The Fantastic Four had been on the decline for a while at Marvel Comics, and in the wake of Secret Wars, the super-team was officially disbanded — but all that is about to change.
Reed and Sue Richards, along with their kids, stuck around in the remnants of the multiverse to help repopulate it with news realities once Doomworld collapsed at the end of Secret Wars. That’s apparently where they are to this day, though the other two members of the Fantastic Four are quite alive and kicking in the main Marvel Comics continuity. Ben Grimm (aka The Thing) is working for S.H.I.E.L.D., while Johnny Storm (aka the Human Torch) is working with the Inhumans.
In December, Marvel is set to launch a throwback-style title called Marvel Two-In-One: The Thing and the Human Torch, which will follow the duo as they seek to reunite the foursome. It’ll be written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Jim Cheung, and looks to pick up the pieces left behind after Secret Wars and finally reveal what happened to the Richards family — and if they’ll ever be coming back.
Not surprisingly, Doctor Doom will play a role, as he apparently holds the key to reaching Reed and Sue (which isn’t a surprise, since he ruled all of reality during Secret Wars). With Doom actually working as a hero in Infamous Iron Man, that should certainly make for one fascinating dynamic.
Here’s how Zdarsky described the project to Newsarama:
“It’s Ben and Johnny diving headfirst into the mystery of what happened to them. The world presumes that Reed, Sue, and the kids are dead, but Johnny especially can’t accept that fact. So we’re heading on a road trip to find out what happened…
Well, unbeknownst to Ben and Johnny, Doom holds the key to finding the missing heroes. Writing Doom is insanely fun, and my favorite Marvel book right now is Infamous Iron Man, so it’s great to be able to play with what Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev have been doing with the character … [T]his title is going to be pretty heavy on the FF characters, and FF-adjacent.”
Marvel isn’t playing coy with what the series will tackle, subtitling the run “The Fate of the Four.” The publisher hasn’t done much with the characters in recent years, instead leaning into heroes they can leverage on the big screen, but the FF have a storied and rich history. Hopefully after some time on the shelf, Marvel can finally find a place for the First Family in its new pecking order.
What do you think? Glad to see the Fantastic Four are potentially getting back together?