- So we'll begin here... with you and me. With a new focus for your ongoing and never-ending education. Our curriculum wil start at survival and end at the edge of an eternal tommorrow. The rules are simple... I teach one class, and it's pass or fail. Welcome to the Future Foundation... Together, there is nothing we can't do.
Appearing in "The Future Foundation"
- Fantastic Four
- Future Foundation (First appearance)
- Singularity Conference
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
- Ted Castle
- Moy-2515 (First appearance)
- Alex Ultron
- Natalie X
- Hulk Jr. (Bruce Banner Jr.)
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Synopsis for "The Future Foundation"
In Golden Colorado, Reed Richards is the featured speaker at the annual Singularity conference. He starts by telling them that they had grown quickly in the ten years the conference was formed. However, he points out that other than the She-Hulk's speech on the ethics and legal problems of genetic engineering, none of the other individuals that are part of this group have lived up to his expectations. After picking apart the all the other papers as being thinly veiled agendas. Reed then tells them that he has figured out why this group is no longer effective: They have grown old. He explains that they have all come to fear tomorrow and that has hindered their ability do productive work. With that, Reed announces his resignation from Singularity, as his burning passion for knowledge is taking him in newer bolder directions.
A week later, Reed goes to the roof of the Baxter Building to greet Alex Power who has agreed to come and study under him. As they descend into the Baxter Building, Alex expresses his doubts as he feels that the others Reed has brought together are going to overshadow him. Reed explains that he selected Alex because of the experiences he has had as a member of the Power Pack. Meanwhile, at Old Atlantis, the Invisible Woman is meeting with King Ul-Uhar to propose that he allow his two children to join the Fantastic Four in New York so they can be a part of the greater world. Back at the Baxter Building, the four intelligent Moloid children, Tong, Turg, Korr, and Mik mull over Reed's invitation to join them and after some debate, they decide to take Mister Fantastic up on his offer.
While on Nu-World, time continues along on it's increased rate. At 17 years, Ted Castle has erected a time bubble to prevent himself and his equipment from being affected by the sped up time. At 105 years he has completed construction of Moy-2114, a life-like robot based on his late wife, Alyssa. Outside of the time distortion, the Ultron Collective settles on an uninhabited moon. At 197 years, Natalie X has been enhanced enough that all living things on Nu-World become part of her massive collective brain. At 221 years, Lightwave still sits on his throne thinking of the time he was a herald of Galactus. At 326 years the Hulk begins to grow older.
At the Baxter Building, as Johnny and Ben play with Franklin, Valeria is working to upgrade the Dragon Man's artificial mind to increase his level of intelligence. While at the P.A.V.L.O.V. Metahuman Psychiatric Institute, Mister Fantastic pays a visit to the Wizard. In order to get the insane villain to become lucid enough to talk, he has the doctors give the Wizard his helmet back. Reed cuts through the Wizards insane pseudo-scientific and religious babble to tell him that prove a point to him. To prove that the Wizard wasted his opportunities by being evil, Reed is going to teach his cloned son -- Bentley Thirty-Two -- how to be an intelligent force for good.
With all of his students gathered, Mister Fantastic welcomes them to the first class of the Future Foundation, whose mandate it will be to solve everything.
Faced with the death of imagination and growing pandemic of tomorrow fear, Reed Richards takes the future of discovery into his own hands. Think the world is a bad place, everything is going to hell, and the end times are surely around the corner? Try reading the World's Greatest Comic Magazine.
- The narrative of this story states that it takes place in the year 2010. This should be considered a topical reference relative to the date of publication per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
- This story is reprinted in Fantastic Four: Jonathan Hickman Vol. 3.
Links and References
- First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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