Appearing in "The Fantastic Four"
- Fantastic Four (First Appearance and Origin for Entire Team)
- Mole Man (Harvey Elder) (First appearance) (Origin revealed)
- Overseer (Behind the scenes)
- Citizens of Central City
- Taxi driver (First appearance)
- National Guard
- French Soldiers
Races and Species:
- Fantasti-Flare (First appearance)
- Marvel-1 (First appearance) (Unnamed) (Destroyed)
- Fantastic Four's private jet
Synopsis for "The Fantastic Four"
A shadowy figure fires a flare out of a window. The flare forms the words "The Fantastic Four!"[Continuity 1]
Susan Storm is having tea with a friend. When she sees the flare, she turns invisible, gets into a cab,[Continuity 2] and offers the surprised driver a banknote when she reaches her destination.
Ben Grimm is trying to find a coat that fits him. A clerk in the haberdashery sees the flare. Grimm bursts out of the too-small door, rips a manhole out of the street, follows the sewers, and bursts out when he thinks he has reached his destination. He is struck by a taxi which is wrecked.
Johnny Storm is working on his latest hot rod in a service station. The mechanic sees the flare, which turns into the number 4. Johnny bursts into flame and flies away, destroying his car. The authorities treat him as an enemy attack, so he reluctantly melts the jets that come after him. A nuclear heat-seeking missile locks onto him, and, just as Johnny's flame starts to fade, an impossibly long pair of arms grab the missile and throw it out to sea.
Johnny's savior is the same man who fired the flare. He greets Susan, Ben, and Johnny with the words, "There is a task that awaits us ... a fearful task!" But how did these four people become so fantastic?
To beat the Communists into space, scientist Reed Richards, sister and brother Sue and Johnny Storm, and pilot Ben Grimm sneak off into space in a rocket.[Continuity 3] In space, the four are bombarded by cosmic rays.[Continuity 4] The auto-pilot lands the ship back on Earth,[Continuity 5] where they find themselves physically transformed and possessing remarkable new abilities. Sue can turn invisible. Ben has transformed into an orange, muscular "thing" with super-strength.[Continuity 6] Reed's body became highly malleable, allowing him to stretch into any shape. Johnny's body bursts into flame, and he can fly. They decide to use their abilities to become the super-team known as the Fantastic Four. They give themselves the individual names Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Girl, Human Torch, and the Thing.[Continuity 7][Continuity 8]
(Chapter 2) The Fantastic Four Meet the Mole Man!
Atomic plants in the Soviet Union, Australia, and South America have been mysteriously attacked by cave-ins. Another attack occurs in Africa, where a huge monster burrows out of the ground but is recalled by a human figure. The Fantastic Four travel aboard their private jet to Monster Isle, which Reed has deduced is the same distance from each attack. There, they are attacked by a giant three-headed monster. Reed stops the monster, but a cave-in separates Reed and Johnny from Ben and Sue. Beneath the island Reed and Johnny land in the Valley of Diamonds, which temporarily blinds them. The Mole Man appears, revealing he is responsible for the attacks.
(Chapter 3) The Mole Man's Secret!
The Mole Man explains his origin. Having been ridiculed by humanity, he went off alone in search of the legendary land at the center of the earth. Eventually, he washed ashore on Monster Isle. Making his way through a cavern, he was caught in an avalanche and rendered almost blind.[Continuity 9] However, due to his other heightened senses taking over, he mastered the subterranean creatures[Continuity 10] and built himself an underground empire.
Meanwhile, on the surface, Ben wrestles a rock monster. Ben and Sue find their teammates listening to the Mole Man's plan to invade the surface world. He sends his monster army against the Fantastic Four. Whilst Johnny distracts the biggest one, the team flees through a tunnel, which Johnny seals shut behind them. After the Fantastic Four escape in their jet, Mole Man destroys the island so the surface world cannot trouble him again.[Continuity 11]
Appearing in "Enter -- The Exquisite Elemental!"
- Fantastic Four
- Walter Cronkite (Mentioned) (Topical reference)
- Hosue of Agon (Mentioned)
- John Wayne (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "Enter -- The Exquisite Elemental!"
With Sue unable to actively be a member of the Fantastic Four, Crystal joins with the team. Reed, however, is unsure of her ability because of her young age. However, Crystal is able to be functional -- and much needed -- addition to the team when the Wizard returns to get revenge on the Fantastic Four for his last defeat.
He attacks the Baxter Building directly, destroying his old Wonder Gloves left behind during his last battle with the group. The new Fantastic Four chase after the Wizard and fight him by the docks. Overpowered and unprepared with the addition of Crystal to the group, the Wizard jumps into the harbor and makes a quick getaway. The battle over, Reed welcomes Crystal as a member of the team.
Appearing in "Omega! The Ultimate Enemy!"
- Fantastic Four
Races and Species:
Synopsis for "Omega! The Ultimate Enemy!"
Crystal is the prisoner of Omega, a massive Android responsible for the Alpha Primitive uprising. Her two suitors, the Human Torch and Quicksilver, have come to her rescue. Omega threatens to kill the girl if the two heroes refuse to join him in his coming revolt against the Inhumans. The two refuse to fight while Crystal is their prisoner. While Johnny distracts Omega with his flame powers, Pietro frees Crystal from his grips. Reviving from her capture, Crystal tries to use her elemental powers against Omega but finds that they only serve to make him grow in size and become more powerful. Omega then orders the Alpha Primitives to attack.
Meanwhile, just on the surface, a ship carrying Reed, Johnny, and Medusa approaches the Hidden Land of the Inhumans. They quickly notice that the protective dome is still surrounding the city. The dome drops, but Reed loses control of the ship, forcing Ben to smash through the floor and try to brace their impact. Landing safely, they are joined by the rest of the Inhuman royal family, who apologize for not lowering the dome sooner and explain their current crisis: How the Inhumans have risen up against their masters and captured Crystal, how Johnny and Pietro went after her in the sealed tunnels, and how a perpetual motion machine created by Maximus might be the key to the current crisis.
When the Thing goes to clear the blocked tunnel, he is battered aside when Omega and his army of loyal Alpha Primitives smash through from the other side. The two members of the Fantastic Four and the royal family begin fighting Omega and his army, but all their attacks serve to do is only make Omega larger and stronger. To make matters worse, the rest of the Inhumans have decided to take up arms, regardless of Black Bolt's decree to not engage and storm into battle.
Reed rushes to the chamber where Maximus' perpetual motion machine is, and although it seems like an innocuous and useless device, Reed believes that it is more to it than meets the eye. Listening in on Maximus from outside his cell, Mister Fantastic hears Maximus gloat about how his machine is the key to everything, confirming his suspicions. He returns to the others and tells them that they have to destroy the machine, but when they head back to the palace they are suddenly stopped by Johnny, Quicksilver, and Crystal. Instead of listening to their warnings, Reed, Ben, and Medusa fight back. Eventually, they get Reed and the others to listen and Richards realizes that the fight has to stop before there is anymore bloodshed.
Using his body as a shield to stop more fighting, Reed orders them all to stop, his command mirrored by Black Bolt. When both sides of the conflict cease-fire to listen, Reed tells them that Crystal can explain the situation. Crystal explains that the device built by Maximus uses the mental waves from the collective guilt the Inhumans feel for enslaving the Alpha Primitives, and it is that guilt that causes Omega to grow in size and power. She explains that once the Alpha Primitives are truly set free all hostilities will end. As it turns out when the Inhumans all turn away and return to their homes, Omega suddenly becomes inert and the now emancipated Alpha Primitives return to their home below Attilan.
The next day the three remaining members of the Fantastic Four are called to an honored gathering in their tattered uniforms. When Reed asks why Medusa shows them a device that will repair them. Subjecting herself it first, it transforms her outfit into her own stylized Fantastic Four costume. She tells the group that she wants to join them on a goodwill mission on behalf of the Inhumans as she is apparently immune to the pollution in the outside world. Her request to join the FF is greeted positively. When Johnny is exposed to the device, it not only repairs his costume but changes the colors to red and yellow, patterned after his namesake the original Human Torch from World War II. When Johnny questions if his love of the comic books published about the wartime hero caused him to get the powers he did when exposed to cosmic rays, Reed says he hopes not because he considers his choice of reading the material at the time somewhat embarrassing. When Reed is exposed to the device, it only repairs his costume, leaving its pattern virtually the same. Regardless, Reed welcomes Medusa into their ranks as the new Fantastic Four. As they celebrate, Pietro watches from afar, brooding over what will happen next.
Later, Crystal calls Johnny aside to talk to him and she tells him that she has decided that they have been apart for too long and that she truly loves for Pietro. Johnny mans up and tells her that after calming down and thinking about it some, he has come to the same conclusion and looks forward to being single again and intends to look up his old girlfriend Doris Evans when he gets home. The two agree to be friends and Crystal goes to be with Quicksilver. When Ben asks Johnny what he is up to that evening, Johnny tells Ben that he has nothing planned, as he chokes back tears over losing Crystal.
Appearing in "Where Have All the Powers Gone?"
Synopsis for "Where Have All the Powers Gone?"
Returning to the Baxter Building following their battle with the Hulk, Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Girl, and the Human Torch begin deliberations on what to do about Ben Grimm, formally the Thing, since his prolonged proximity to the gamma rays emitted by the Hulk has caused him to revert back into his human form, seemingly for good. Johnny is also seeking to take a leave of absence from the group so that he can attempt to maintain a normal life, following the romantic troubles caused by his double life at the Human Torch.
While down in the streets below, Ben and Alicia Masters are heading to Ben's meeting with the Fantastic Four following their celebration of Ben's return to human form. Ben is slightly unnerved when a group of young men recognize Alicia and ask for her autograph instead of flocking to him like they used to when he was the Thing. Ben simply shakes this off, not wishing to be jealous of Alicia's fame. On the way, Ben suddenly has a moment where he cannot control his body, and quickly dismisses it as a quirk and they continue on, thinking nothing more of the strange occurrence.
When they arrive in the lobby of the Baxter Building, the doorman doesn't recognize Ben and only lets them through to the Fantastic Four's headquarters when he notices Alicia is with him, further unnerving Ben. Entering the FF's headquarters, Ben is told, much to his surprise that due to the FF's charter, each member must have super-powers and as such, they must now replace him on the team. They lead Ben into the training room where he is shocked to find that his replacement is none other than Hero for Hire, Luke Cage who puts on an impressive display destroying a series of training robots convincing Reed that he is ideal for the group and welcomes him aboard. When Luke tries to tell Ben that he didn't intentionally try to replace him, Ben shrugs it off telling the group that he has show business gigs coming up and turns on the television to show them his latest interview on the show "The Afternoon Show". Unfortunately for Ben, his interview is cut incredibly short to focus more on stock footage about his past exploits as the Thing.
Furious, Ben storms out of the room and gets on the phone with his new agent to see if he was able to secure any more talk show appearances. To Ben's further aggravation his agent is unable, telling him that television executives are not interested in seeing a powerless Ben Grimm. Hanging up the phone Ben senselessly storms in on a training session underway forcing Reed to shut it down and caution Ben about being so reckless now that he has no powers. Before they can discuss things further an alarm goes off alerting the Fantastic Four of a bank robbery in progress. Ben is insistent on accompanying the team forcing his way into the Fantasticar and making the Human Torch fly to the location. Arriving on the scene, Ben disengages his portion of the Fantasticar to face the bank robbery on his own.
This robber turns out to be Thor's old foe the Wrecker who doesn't know how his crowbar suddenly appeared in his jail cell or why he felt compelled to rob this bank, but easily smashes Ben's craft and swats him away. After checking to see if Ben is okay, the Fantastic Four engage the enemy leaving Ben behind to feel useless. Thinking maybe he can make himself transform into the Thing much like Bruce Banner transforms into the Hulk, Ben tries to force such a transformation and is upset when he found that he cannot.
When the FF's initial attack on the Wrecker is a failure, Ben once more senselessly throws himself into battle and is easily downed by the Wrecker who decides to take Ben hostage. Climbing up to the top of a building under construction he threatens to throw Ben to his death if the FF don't leave him alone and allow him to leave with his stolen loot. Mr. Fantastic forces the Wrecker to drop Ben and sends him falling off the building. While Ben is captured by Power Man, the Wrecker lands hard on the ground and is easily knocked out by Power Man who uses the Wrecker's own crowbar to knock him senseless.
With the battle over the other Fantastic Four members thank Power Man for all his great help. The only person not impressed with the display is Ben who tries to punch Power Man in the stomach and almost breaks his hand in the process. Finally realizing that he's just plain ordinary Ben Grimm, Ben walks off miserably accepting his current lot in life.
Appearing in "The House That Reed Built"
- multi-phase electronic skeleton key
Synopsis for "The House That Reed Built"
Trying to prove himself as a solo villain again, the Trapster attempts to break in the Baxter Building. Floating down to the roof of the world famous headquarters of the Fantastic Four by parachute, the Trapster's devices indicate that the scanners within the building have not detected his presence. When he lands, the security cameras begin to rise out of the floor, but his quickly blinds them with his paste gun. Using a device to hack into the roof hatch mechanisms, the Trapster breaches the entrance and enters the building. He appears in the hanger room and as he begins scoping out the area, he is unaware that the computers within the Baxter Building have scanned him and determined his identity. The computers mark him as a threat, and begin tracking him as he makes his way through the Baxter Building.
The Trapster then tries to access the elevators in the building but find that the will no operate. Unlocking the door to the stairs, the villain continues his descent into the heart of the Baxter Building. Becoming edgy from the constant silence, the Trapster almost shoots at his reflection when he catches it in a window, but continues his progress. As he continues his progress, the Baxter Building's computer systems continue to scan, detecting his paste gun as a weapon and initiating protocols to jam the weapon to prevent it from being used. When he reaches the door to Reed's lab, the Trapster is jolted with electricity when he tries to open it. Deciding to try and use his paste gun, he is shocked to find that it is no longer working. Making a run for it, the Trapster enters the residential area of the Fantastic Four's headquarters. There he is confronted by the robot HUBERT who tells him that he is trespassing. Trying to make a break for it, the Trapster then slips on one of Franklin's toy cars. In a blind panic, the Trapster makes it to an elevator that actually works.
It takes him down to the reception area of the Fantastic Four's headquarters where he is greeted by Roberta. Unaware that she is really a robot, the Trapster tries to grab her. but she easily throws him to the floor. As the Trapster begins to black out from his impact with the floor, Roberta puts a call into the authorities to pick him up.
Appearing in "Good-Bye!"
- Fantastic Four
- New York City
- Stamford (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Good-Bye!"
With Crystal and Ms. Marvel selected as their successors in the Fantastic Four, Reed and Sue are preparing to leave with their son Franklin to spend some time away from the group. As rounds of goodbyes are being made, Crystal is looking forward to this time away from the moon and her estranged husband, while Ms. Marvel worries that she will not live up to the reputation that the Fantastic Four has created for themselves. Meanwhile, Sue pulls Johnny aside to tell him that she is proud of her little brother, and asks him to watch out for both Crystal and Ms. Marvel. As everyone is saying goodbye, Franklin chimes in telling Ben that he doesn't have to be upset over Johnny marrying Alicia anymore, since he and Sharon can now be in love. This causes an awkward moment among the tightly wound group. As Reed begins to leave, Ben assures Reed that he will do him proud as the new leader of the Fantastic Four, but tells Reed that if he's going to run the team, it has to be 100% and doesn't want to have Reed called in whenever there is trouble. After Reed, Sue and Franklin leave, Crystal is excited to get back into a Fantastic Four uniform. Sharon however doesn't feel as though she has the right to wear one yet, until she has proven herself. As Ben tries to assure Sharon she has what it takes, Johnny decides to take his leave, and heads to the newly purchased apartment he and Alicia got together.
Meanwhile, at the hospital, Diablo has been put in traction after his battle with the Fantastic Four, which left him seriously injured after being pummeled by Ms. Marvel. With fourteen broken bones, and a ruptured spleen the doctors and police leave the ancient alchemist to rest. Feigning sleep, Diablo waits until his room is empty before he sucks on the chemicals soaked into his mustache which instantly heal all his injuries. As he pulls off his bandages, Diablo recalls how he learned alchemy in the 9th century and eventually moved from his native Spain to Transylvania, where he ruled a small town until the peasants imprisoned him in the year 1864. He recalled how he freed himself in modern times by tricking the Fantastic Four's Thing into freeing him from his centuries long prison. With his recollection complete, Diablo then begins to search for his costume and other chemicals so he can get his revenge.
Back at the Storm residence, Alicia accidentally stumbles into and breaks a glass table she forgot was in her path. Johnny assures her it's not a problem and uses his flame powers to repair the damage. Suddenly the furniture begins transforming into strange creatures which Johnny destroys with his flame powers. Looking out the window he sees the entire street turning into concrete vines and causing chaos for commuters. He then rushes Alicia to the Four Freedoms Plaza for safety. There he reconnoiters with his new team as they prepare to deal with this new threat.
Elsewhere, Reed and Sue have taken Franklin aboard a train to their new home in Stamford, Connecticut. Along the way Reed hears a radio broadcast about the danger in New York. Concerned about the Fantastic Four, Reed -- despite Sue's protests -- asks Franklin to send his dream-self to New York to check in on things for him. He appears in the city just as the new Fantastic Four appear in front of the hospital where Diablo was being held, which has been transformed into a medieval castle. When Franklin reports this back to his father, Reed is about to go back to the city to lend a hand when Sue reminds him that he promised to let Ben do things his own way, Reed grudgingly agrees with his wife.
Back in New York, Ben and his new team break into the castle, while Johnny and Crystal fly ahead, Ben and Sharon battle the various defenses put in place such as massive stone boulders and a rubber creature. Sharon feels exhilarated being able to cut out at her full strength to vent her anger and frustration. While inside, Johnny and Crystal are attacked by the various medical machinery brought to life by Diablo. As the two bicker with each other, they destroy the various machines attacking them. Finally, Crystal cuts to the point and tells Johnny that she has no intentions of destroying his marriage. When the two come to terms with the situation, Ben and Sharon arrive on the scene and they are soon joined by Diablo. Although Diablo initially holds the heroes at bay, he begins losing ground. Attempting to reach into his mustache for strength enhancing formula, he is suddenly ambushed by Ms. Marvel once again, who restrains him before he can cause any harm.
With Diablo turned over to the authorities, the new Fantastic Four return to their headquarters where Ben commends them on a job well done, and already the group is starting to mesh together even after a rough start. Watching this is Franklin, who has sent his dream form out one last time. He returns to his parents in Stamford, where he informs them that the Fantastic Four have succeeded in their first mission together. Satisfied that they have left the team in good hands, Reed and Sue take their son ahead toward this new chapter in their lives.
Appearing in "Big Trouble on Little Earth!"
- Alicia Masters (Secretly the Skrull spy Lyja)
- Franklin Richards
- New Fantastic Four (First appearance)
- Mole Man
- Antlar (Only appearance)
- Tanakadon (Only appearance)
- Unidentified Member of the Outcasts
- Colossus (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- She-Hulk (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- Iron Man (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- Storm (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- Captain America (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- Thor (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- Dr. Strange (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- Daredevil (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- Black Panther (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- Marvel Girl (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- Spider-Man's Web Shooters
- Captain America's Shield (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- Captain America's Uniform (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- Synapse Disruptor (First appearance)
- Slave Darts (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Big Trouble on Little Earth!"
In deep space the Skrull renegade known as De'Lila is fleeing her pursuers in the Skrull empire. Heading toward Earth with her ship heavily damaged, she is forced to crash land. Although she manages to escape unscathed, her ship explodes stranding her on Earth.
Meanwhile, at the Four Freedoms Plaza, Reed and Sue Richards are spending time with their son Franklin, taking a break from trying to unlock their son's dormant mutant powers. Elsewhere in the facility, Alicia Masters approaches her husband the Human Torch who has been troubled ever since the Fantastic Four returned home from their mission in time and space. Troubled with the fact that he has feelings for Nebula who possessed his mind after the mission, he cannot bring himself to tell his wife about the situation and storms out of the room. In the training room, Ms. Marvel is lifting weights while mulling over how she briefly regained her humanity while the Fantastic Four were trapped on a prehistoric island. She comes to realize that she is trapped in this shell that is keeping her apart from the man she loves. Suddenly, her boyfriend Ben Grimm comes waltzing in with some flowers for her. He also has tickets for a show, but Sharon is less than interested in going out into public that day. Catching on to how Sharon is depressed, Ben relents and tells her if she needs anything to come and see him.
At that moment in deep space, a Skrull warship appears in Earth's solar system hot on the trail of De'Lila. The captain of the ship is furious over how she has escaped their attempts to capture her and demands that his crew capture the fugitive no matter what. Meanwhile, De'Lila has taken on a human guise and takes a moment to distract the security guard at the Four Freedoms Plaza in order to slip inside the headquarters of the Fantastic Four. Finding the Human Torch still brooding over Nebula, De'Lila reads his mind and assumes Nebula's form. Revealing herself to him, De'Lila seduces Johnny, getting close enough for her to knock him out with a weapon she has attached to her hand. Assuming the form of Alicia Masters she then pulls the same trick on Ben, using her "concerns" over Johnny to get close enough to knock Ben out as well. After putting Franklin to bed, Sue is confronted by what appears to be the Sub-Mariner and falls for De'Lila's tricks as well. "Namor" is confronted by the real Alicia Masters who demands to know what is going on, but De'Lila silences her with a single blow across the face. Knowing that Ms. Marvel would be too powerful for her weapon, the Skrull renegade disguises herself as Ben Grimm and tricks Sharon in to drinking a drugged cup of tea. Finally, assuming the form of the Invisible Woman, De'Lila tries to attack Reed in his lab. His naturally pliable body allows him to resist the jolt from her weapon, but after a brief struggle, she manages to knock out Reed as well.
The Skrull ship soon arrives in Earth orbit and seeking a means of tracking De'Lila down, the Skrulls on board begin scanning the planet. They find readings of creatures that share similar features to Skrull physiology and track it to Monster Island. Landing on the island, two Skrull scouts are sent out to investigate and they are horrified to see that the island is infested with monsters and retreat back to their ship. After a deeper scan they discover that these monsters are what their scanners were picking up. Deciding to utilize these monsters to hunt down De'Lila, the Skrulls fire devices that put the monsters under their control, hoping that they will flush them out. Meanwhile, deep below the Earth in Subterranea, one of the Mole Man's Outsider's informs him that someone is stealing the monsters from the island above. Furious at this affront, the Mole Man gathers his forces to confront those on the surface stealing his creatures.
Back at the Four Freedoms Plaza, De'Lila is accessing the Fantastic Four's data banks to locate other super-heroes who she can trick into assisting her on her mission. She is briefly interrupted by news reports about monsters attacking various cities in the world, tipping her off to the fact that her pursuers are getting closer. However she finds who she is looking for and begins to put plans into motion to gather the heroes she needs.
Later, Spider-Man is swinging through the city when suddenly his Spider-Sense starts going wild and compels him to go to the Four Freedoms Plaza. There he finds the Hulk and Wolverine are already on site in the heat of an argument. Spider-Man interrupts before the pair can come to blows and asks them why they are there. The pair tell Spidey it is none of his business, but before they can talk further the security guard comes out of the building telling them that they have been summoned by Susan Richards and that he is to invite them into the Fantastic Four's headquarters as soon as the fourth guest arrives. They suddenly discover who it is when the Ghost Rider speeds by on his motorcycle and begins driving up the side of the Four Freedoms Plaza to the top floors. Spider-Man and Hulk follow suit, ascending the building in their own unique ways leaving an embarrassed Wolverine behind to take the elevator up. Wolverine arrives to see that what appears to have been a battle in the FF's headquarters. Unaware that "Susan Richards" is really De'Lila, she tells them that her team was attacked. She then shows them into Reed's lab where Reed, Ben, Johnny, Sharon, and Alicia are laid out on slabs with blankets over their faces. She tells them that the Fantastic Four have been murdered.
She explains that she hasn't made the news public for fear that the Fantastic Four's enemies may all come out at hiding upon the news getting out and asks the four assembled heroes to assist her on tracking down the killers. She explains that her enemy is responsible for the monsters being set loose all over Earth and provides them with a Sub-Photonic Spectro-Analyizer that she claims will allow them to track the unique energy source of their foe. With "Sue's" proposal finished, Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Hulk and Ghost Rider all agree to help track down the "killer" and bring them to justice.
Appearing in "My Enemy, My Son!"
- Fantastic Four
- Ant-Man (Joins team)
Races and Species:
Synopsis for "My Enemy, My Son!"
The Fantastic Four have returned form the Skrull throneworld to Earth where the Thing finds that his ex-girlfriend Sharon Ventura has been stolen from the medical bay where she was kept in stasis after being mutated by Doctor Doom. Ben goes on a rampage in the lab until he is stopped by Johnny and Sue who remind him that with Reed either dead or missing, they do not have anyone with the expertise to repair anything. When Sue goes to review the security system to see if they have a recording of whoever stole Sharon, they find that the tape is blank. When Ben tells them that they need to get into some money in order to repair their headquarters, Sue tells them that they cannot borrow any money because the banks see them as a financial risk, but she is exploring other avenues. Sue tells them that she has enough surplus money to hire a temporary replacement for Reed. When Johnny hears Sue talking like Reed wasn't killed in Latveria, he tries to get her to come to terms with this reality, Sue snaps back, reminding them that they saw no body and it could all be a trick being played on them by Doom. The argument is cut short when Roberta calls up to inform the group that Reed's temporary replacement has arrived. Sue goes down to interview their would be applicant, telling Ben and Johnny to clear the place up while she is gone. While Ben and Johnny begin cleaning up, they start talking to about Reed, and Johnny asks why Ben never let Reed look at his face, Ben tells him that Reed wasn't a plastic surgeon and he figured it didn't make a difference if his face was scarred or not, a monster is a monster. When Johnny remarks that this isn't the Ben Grimm he remembers, Ben suggests that maybe after Reed the group could use some change.
The conversation is interrupted again, this time by Sue arriving with the new applicant, scientist Scott Lang, who has been recommended to the group by Tony Stark. Lang introduces himself and tells Ben and Johnny how his daughter Cassie is a huge fan of the Fantastic Four. When Johnny offers to sign an autograph for Cassie, Ben becomes agitated and makes a sarcastic comment about sending Cassie a dumbbell bent into the shape of a heart before storming off. Sue tells Scott to ignore the outburst and takes him on a tour of the Four Freedoms Plaza.
Johnny meanwhile directs his thoughts on the baby that his ex-wife Lyja is about to have. He enters her room just as Lyja is waking up from a horrible nightmare where she is being terrorized by Paibok, who murders Johnny. Lyja tells Johnny that there is something she must tell him, but asks her if she really wants to get into it right now, and Lyja decides against telling him, for now. At that moment above Grand Central Station, Franklin Richards watches the city move below him, remarking at the contrast of the wasteland New York has become in his future. The Richards youth is realizing that his grandfather Nathaniel Richards has been intended to send someone else into the past and stop the one responsible for the downfall of the Fantastic Four. Believing that this person is his own mother, Franklin dawns his Psi-Lord armor and heads toward the Four Freedoms Plaza intent on carrying out his mission, regardless of the truth.
Meanwhile, Sue has taken Scott Lang into Reed's Time/Space Laboratory, where Lang is blown away by the technology found there. She explains that his primary job will be to search the data on Doctor Doom's memory module for any trace that indicates that Doom used his matter transferal device to abscond with Reed as some sort of trick to convince the Fantastic Four that both he and Reed perished during their last battle. While outside at a nearby news stand, Ben gets a newspaper and is shocked by a report that Doctor Doom may have resurfaced in Latveria. He decides that he has also been putting off checking in on Alicia Masters and becomes determined to look in on her. Before Ben can go on, he is bumped into by some children buying X-Men comics, who are frightened when they see Ben's scarred face and go running. As Ben processes this, he sees a beam of light head towards the Four Freedoms Plaza and suspects trouble. Ben's right, as Sue and Scott's interview is interrupted the the arrival of Psi-Lord who vows to destroy Sue.
Always suspecting that this teenaged Franklin Richards was an impostor, Sue fights back. As the two fight it out, Sue uses her powers to pull Scott out of the room and seals the door so Franklin cannot harm anyone else. As the battle continues, Ben, Johnny and Lyja join Scott outside and try to break through the door, but to no avail. When all their powers fail to break through, Scott offers his assistance, opening his gym bag he pulls out the helmet belonging to Ant-Man. While inside the lab, Franklin and Sue are at a stalemate, so Franklin decides to change tactics. Dropping his Psi-Lord armor, Franklin gets his mother's guard down by talking to her. When she is sufficiently distracted, he enters her mind with his psi-powers. Inside Sue's mind, Franklin finds that Malice has taken full control of her personality again. Revealing herself to Franklin, Malice lashes out at the boy, intent to destroy him. As that battle of the minds rages, Scott Lang reveals to his new potential employers that he is really Ant-Man. Putting on his costume and shrinking down to size, Ant-Man then enters the lock on the door in order to pick it from inside. While inside Sue's mind, the battle between Franklin and Malice continues. When Franklin appears to gain the upper hand, Malice surprises him by catchin him in a mental probe. While outside, Ant-Man manages to pry the lock open, allowing the others to open the door. They arrive in on Franklin -- now possessed by Malice himself -- standing over the unconscious body of Sue.
The possessed Psi-Lord then blasts the rest of the Fantastic Four away, engages his Psi-Lord armor, and flies away. When Sue revives, Johnny tries to apologize for not believing Sue about Franklin this whole time. However Sue now believes that the boy is truly her son, but is afraid that he and his powers are now under the power of the most evil monster in the world.
Appearing in "Reconstruction Chapter 1: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime"
- Fantastic Four
- Cyclopedia Universum (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Reconstruction Chapter 1: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime"
A mysterious alien being has come to Earth's solar system to hide before it can find itself ample protection. Not long after it's arrival comes Stardust, the Hearld of Galactus who is seeking out this alien presense. No longer able to detect it, Stardust contacts her master who advises Stardust that their quary has cloaked themselves and that he will be there shortly.
Meanwhile at the Baxter Building on Earth, the Thing and the Human Torch have just learned that Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman are taking a leave of absence to work on their marriage, and taking their place will be the Black Panther and is wife Storm. The two have agreed to stay at the Baxter Building and lead the team after the Wakandan embassy was destroyed duringthe super-hero Civil War. Reed and T'Challa explain that while they were investigating the rubble they found that the embassy was loaded with explosives. Tony Stark -- the new director of SHIELD -- promises T'Challa that they will find out who was responsible. The Black Panther tells Tony that if it is discovered that the United States was responsible there will be dire consequences.
With everything explained, the Fantastic Four put on a press conference to announce the changes. The Black Panther explains to the press that he will be staying in the United States to work with the United Nations to help balance power across the world in light of the Super Human Registration Act being put into law in the United States. Reed and Sue also reiterate that they are not quitting the team, but taking a leave of absence to work on their marriage. Sue tells the press that they will be taking a second honeymoon to work things out.
Watching the press conference on television later, Johnny tells Storm that she is great at public relations. Storm thanks him and says it is no easy task, being with the X-Men she is used to speaking her mind, but since marrying T'Challa she has learned to choose her words more carefully as they could impact the entire nation of Wakanda. Elsewhere in the Baxter Building, T'Challa is having his aids move everything into their new headquarters. When inquiring about Reed and Sue, Ben tells him that they left to spend the time on the Saturnian moon of Titan. They are interrupted by T'Challa's aid W'Kabi who tells them that Michael Collin has come to see him.
Remembering Collins as the cyborg known as Deathlok, they are shocked to discover that he is now a normal human being once more. After they have confirmed Collins identity, he asks the new Fantastic Four to accompany him to the grave of Greg Willis, the late hero known as Gravity. The grave has been robbed of its body and Collins explains how Gravity saved the lives of himself and other heroes from the Stranger recently. The Black Panther scans the area and detects that a localized black hole was responsible for the disappearance of Gravity's body. When Ben wishes the Watcher were around to tell them what happene, Storm suggests that they go to the moon and do just that. Soon they take off in a new prototype ship built by Mister Fantastic. When the Black Panther tries to warn them all about the Watcher, Johnny reminds him that everyone in the ship has meet the Watcher in the past.
When they arrive at the Watcher's citadel, they find that Uatu is not speaking to them. In order to get him to talk, the Black Panther has Storm steal the Ultimate Nullifier and he threatens to use it on Uatu if he doesn't talk. The Watcher tells them that if he uses the Ultimate Nullifier he will erase himself from history, a pity Uatu explains, as he tells them that their future child will have a grand roll to play in the future. Ben gets everyone to calm down and Storm tells the Watcher that they have come seeking information, Uatu informs them that all they had to do was ask. The Watcher transports them into the Cyclopedia Universum, the massive storehouse of everything the Watchers have observed. While Uatu is explaining how it works, the Thing manages to find the information they are looking for.
The Fantastic Four are soon off in their ship until they find the adult form of the entity known as Epocho, who is responsible for stealing Gravity's body. Epoch fights against the Fantastic Four, telling them that she needs Gravity for protection and to leave before she is detected. However it is too late as soon Epoch is found by the Silver Surfer.
Appearing in "A Clear & Present Danger"
- Fantastic Four
- Johnny's Ad-Hoc Fantastic Four
- Hellscout (Kenneth Tennyson)
- Sub-Mariner (Namor)
- Gornkai (First appearance)
- Maximus the Mad (Maximus Boltagon)
- Gideon Trust
- Lenny of Damage Control (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- E.H. Harrelson
Races and Species:
- Annihilus (Only in flashback)
- Black Bolt (Mentioned)
- Mole Man (Mentioned)
- Annihilus (Mentioned)
- Iron Man (Mentioned)
- Captain America (Mentioned)
- Luke Cage (Mentioned)
- Wasp (Mentioned)
- Franklin Richards (Mentioned)
- Negative Zone
- Four Freedoms Plaza (Ruins)
Synopsis for "A Clear & Present Danger"
Several Months Ago:
A group of beings are searching the Negative Zone and come across the ruins of the Four Freedoms Plaza trapped in a force field. They report it back to their master who is satisfied that they have found salvation with this discovery.
At the New York headquarters of the Gideon Trust, the General watches live footage of the Sub-Mariner attacking on of their oil rigs where they are extracting the mineral riches of the Negative Zone to Earth. When his assistant asks if they should deploy security to deal with Namor, the General believes that he should be a problem for the United States government to deal with. Soon the Sub-Mariner is attacking New York City. The authorities respond in force and they notice that Namor appears to have gone insane. Meanwhile at the Baxter Building, Johnny Storm is warmed by realtors who are seeking to get the Fantastic Four to sign on their clients as potential tenants in the newly reconstructed building. Realizing that he is in over his head, Johnny forces them out. He is soon contacted by Lenny of Damage Control who informs him that the Sub-Mariner is on the rampage again. Johnny flames on and face off against the Sub-Mariner, but when Johnny demands that Namor reveal why he is attacking the city again, he finds that Namor will not answer his demands.
Meanwhile, in the Negative Zone, the rest of the Fantastic Four are travelling in a ship provided by the people of Pilgrim Rock. They and the Hellscout are heading off to a world where the Gideon Trust's N-Explorers are strip-mining a world, with potentially dangerous results. While they consider what they might be facing they question why Annihilus has not done anything about it. Reed posits that it is possible that the threat could be even more powerful than Annihilus himself. The Fantastic Four arrive on the alien world to find a number of surviving Balurrians fighting over escape ships off their now baron world. The FF and Hellscout break up the fight and learn from Gornkai, a Balurrian known to Hellscout, that other humans from the Fantastic Four's universe were responsible for decimating this planet. Reed and the others convince the Balurrians to join their side to stop these pirates. Reed is then shown where the attackers left and he picks up the ion trails of their ship and believes he can use it to follow them to their next location.
Back in New York City, the Torch and Namor battle over Central Park. There Namor tosses Johnny into the water, snuffing out his flame. The Sub-Mariner is about to drown Johnny when the She-Hulk arrives on the scene and knocks Namor away. As Namor and She-Hulk duke it out, the monarch of the deep suddenly screams in pain and collapses to the ground. Suddenly Ant-Man appears before Johnny and She-Hulk, explaining that he took Namor down with a wasp-sting to the inner ear. Realizing that the Sub-Mariner was not in control of himself, the three heroes abscond with him before the New York Police can arrive on the scene. While back in the Negative Zone, the Fantastic Four and the refugees are building a device that can transport them to the next world the pirates are going to raid. While working Sue spots a Balurrian woman and her baby and it gets her thinking about her son Franklin who she misses terribly. She then has an awkward moment with Hellscout who gets a little too touchy when trying to understand her powers and how the temperature control of Sue's costume help make her hard to see by those who can use infrared to try and detect her by her body heat.
While back in New York City, Ant-Man has examined the Sub-Mariner's brain and has discovered that it has been charged with negative ions which resulted in his rampage. They are soon joined by Namorita who had come looking for her cousin and tells them that she sent away the sea creatures Namor summoned. They all agree to work together to find out who manipulated Namor's mind and bring them to justice, filling in for the rest of the Fantastic Four while they are missing. By this point Namor awakens and is back to normal and offers to join their side as well. However both Johnny and Ant-Man insist that it is a bad idea given how New York is pretty upset about his unprovoked attack and tell him that he needs to lay low. Johnny is very interested to know that the Gideon Trust is responsible for his rampage. Back in the Negative Zone, the rest of the Fantastic Four finish their device. They use it to transport themselves, Hellscout and Gornkai to the next location the pirates were attacking. They arrive to find that they are too late. Among the bodies Reed is surprised to see Alpha Primitives among the dead. Soon they are surrounded by survivors and their leader: Maximus the Mad, who proposes a truce with his old enemies to stop their mutual foes.
Collecting Fantastic Four Vol 1 1, #81, #132, #168, #265, #307, #347, #384 and #544; and Fantastic Four Vol 3 42.
- ↑ This issue is considered the start of the Marvel Universe. It was first coined as Earth-616 in Daredevils #7, however as Marvel began incorporating super-hero stories from their predecessors Timely and Atlas Comics, the first appearance of Earth-616 has been retconned back to Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1 which feature the first appearance of the Sub-Mariner.
- ↑ The cab driver that drives Sue early on in this story is seen again in Fantastic Four #160.
- ↑ Prior to their rocket flight, Reed and Sue were pulled forward in time to the future of Earth-60166 where they met numerous versions of their future selves who were gathered by their Earth-60166 counterparts to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary as seen in Fantastic Four: The Wedding Special #1. When Reed and Sue are returned to the exact moment that they were taken from, they retained no memory of the festivities.
- ↑ As Marvel has continued to publish stories eventually they had to institute a Sliding Timescale as a means of slowing down the advance of time in the Marvel Universe over the length of publications in real time. This was to prevent aging their characters quickly as well as updating dated plot concepts, generalizing real-life events or dates that are mentioned in various stories. Thus all such references should be considered topical references. When Fantastic Four #1 was published in 1961, Reed's spaceship is specifically referred to as a rocket, and his intentions for his mission is to beat the Soviet Union in the space race. Contextually, the story was published during the height of the US/Soviet Space Race, which saw both countries competing to see which one could develop manned space flights. Since then, many retellings of the Fantastic Four's origin have changed the details of Reed Richards' space flight, updating concepts so that they were not considered dated more modern readers. Such as: Fantastic Four #2 states that Reed was attempting to reach Mars. Other stories since then have generalized where his destination was supposed to be. Later in Fantastic Four #236, the origin of the Fantastic Four was updated, it was stated that Reed's experimental ship was intended to travel to the edge of the solar system and while it needed a rocket booster to reach escape velocity from Earth's atmosphere it relied on a Star Drive to reach its destination. This tale also goes on to expand on how the quartet was mutated. Fantastic Four #358 published in 1991 states that the "Star Drive" was intended to bring them into hyperspace in order to visit other solar systems. Fantastic Four #543 stated that Richards was testing faster-than-light space travel.
- ↑ There are conflicting accounts as to where the Fantastic Four's ship crashed. First it is stated that the crash site of the Marvel-1 (Reeds' rocketship) is identified as North of Ithaca, New York in Fantastic Four #245 and Thing #10. Fantastic Four #296 states that the ship crashed in Stockton, New York. Fantastic Four Vol 3 #13 depicts the Fantastic Four crash landing on an island out on an unspecified ocean, while Fantastic Four Vol 3 #60 states that they crashed outside of Central City, California.
- ↑ The Thing is depicted here with dinosaur-like skin, he maintains this appearance until he eventually he developed his trademark rocky appearance by Fantastic Four #10. Marvel Two-In-One #50 went on to explain that the Thing's form continued to mutate after his initial transformation.
- ↑ What caused the Fantastic Four to mutate and gain their powers has also been expanded upon over time. Fantastic Four #1 simply states that it was cosmic rays that caused the mutations. Other interpretations are: Fantastic Four #197 goes on to state that it was not just cosmic rays that caused the Fantastic Four to get their powers. It states that sunspot activity caused flaring through the Van Allen Belts causing an increase in neuron activity. The combination of this and the cosmic rays caused the mutations. Fantastic Four #529-532 posits that the cause of the cosmic ray storm was actually a message being transmitted by a creature called the Entity who was seeking out those who seek universal truths as he did. This same storyline also shows Reed Richards going back to the dawn of the universe and his views of himself and his teammates were ingrained on the original cosmic rays that would eventually imprint the Fantastic Four's unique abilities.
- ↑ Events surrounding this issue have also been expanded outside of retelling how the Fantastic Four got their powers. Fantastic Four: First Family #1 tells what happened to the Fantastic Four from the moment they crash landed and were taken into government custody to Reed Richards beginning to set up the Fantastic Four prior to their battle with the Mole Man. The rest of the series happens between Fantastic Four #2 and 3
- ↑ The Mole Man's origins were expended in Daredevil Vol 3 #10 and Marvel Universe #4-7.
- ↑ The monsters of Monster Isle were revealed as having been created by the Deviants as per Marvel Universe #7.
- ↑ Although Monster Island appears to be destroyed in this story, it actually endured the blast as it was later visited by the X-Men on three occasions thereafter in X-Men First Class Vol 2 #2-3 and X-Men First Class Special #1, and X-Men: The Hidden Years #22. Marvel Universe #7 specifies that the monsters that live here were also created by the Deviants centuries earlier.
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