At Marvel’s Next Big Thing panel at SDCC, new Fantastic Four writer Dan Slott and Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski revealed the first villain the team is going to face upon their return.
Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, and the kids of the Future Foundation have been missing since the end of 2015’s Secret Wars, presumably off exploring the multiverse that they created from the mind of Franklin Richards. Meanwhile, the Thing and the Human Torch remained on the new 616 Earth adventuring with the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Inhumans, and eventually exploring the multiverse with Doctor Doom to try and find Reed and Sue in the amazing Marvel Two-in-One by Chip Zdarsky and Jim Cheung.
Reed and Sue return in the new book, apparently separated from the children and trying to find them while battling the above villain. Sara Pichelli designed her and named her “Eradikus” as a placeholder, but according to Slott and Cebulski, her name is actually The Griever and she has some standing within the greater Marvel cosmology.
It’s…probably not a great sign that the kids are missing and the team is fighting someone called “The Griever.” If she’s somehow tied into the larger set of Marvel cosmic beings – a sibling of the Collector and the Grandmaster perhaps? – she could spell real trouble for Franklin or Val (probably Val).
Fantastic Four #1 arrives on Aug. 8 from Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli.
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