foundation ‘s years-long travel. Finding the Baxter Building inhabited by a modern extremely bomber team called the Fantastix, the Fantastic Four took up residence in an apartment complex on Yancy Street that Ben owned, 4 Yancy Street. [ 92 ] After becoming filled with the desire to resume the team ‘s original failed flight that had given them powers, Reed built a Marvel-2, [ 18 ] which he used to take the lie of the Fantastic Four to their original finish, the planet Spyre. They faced a group of superpowered protectors named the Unparalleled, who had been imbued with cosmic radiation to face the Fantastic Four. Spyricans had been mindful of the team ‘s initial failed try to reach their planet and had prepared for a second sample. [ 7 ] The Fantastic Four initially became at odds with the patriarch of Spyre, the Overseer, after discovering that he had been creditworthy for the volume of the cosmic irradiate storm that gave them powers during their beginning flight due to an attack to scuttle their mission. [ 93 ] After making peace with the Spyricans, the Fantastic Four returned to Earth accompanied by alone member Sky. [ 94 ] After running out of fuel while travelling through distance, the Fantastic Four went to the Casino Cosmico dimension to get enough money for natural gas. however, after Ben and Johnny saw that the casino was forcing a Kree boy, Jo-Venn, and a Skrull female child, N’Kalla, to fight to the end for the spectators ‘ amusement, they tried to rescue the two children by entering the sphere. interim, Reed faced the Profiteer to stop this slaughter and besides send his wife, Sue, to help their kids, Valeria and Franklin, at the casino games. After Reed destroyed the Profiteer ‘s dialog box control, which allowed Ben and Johnny to save the extraterrestrial being kids, Valeria and Franklin, having won the entire casino, made a deal with the Profiteer to let them go with the necessary things to go bet on home in exchange for the casino. however, after arriving to their solar system, [ 95 ] came across the armada of the Alliance approaching Earth. [ 96 ] After sending the children to Earth Sue turned their ship invisible and sneaked inside the throneship. Upon entering however, Super-Skrull was able to detect them blowing their covering. The fantastic Four were shocked to find ground champion Hulkling as the drawing card of unite Kree/Skrull conglomerate. They tried to solve the consequence by diplomacy, but the Avengers soon attacked the Alliance ‘s armada and overloaded their computer system allowing the Cotati to attack the aliens and the Fantastic Four, a lot to the dismay of the Avengers. [ 97 ] After Captain Marvel combined her powers with Hulkling ‘s Excelsior to remove the Cotati contagion, the Fantastic Four split up in regulate to cover more ground as the Cotati ‘s Empyre began invading Earth. [ 98 ] Reed Richards assisted Tony Stark in planning their future move in Avengers Mountain, Invisible Woman and Thing joined “ She-Hulk ” and Mantis in pursuing Quoi, while Human Torch remained behind at the Alliance ‘s mothership. [ 99 ] The situation then began escalading, R’Klll, posing as her grandson Hulkling, ordered the launch of the Pyre, and Sequoia last arrived at the Vibranium Mound where he would become a idol. [ 100 ] Human Torch, Captain Marvel, Wiccan and Hulkling tried to stop R’Klll, while inconspicuous Woman and Mantis tried to fight off the Cotati who had been possessing She-Hulk ‘s cadaver and was beating the Thing to end. [ 101 ] After R’Klll was defeated, Human Torch helped in deactivating the Pyre, and meanwhile inconspicuous Woman and Thing defeated the Cotati Hulk. then Mister Fantastic in his new Iron Man Armor battled Quoi and his father, Swordsman, while besides being joined by the rest of the heroes. [ 17 ] Following the kill of the Cotati before sending them to a fresh satellite, Mister Fantastic tried to interrogate Quoi about the lineage of their weaponry, but it was all in conceited. They then enlisted the help oneself of the Profiteer about the Cotati ‘s weapons, but placid found no information. After Hulkling staved the Profiteer out when she tried to reclaim Jo-Venn and N’Kalla, he gave the custody of the extraterrestrial being children to the thing and his wife Alicia. [ 102 ]



  • Fantastic Four Uniforms
  • Gadgets and gear created by Mr. Fantastic
  • Universal Translator can decipher and interpret languages, both alien and terrestrial, into the native language of the user.[103]



  • Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the Fantastic Four as Marvel Comics’ answer to the Justice League of America of DC Comics. Some comic fans claim that Stan’s inspiration for starting the Fantastic Four came from DC’s Challengers of the Unknown team, also co-created by Jack Kirby years earlier in 1957, while still others maintain that the Fantastic Four were created to closely resemble DC’s Sea Devils team.
  • In an interview with Jack Kirby in the The Comics Journal Kirby stated that he came up with the idea for the team, and not Stan. However, given that Kirby wasn’t really in his right state of mind his words shouldn’t be trusted completely, according to the interviewer Gary Groth.
  • Originally the whole team would have had flaws with their powers. Mister Fantastic would feel pain from using his powers, Invisible Girl would remain invisible and forced to wear a mask of her own face, Human Torch could use his powers only when he was excited. The Thing was the only member who wasn’t changed.[104]
  • Each of the powers (as well as their personalities) of the Fantastic Four correspond to the four basic elements according to Greek philosophy: earth (Thing), wind (Invisible Woman), fire (Human Torch), and water (Mister Fantastic).[105]
  • Every member of the Fantastic Four (including all of the former members) has been on an Avengers team at some point in their career. Amongst the central FF, Reed and Sue Richards have been on the main Avengers team, the Thing was once a New Avenger, and Human Torch joined the Avengers Unity Division after the Fantastic Four disbanded as a result of the events of 2015’s Secret Wars.

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