A synthetic material created/discovered by the famous scientist Reed Richards, which can be altered easily and adapt to a certain environment, allowing them to be incredibly resilient to drastic changes in heat, cold, pressure, density, dirt, etc. making them ideal for use as superhero costumes.
Unstable Molecules are configuration of unknown atomic nuclei and electrons discovered or synthesized by Reed Richards, which is responsive to certain energized matter around it. Used in the making of clothing for the Fantastic Four and certain other superhuman beings, unstable molecular cloth mimics its wearer's physical properties, it can turns invisible like The Invisible Woman, allowing it to stretch like Mister Fantastic and burst into flame without burning like the Human Torch.
They exist on the Angstrom edge between matter and energy and can interchange between either. These can be bonded to "Anchor" molecules and transfer any change in environment they experience to these anchor molecules. They will revert to normal when the environment does so.
The costumes made of third generation unstable molecules were designed with default patterns which could be modified by concentrating. For example, Spider-Man was able change his costume's coloring and markings, allowing him to modify his Future outfit, or to switch between it and his regular outfit.
- Despite being invented by Reed Richards, Unstable Molecules did appear quite a lot in early Marvel comics, often as a quick science explanation. One of the earliest documented appearances outside the Fantastic Four is in Tales to Astonish #35, published in September of 1962.
- In What If? #34 there is an alternate reality that explores the possibility of Reed Richards not inventing unstable molecules for the Fantastic Four Uniforms. This reality is designated as Earth-24883.
- 21 appearances of Unstable Molecules
- 2 minor appearances of Unstable Molecules
- 34 mentions of Unstable Molecules
- 3 images of Unstable Molecules
- Gallery of Unstable Molecules