The Fantastic Four is a team of comic book superheroes in the Marvel Comics universe. Although the name suggests the team only has four members, in reality a number of other characters have, at one point or another, been considered members. Bold indicates current team member.
|Character Nickname||Real Name||Joined in||Notes for Character|
|Original Fantastic Four|
|Mister Fantastic||Reed Richards||Fantastic Four #1||Team leader and husband of the Invisible Woman. Former member of the Avengers and the Illuminati. Presumed deceased in Fantastic Four #381; discovered alive in Fantastic Four #407.|
(formerly Invisible Girl)
|Susan Storm Richards||Older sister of the Human Torch. Wife of Mister Fantastic. Second-in-command. Served as team leader while Reed Richards was presumed dead. Former member of the Avengers.|
|Human Torch||Jonathan Storm||Younger brother of the Invisible Woman. Ex-husband of Lyja. Ex-ambassador of the Inhumans and member of the Avengers Unity Division. Presumed deceased in Fantastic Four #587; discovered alive in Fantastic Four #600.|
|Thing||Benjamin Grimm||Served as team leader during Reed and Susan Richards' first joint leave of absence. Former member of the Guardians of the Galaxy and the New Avengers.|
|Crystal||Crystallia Amaquelin||Fantastic Four #81||Member of the Royal Family of the Inhumans. Younger sister of Medusa. Former girlfriend of the Human Torch. Marriage to Quicksilver was annulled. Served as a replacement for the Invisible Woman during her pregnancy with Franklin Richards and again when Reed and Susan Richards took a leave of absence from the team.|
|Medusa||Medusalith Amaquelin||Fantastic Four #132||Member of the Royal Family of the Inhumans. Older sister of Crystal. Wife of Black Bolt. She first appeared in Fantastic Four #36 as an amnesiac member of the Frightful Four. She soon regained her memory and, years later, served as a replacement for the Invisible Woman during a marital separation from Mr. Fantastic. Rejoins in Fantastic Four vol. 4 #2.|
(formerly Power Man)
|Carl Lucas (at birth); legally changed to Lucas Cage||Fantastic Four #168||Superhero for hire. Husband of Jessica Jones. He was hired by Mr. Fantastic to serve as a member of the Fantastic Four after the Thing briefly lost his powers.|
(later known as Nova)
|Frankie Raye||Fantastic Four #239||Longtime ally of the team before joining. Stepdaughter of Phineas Horton, the creator of the original Human Torch. She had powers similar to Johnny Storm (whom she dated), and almost prompted the team to change its name to the Fantastic Five. She left Earth to become a herald of Galactus. Killed by Morg in Silver Surfer vol. 3 #75.|
|She-Hulk||Jennifer Walters||Fantastic Four #265||Former member of the Avengers. Cousin of Bruce Banner (the Hulk). Marriage to John Jameson was annulled. She replaced the Thing on the Fantastic Four after the events of Secret Wars while he remained on Battleworld. Rejoins in Fantastic Four vol. 4 #2.|
(also known as the She-Thing)
|Sharon Ventura||Fantastic Four #306||Former love interest of the Thing. Joined the team after Reed and Susan Richards took a leave of absence, but remained for some time after their return. After being bombarded by cosmic rays, she came to resemble a female version of the Thing.|
|Ant-Man||Scott Lang||Fantastic Four #384||The Fantastic Four's technical advisor while Reed Richards was presumed dead (due to the actions of Hyperstorm). Killed by a zombified Jack of Hearts under the influence of the Scarlet Witch in Avengers #500 (September 2004). Rescued moments before his death by the Young Avengers and brought several years into the future by the Scarlet Witch in Avengers: The Children's Crusade #5 (June 2011).|
Father of Cassandra Lang, who becomes the superheroine Stature. Rejoins in Fantastic Four vol. 4 #2.
|Namorita||Namorita Prentiss||Fantastic Four vol. 3 #43||Cousin of Namor the Sub-Mariner. Former girlfriend of the Human Torch. Joined temporarily during a mission into the Negative Zone to rescue Reed, Sue and Ben. Died in Civil War #1, in the incident which precipitated the passage of the Superhuman Registration Act and the start of the superhero "civil war". Later resurrected via time displacement in the pages of Nova.|
|Storm||Ororo Munroe||Fantastic Four #543||Queen of Wakanda. Member and former leader of the X-Men. Wife of the Black Panther. Storm and the Black Panther replaced Susan and Reed Richards after they decided to take a leave of absence in the aftermath of the events of Civil War.|
|Black Panther||T'Challa||Hereditary monarch of Wakanda and former member of the Avengers. Former benefactor of Fantastic Force. Husband of Storm. The Black Panther and Storm replaced Reed and Susan Richards after they decided to take a leave of absence in the aftermath of the events of Civil War. Former team leader.|
|Powerhouse||Franklin Richards||Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four #3||Son of Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman. Older brother of Valeria Richards. He has been a part of the Fantastic Four mythos since his birth. He possesses vast psionic powers (although they are currently dormant). His abilities rival those of the Celestials, one of the most powerful races in the Marvel Universe.|
|Brainstorm||Valeria Richards||Daughter of Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman. Younger sister of Franklin Richards. She has been a part of the Fantastic Four mythos since her birth (although originally she died during a miscarriage). Although still a teenager, she possesses an enormous intellect which even approaches that of her father, Reed Richards.|
|Flux||Dennis Sykes||Heroic Age: One Month to Live #3||The Fantastic Four asked for Dennis' help stopping Ego the Living Planet from destroying the galaxy. While traveling toward Ego, Dennis was inducted into the Fantastic Four and was even given a Fantastic Four uniform. Sue gave him the codename Flux. Deceased.|
|Spider-Man||Peter Parker||Amazing Spider-Man #657;
|Old friend of the Human Torch; Johnny left Spider-Man his place in the team in his will in recognition of his close friendship with the rest of the group and as thanks for his friendship over the years. However, the name of the team at this juncture is the "Future Foundation" (the Fantastic Four name and costumes having been retired as a tribute to Johnny after his supposed death).|
|Ms. Thing||Darla Deering||Fantastic Four vol. 4 #2||A former model who dated Johnny Storm, the Human Torch of the Fantastic Four. When Mr. Fantastic planned a trip through space and time, he tasked each member of the team to find a suitable replacement just in case, as the travel was through time, they would return four minutes after they departed.|
A number of characters are closely affiliated with the team, share complex personal histories with one or more of its members but have never actually held an official membership. They include but are not limited to:
In Fantastic Four (1st series) #347–349 (December 1990 – February 1991) a female Skrull alien who was both a shape-shifter and a telepath managed to capture the team. Impersonating the Invisible Woman, she falsely reported the other members to be deceased and recruited four other heroes as a new Fantastic Four to avenge them, before dispatching them to try and steal a powerful weapon from the Mole Man. Members of this short-lived team included:
In Fantastic Four (1st series) #374–375 (March 1993 – April 1993), Dr. Strange brings this same team back together to arrest the Human Torch after he went nova and destroyed a whole quarter of the city. This story was the start for the Secret Defenders ongoing series.
In Wolverine #148 (January 2000) the team comes back together during the Ages of Apocalypse reality to fight Arnim Zola, Blastaar and Annihilus with all four members wearing the popular blue FF costumes and the Hulk frequently switching between his various personalities. They also came together to battle a version of the Wendigo.
An alternate version of this team was temporarily summoned to the Marvel Universe by Psycho-Man during the Fear Itself storyline to defeat the Fearsome Four of Howard the Duck, She-Hulk, Nighthawk, and Frankenstein's Monster when Psycho-Man sought to turn Man-Thing into a fear bomb, but they were defeated by the use of Howard the Duck's secret weapon.
This team has also been shown in various What If tales and a Mini-Marvel one-shot.
A second team has appeared in the new Venom series, the team's first appearance is in the six-part mini-series Circle of Four which started in Venom (Vol. 2) #13 (February 2012), the members of this team include:
Starting with Ghost Rider Vol. 8 #1, a group of heroes form resembling that of the new fantastic four line-up with the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as backup.
Main article: Fantastic Five
In the MC2 alternate future, the team is known as the Fantastic Five and consists of the following members:
Fantastic Five Vol 1 #1 Published October, 1999