Marvel officially call an end to Fantastic FourJanuary 15th, 2016 by Phil Robinson Comments
It was the question on the lips of every Marvel fanboy for quite a while there: what did the future have in store for The Fantastic Four? Well, sadly, it’s not good news. For the first time in 50 years Marvel will not be producing comics of their first family.
If you want to know more about the Four’s heartwarming goodbye, then read on true believer. But be warned: ahead there be spoilers.
With the conclusion of Secret Wars now in the bag with issue 9, the drama and mayhem have given way and the Richards family have made the decision to stay on the outside of reality. Yep, it feels a little bit meta.
This leaves Reed to say his goodbyes, in more ways than one. “No more super heroes for a while. Just science,” he says. “And no more Mister Fantastic… Just Dad.”
You can hear the sound of our hearts breaking.
Fingers are flying around when it comes to the issue of what and/or who is to blame, with the obvious choice being the failings of the recent big screen adaptation over at Fox. Surely it comes down to bickering between the movie studio and the comic titan over rights, yeah?
Maybe not the case. Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort seems happy to put such accusations to rest, saying “Fantastic Four has been one of those books that, for a number of years, has been effectively taken for granted. It’s been considered stodgy, or old school, or some people see it as a thing that’s there and people are comfortable because it’s there, but they’re not particularly passionate about it. So we’re not going to have that book for a while.”
Our hearts continue to ache. But maybe this is exactly what the Fantastic Four need; maybe an absence of them, at least for a little while, will see fans rejuvenated again upon their return.
Think of this not as a goodbye, but a Richards family holiday. Let’s just hope they come back soon with some excellent stories to share.