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Fantastic Four #337{{Marvel Database:Comic Template Release Date| Image = Fantastic Four Vol 1 337.jpg | Month = 2 | Year = 1990

| Editor-in-Chief = Tom DeFalco | CoverArtist1 = Walt Simonson

| Quotation = Didn't we finish lockin' up all the bad guys last week, Suzy? | Speaker = Thing (Benjamin Grimm)

| StoryTitle1 = Into the Time Stream! | Writer1_1 = Walt Simonson | Penciler1_1 = Walt Simonson | Inker1_1 = Walt Simonson | Colourist1_1 = Max Scheele | Letterer1_1 = Bill Oakley | Editor1_1 = Ralph Macchio | Synopsis1 = The Fantastic Four are awoken from their sleep by the sound of an alarm coming from Reed's lab. They rush there to see Reed working desperately over a massive machine. After taking some readings he orders Sue to place an invisible force field against a part of the room. When she does, the walls suddenly year open revealing an endless void on the other side. Before Reed can answer their questions, he activates shielding walls to cover open the hole and has Sue drop her force field. Then inspecting the area near the wall, he finds metal fragments that confirm his suspicions. As Reed begins trying to analyze the data, Johnny manages to get an explanation from him: that tear in the wall was a glimpse of the future, their future. Reed goes on to explain that he is following up on something he started to investigate during he and Sue's brief stint with the Avengers. He tells them about a previous Avengers mission that brought them to a Time Bubble that exists some 20 years in the future that is virtually impenetrable. Reed explains that its is speculated that a renegade Celestial is responsible for the Bubble and is using it to hide a weapon of incalculable power. The Avengers attempted to piece the bubble in order to stop the Council of Cross-Time Kangs from obtaining it.

Reed explains his latest experiment, the Radical Dodecahedron a device that will allow him to pierce through time and space. He goes on to tell his teammates that the bomb that was unleashed was an attempt to destroy his invention. Reed demonstrates why by taking Ben's cigar and placing it on a device. When he transports it a few seconds into the future it blinks out of time momentarily. However when Reed tries to send it some 100 years in the future, nothing happens. He finishes his demonstration by explaining that the Time Bubble prevents anything from travelling forward in time beyond its creation point. Reed then tells his team that they are going to try and find a way to destroy the Time Bubble and save their future.

While Sue calls the Power family to see if they can babysit Franklin, Reed tries to take a nap. His dreams are haunted by a blue skinned woman who tries to seduce him, but he resists due to the love he has for his wife. Meanwhile, Ben and Sharon are paying a visit to the construction site where Avengers Mansion is being rebuilt. There they meet with Captain America and Thor to discuss the Fantastic Four's mission to try and pierce the Time Bubble. Hearing about their mission, Thor agrees to accompany them due to his past experience with the Time Bubble. While back at the Four Freedoms Plaza, Johnny is training and exhausts himself. His wife Alicia suggests that Johnny should take a nap. When he does, his dreams are also invaded by the strange blue skinned woman. In this dream the woman is terrorized by a monster which Johnny destroys with his flame powers. The woman thanks Johnny with a kiss that he resists at first, then allows to have happen.

After Sue drops Franklin off at the Power home, the Fantastic Four are also visited by Iron Man who has flown in from the west coast to assist them on their mission. Reed shows his friends his invention that he hopes will help them pierce the Time Bubble: his Time-Sled, dubbed the Rosebud II. As they prepare to depart, Iron Man brings up possible interference from Kang, but Reed is certain that their foe is unable to locate the Time Bubble. Before they leave, Alicia tries to kiss Johnny goodbye, but he suddenly sees her as a the blue woman from his dream and freaks out momentarily. With everything in order, the Fantastic Four and their two allies board the Time-Sled. When the device is activated they begin travelling through the time stream. Soon they are visited by an infinite number of versions of themselves traversing time to reach the same location. As they speed ahead of the others, Johnny is suddenly haunted by visions of the mystery woman from his dream. Moments later they begin to approach the barrier of the Time Bubble. Reed and Iron Man complete their last calculations just seconds before they slam into the barrier....

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| Notes = ===Continuity Notes===

  • Reed mentions that he and Sue had a brief stint with the Avengers. This occurred in Avengers #299-303.
  • Reed mentions that the Radical Dodecahedron was based off his Radical Cube, which Reed first invented to travel into the Negative Zone in Fantastic Four #51.
  • The woman with the blue skin is "Kang-Nebula" who was last seen in Avengers #297 where she and Dr. Druid got caught in the Time Bubble. She is not who she seems to be...:
    • She first appeared as a female Kang in Avengers #291, was revealed to be a member of the Council of Cross-Time Kangs who had chosen "Nebula" as her individual name in Avengers #293 and, by claiming to be the granddaughter of Thanos, implied that she was the space pirate known as Nebula in Avengers #296.
    • In reality she is actually Kang's lover Ravonna who was put in a death like coma in Avengers #24. She was later revived by the Grandmaster, as seen in Avengers Annual #21, after Kang gave up the power to save her life to instead try to destroy the Avengers (as seen in Avengers #71). When the Grandmaster revealed the truth, Ravonna decided to get revenge against her lover, developing the Nebula cover to infiltrate the Cross-Time Kangs and get her revenge.
  • The Time Bubble, according to Marvel Encyclopedia: Fantastic Four, is designated in the future of Earth-8810. In this story Reed states that the Time Bubble exists between the years 2005 and 2020. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 this should be considered a topical reference. As the Sliding Timescale moves forward, then the dates that the Time Bubble exists should change and should be generalized in the context of this story. The Time Bubble exists 15 years in the future relative to this story [1]. This story was published in 1990, thus 15 years from that perspective is the year 2005. 1990 falls under "Year Eight" of Marvel time. Per the rules of the Sliding Timescale, new comics are considered to have been published 2016 are part of "Year Fourteen". New comics are also considered as happening "today". That said, in the year 2016 this story took place in 2010 per the Sliding Timescale. Based on that calculation the Time Bubble would exist 15 years from 2010 in the year 2025. When Marvel time rolls over into "Year Fifteen" in 2018, this story would have taken place in 2011 and the Time Bubble will in turn exist in the year 2026.
  • Likewise when the display on Rosebud II lists the Fantastic Four passing through the years 1996 and 1999, these should be considered topical references relative to the date of publication.

| Trivia = | Recommended = | Links = |Fantastic Four Vol 1 337=Fantastic Four Vol 1 337|Fantastic Four #337=Fantastic Four Vol 1 337|=|=|%ARGS%=§ Image = Fantastic Four Vol 1 337.jpg § Month = 2 § Year = 1990

§ Editor-in-Chief = Tom DeFalco § CoverArtist1 = Walt Simonson

§ Quotation = Didn't we finish lockin' up all the bad guys last week, Susan Storm (Earth-616)§Suzy? § Speaker = Benjamin Grimm (Earth-616)§Thing (Benjamin Grimm)

§ StoryTitle1 = Into the Time Stream! § Writer1_1 = Walt Simonson § Penciler1_1 = Walt Simonson § Inker1_1 = Walt Simonson § Colourist1_1 = Max Scheele § Letterer1_1 = Bill Oakley § Editor1_1 = Ralph Macchio § Synopsis1 = The Fantastic Four are awoken from their sleep by the sound of an alarm coming from Reed's lab. They rush there to see Reed working desperately over a massive machine. After taking some readings he orders Sue to place an invisible force field against a part of the room. When she does, the walls suddenly year open revealing an endless void on the other side. Before Reed can answer their questions, he activates shielding walls to cover open the hole and has Sue drop her force field. Then inspecting the area near the wall, he finds metal fragments that confirm his suspicions. As Reed begins trying to analyze the data, Johnny manages to get an explanation from him: that tear in the wall was a glimpse of the future, their future. Reed goes on to explain that he is following up on something he started to investigate during he and Sue's brief stint with the Avengers. He tells them about a previous Avengers mission that brought them to a Time Bubble that exists some 20 years in the future that is virtually impenetrable. Reed explains that its is speculated that a renegade Celestial is responsible for the Bubble and is using it to hide a weapon of incalculable power. The Avengers attempted to piece the bubble in order to stop the Council of Cross-Time Kangs from obtaining it.

Reed explains his latest experiment, the Radical Dodecahedron a device that will allow him to pierce through time and space. He goes on to tell his teammates that the bomb that was unleashed was an attempt to destroy his invention. Reed demonstrates why by taking Ben's cigar and placing it on a device. When he transports it a few seconds into the future it blinks out of time momentarily. However when Reed tries to send it some 100 years in the future, nothing happens. He finishes his demonstration by explaining that the Time Bubble prevents anything from travelling forward in time beyond its creation point. Reed then tells his team that they are going to try and find a way to destroy the Time Bubble and save their future.

While Sue calls the Power family to see if they can babysit Franklin, Reed tries to take a nap. His dreams are haunted by a blue skinned woman who tries to seduce him, but he resists due to the love he has for his wife. Meanwhile, Ben and Sharon are paying a visit to the construction site where Avengers Mansion is being rebuilt. There they meet with Captain America and Thor to discuss the Fantastic Four's mission to try and pierce the Time Bubble. Hearing about their mission, Thor agrees to accompany them due to his past experience with the Time Bubble. While back at the Four Freedoms Plaza, Johnny is training and exhausts himself. His wife Alicia suggests that Johnny should take a nap. When he does, his dreams are also invaded by the strange blue skinned woman. In this dream the woman is terrorized by a monster which Johnny destroys with his flame powers. The woman thanks Johnny with a kiss that he resists at first, then allows to have happen.

After Sue drops Franklin off at the Power home, the Fantastic Four are also visited by Iron Man who has flown in from the west coast to assist them on their mission. Reed shows his friends his invention that he hopes will help them pierce the Time Bubble: his Time-Sled, dubbed the Rosebud II. As they prepare to depart, Iron Man brings up possible interference from Kang, but Reed is certain that their foe is unable to locate the Time Bubble. Before they leave, Alicia tries to kiss Johnny goodbye, but he suddenly sees her as a the blue woman from his dream and freaks out momentarily. With everything in order, the Fantastic Four and their two allies board the Time-Sled. When the device is activated they begin travelling through the time stream. Soon they are visited by an infinite number of versions of themselves traversing time to reach the same location. As they speed ahead of the others, Johnny is suddenly haunted by visions of the mystery woman from his dream. Moments later they begin to approach the barrier of the Time Bubble. Reed and Iron Man complete their last calculations just seconds before they slam into the barrier....

§ Appearing1 = Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

Locations:

Items:

Vehicles:

§ Notes = ===Continuity Notes===

  • Reed, Sue, Ben, and Sharon were last seen in {c§Incredible Hulk #365}, while Johnny was last seen in the second story of {c§Avengers Spotlight #29} and Franklin was last seen in {c§Power Pack #54}.
  • Reed mentions that he and Sue had a brief stint with the Avengers. This occurred in {C§Avengers #299}-{c§Avengers #303§303}.
  • Reed mentions that the Radical Dodecahedron was based off his Radical Cube, which Reed first invented to travel into the Negative Zone in {c§Fantastic Four #51}.
  • The members of the Power Family appear here between {c§Power Pack #54} and {c§Power Pack #55§55}.
  • The woman with the blue skin is "Kang-Nebula" who was last seen in {c§Avengers #297} where she and Dr. Druid got caught in the Time Bubble. She is not who she seems to be...:
    • She first appeared as a female Kang in {c§Avengers #291}, was revealed to be a member of the Council of Cross-Time Kangs who had chosen "Nebula" as her individual name in {c§Avengers Vol 1 293} and, by claiming to be the granddaughter of Thanos, implied that she was the space pirate known as Nebula (Earth-616)§Nebula in {c§Avengers Vol 1 296}.
    • In reality she is actually Kang's lover Ravonna who was put in a death like coma in {c§Avengers #24}. She was later revived by the En Dwi Gast (Earth-616)§Grandmaster, as seen in {c§Avengers Annual #21}, after Kang gave up the power to save her life to instead try to destroy the Avengers (as seen in {c§Avengers #71}). When the Grandmaster revealed the truth, Ravonna decided to get revenge against her lover, developing the Nebula cover to infiltrate the Cross-Time Kangs and get her revenge.
  • Ben and Sharon arrive at the site of the former Avengers Mansion. Avengers Mansion was destroyed during an attack by the Masters of Evil (Earth-616)§Masters of Evil in {c§Avengers #274}-{c§Avengers #277§277}. The group relocated to Hydrobase in {c§Avengers #285} until it was sunk during the Acts of Vengeance (Event)§Acts of Vengeance conspiracy in {c§Avengers #311}. They began rebuilding Avengers Mansion in {c§Avengers #314} and construction is finally completed later in {c§Avengers #329}.
  • Captain America appears here between {c§Captain America #371} and {c§Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol 3 #10}. Thor appears here from the third story in {C§Avengers Annual #19} and Iron Man was previously seen in {c§Iron Man #253}.
  • The Time Bubble, according to {c§Marvel Encyclopedia Vol 1 Fantastic Four§Marvel Encyclopedia: Fantastic Four}, is designated in the future of Earth-8810. In this story Reed states that the Time Bubble exists between the years 2005 and 2020. Per the Glossary:Sliding Timescale§Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 this should be considered a Glossary:Topical Reference§topical reference. As the Sliding Timescale moves forward, then the dates that the Time Bubble exists should change and should be generalized in the context of this story. The Time Bubble exists 15 years in the future relative to this story [2]. This story was published in 1990, thus 15 years from that perspective is the year 2005. 1990 falls under "Year Eight" of Marvel time. Per the rules of the Sliding Timescale, new comics are considered to have been published 2016 are part of "Year Fourteen". New comics are also considered as happening "today". That said, in the year 2016 this story took place in 2010 per the Sliding Timescale. Based on that calculation the Time Bubble would exist 15 years from 2010 in the year 2025. When Marvel time rolls over into "Year Fifteen" in 2018, this story would have taken place in 2011 and the Time Bubble will in turn exist in the year 2026.

§ Trivia = § Recommended = § Links =

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History

Rosebud II[3]

The Time-Sleds were time and space machines that were invented by Mister Fantastic of the Fantastic Four. The first model, nicknamed "Rosebud II" was first used by the Fantastic Four and their allies Thor and Iron Man to destroy the Time Bubble which existed in the future of Earth-8810.[4] On their way home the Sled accidentally took them to the alternate reality of Earth-9061 where the Cold War was reaching nuclear war. When the Fantastic Four solved the political problems in that world they made the necessary adjustments to return home.[5] However their forays into time attracted the attention of the Time Variance Authority who caused Rosebud II to crash land on a prehistoric island, which later vanished into time. Although the Fantastic Four managed to escape, Rosebud II was lost to them.[6]

Rosebud III[7]

Later Reed created a new Time-Sled, nicknamed "Rosebud III", and the Fantastic Four used it to travel to Chronopolis to assist the Avengers, Dr. Druid and the Temptress defeat Kang.[8]

When Mister Fantastic was seemingly slain battling Dr. Doom, [9] the Invisible Woman was unconvinced that her husband was dead and hired Scott Lang (AKA Ant-Man) to utilize Reed's equipment to locate him. One of these items included the Time-Sled. [10] With reports Doom was alive, Sue used the Time-Sled to travel to Latveria, only to discover it was her husband's father Nathaniel posing as the monarch. [11] Nathaniel later baited Sue to use the Time-Sled to transport them to the realm of the Tibetan Monks that were loyal to Doctor Doom, on the false promise that it would lead to answers regarding the whereabouts of her husband. No sooner did they arrive was the Time-Sled destroyed by the monks. [12] Sometime later, Reed was discovered alive and well, and he rejoined the team. [13]

Years later, Reed designed a new Time-Sled that allowed the Fantastic Four to travel back in time the the days of the American Frontier. [14]

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Time Travel

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