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Reed Richards
Who knows what happens when you send a- a nougat cluster or chocolate into a negative dimension. I could be sending them a bomb for all I know... or poison.
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Ben Grimm
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Reed Richards
I'll probably send them a couple of toys.
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Ben Grimm
Why would you send them your toys?
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Reed Richards
Just to say hi.
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Ben Grimm
Uh, you're not going to go and try to send yourself, are you?
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Appearing in "The Fantastic: Part 1"

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  • N-Zone Portal Prototype (Phase 7)


Synopsis for "The Fantastic: Part 1"

21 Years Ago:
Gary Richards and his wife give birth to their first child, Reed.

11 Years Ago:
Reed is the smartest student at Midtown Middle School. Because of this, he is not very well-liked by other students. A group of bullies torment Reed by shoving his face into a toilet in the boys room. But the star quarterback, Ben Grimm, scares them off and walks Reed home. Reed agrees to help Ben with his trig homework.

Arriving home, Reed shows Ben a project he has been working on in the garage. Using scrap and spare parts found around the house, he is attempting to construct his own teleportation device. Reed's bratty sister Enid finds the two tinkering about and threatens to tell their parents unless Reed agrees to teleport her once he gets the thing working. He reluctantly agrees just to get her out of his hair.

Late into the evening, Reed continues to experiment with some stuff up in his room. There is a loud sonic boom and a blinding flash of light. His mother and father race into the room to see what is the matter. His father, who regards Reed as a gigantic burden, berates him thoroughly and tells him that he is grounded.

6 Months Later
Reed introduces a miniature version of his teleportation device at the Midtown Middle School Science Fair. He successfully sends a toy car into a parallel dimension he calls the N-Zone (Or at least he thinks he does. He actually has no idea whether his device works beyond the fact of making the car disappear).

After school, a government agent named Lumpkin arrives at the Richards household. He tells them that he represents a scientific think tank in Manhattan that recruits young geniuses such as Reed. He offers to pay the Richards an undisclosed sum of money for the opportunity to have Reed transferred to their Baxter Building facility. Hungry for money, his parents agree.

Lumpkin takes Reed to the Baxter Building and introduces him to the project's administrator Dr. Franklin Storm. Storm introduces young Reed to his children, Susan and Johnny. He shows Reed that the project has created its own teleportation device, but they have never been able to actually pierce the N-Zone barrier.

However, using the machine as a transmitter, they were actually successful in receiving material information – in the form of a small toy truck. Reed's truck to be exact.

Reed has but one word to describe his awe and wonder, "fantastic".


  • References to the Fantastic Four have been made in various books, including The Ultimates and Ultimate Spider-Man. This means that this volume took place earlier in the timeline, possibly even before the debut of Ultimate Spider-Man.
  • The Fantastic Four briefly appeared in Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, but that issue is considered non-canon in regards to the continuity of the Ultimate Universe. The did, however, appear in the Ultimate Marvel Team Up Super Special, and that appearance is certainly canonical.
  • Earliest chronological appearances of Reed Richards and Ben Grimm. The two will not begin to use the names Mister Fantastic and the Thing for several more issues.


  • In the Ultimate continuity, Reed Richards father is named Gary. In the Earth-616 continuity, his father is the time traveling warlord, Nathaniel Richards.
  • Agent Lumpkin is named for a character in the Marvel-616 Universe known as Willie Lumpkin. Willie was the US postal worker that delivered mail to the Baxter Building for many years. In the 2005 Fantastic Four movie, Willie is portrayed by Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee.
  • Gary Richards refers to Ben by his football nickname the "Grimm Reaper".

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