Well I guess the Marvel Comics superhero group The Fantastic Four couldn’t stay down a man for long … because today we learn that after the death of The Human Torch last week, the team has a replacement member, new costumes — and a new name! As you may recall, Marvel Comics decided to kill off one of the original members of The Fantastic Four last week in the world of comic books. Today we learn that they have replaced that fallen member with a new Marvel superhero … by the name of Spider-Man.
With the Fantastic Four whittled to three after last month’s death of the Human Torch, Marvel’s longtime super group is changing names and adding a familiar face. Spider-Man, New York’s web-slinging guardian, is joining the group newly renamed The Future Foundation. Starting in FF No. 1, he’ll join with Mr. Fantastic, The Thing and the Invisible Woman in a bid to protect the Marvel universe from new threats, Marvel said Wednesday. The first issue is due out March 23. The Fantastic Four ended with issue No. 588 this month, after the Torch, aka Johnny Storm, died in issue 587. Like the former series, the new FF series is written by Jonathan Hickman and drawn by Steve Epting.
LOL! And this is exactly why I love comic books so much … the utterly ridiculous is accepted without question. I guess after decades of working alone (for the most part), Spider-Man has decided to join one of the most famous superhero groups in the Marvel Universe. Actually, Spidey has worked with The Fantastic Four many, many times before … but this is the first time he is joining them as an official member. That being said, now that they have Spidey in the group, The Fantastic Four will become The Future Foundation. Personally, I think the name is totally dumb … and I really do not like the costumes. But I can dig Spider-Man joining the team in the absence of the late Human Torch/Johnny Storm. Will comic book fans be as accepting? That remains to be seen. I, personally, do not see this new regorganization of the
Fantastic Four Future Foundation as a lasting evolution. Spider-Man will always be Spider-Man in his iconic red and blue costume … flyin’ solo. But this gag is sure to sell a few comics books … right?