Which member of the Fantastic Four just got killed? [Spoiler!]

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Dec 14, 2012

One of the Fantastic Four just journeyed to Marvel Heaven, where characters go to their not-so-very-final resting place. But which one of them died to turn the Fantastic Four into the Three? Read on for some serious spoilers.

Sadly, in Fantastic Four #587, released today, we learned that the Human Torch is the one who gets torched.

It turns out Marvel has been planning this flame-off for two years—and that's just the first step in a grander scheme. Comic Book Resource writes:

"Jonathan Hickman [writer of Fantastic Four] came to us two years ago with a vision for evolving the characters and concepts introduced to fans 50 years ago in Fantastic Four #1—and quite frankly his vision blew us away," said Tom Brevoort, Marvel Entertainment SVP of Publishing. "The death of the Human Torch is the first major move in this incredibly exciting evolution of the legendary Fantastic Four franchise and a necessary part of the larger story we will be telling featuring the beloved characters moving forward."

In fact, this isn't the only death: the Fantastic Four will be ending as of issue #588.

There is no news as to what will become of the surviving characters, but we're guessing they'll form a new group (and a new comic), the Fantastic Three.

Johnny Storm became the Human Torch when he was 16 years old, while traveling on a spaceship that exposed the four passengers to cosmic rays. Throughout the years, he's been an actor, the CFO of the Fantastic Four Inc., a mechanic and a member of the Secret Avengers. When last we left our hero, he was about to fend off an alien invasion.

As we know, comic-book death isn't the same as real death; even Superman has died and returned. Will the Human Torch ever flame on again? Marvel editor Tom Brevoort isn't saying. But he did tell CNN:

"It's very easy to develop cynicism about the stories we tell," Brevoort added. "The only way to combat and conquer it is to have a story that touches on the humanness of people that has emotional resonance and truth to it. The fact of death is something every human being can relate to. I would argue that a well-told story of a character's demise is not necessarily undone by them coming back later."

For more about the death of Johnny Storm, watch this AP video:

(via Bleeding Cool)

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