Spider-Man Joins the FF

Exclusive Q&A with Jonathan Hickman and designs from Marko Djurdjevic!

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Q&A with Jonathan Hickman

There is no more Fantastic Four, so just what is the FF? This March, the creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting present the over-sized FF #1, introducing the biggest new super hero team of the century! After the death of The Human Torch, the surviving members of the Fantastic Four—Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman and The Thing—join with Spider-Man and some top secret members to form an unstoppable force: The Future Foundation. Their mission is simple: Save the Marvel Universe from its greatest threats and prevent future dangers from arising. But even with knowledge of what’s to come and one of the most powerful teams ever assembled, just what villainous force could stand in their way?

“FF will alter the very fabric of the Marvel Universe,” explained Tom Brevoort, Senior Vice President of Publishing. “Jonathan and Steve have crafted a unique, powerful new series that’s going to surprise a lot of fans with its combination of mind-blowing ideas and visuals.”

The perfect jumping on point for new readers, FF #1 begins a battle for the future of the Marvel Universe unlike anything you’ve ever seen before and no fan can afford to miss it!

FF #1 (JAN110748)
Character designs by Marko Djurdjevic

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Pencils and Cover by STEVE EPTING
Variant Cover by DANIEL ACUNA
Variant Cover by STAN GOLDBERG
Character Variant Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Fantastic Four 50th Anniversary Variant by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Blank Cover Also Available
Rated A…$3.99
FOC – 2/28/11, On Sale 3/23/11

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      43 comments
      rekova
      rekova

      OMG! What are Marvel doing? (Will somebody bring Jack back please????)

      emacspidey
      emacspidey

      i really really hope this does not turn out lame

      stevefantastic
      stevefantastic

      To cmdrkoenig67 - on your comment - "OMG...Marvel's ideas are getting more and more stupid." -- EXTREMELY WELL-SAID! (btw, cool user-name!)

      David612
      David612

      Please...get off-line and go back to school! Remember,kids just say NO to dumb comments.

      ticostark
      ticostark

      howhe died and who killed him

      boscoe
      boscoe

      I think this is great. Spidey tried to join the FF in the 1960s, and now he is. That is great. He is Franklin's favorite superhero, he admires the Thing and works with him on the Avengers, and can work with Reed on science stuff. He'll fit in better than Johnny.

      cmdrkoenig67
      cmdrkoenig67

      OMG...Marvel's ideas are getting more and more stupid.

      Doctor_Red_Shift
      Doctor_Red_Shift

      Call me old fashioned, but there are some things you just shouldn't mess with. FF stands for Fantastic Four. and nothing else. If they wanted to create spin-off team, consisting of original FF members paired with members of Power Pack, that's fine. There was no need to so fundamentally change one of Marvel's longest running teams, from the Worlds Greatest Comic Magazine! I think we will have to wait for the Human Torch to be resurrected, for FF to have it's true meaning again, and when I say true, I mean true blue.

      spikypickyspider
      spikypickyspider

      what?! His high school bully becomes the next black sharp-toothed tongue-slithering freak, he has Fear Itself to worry about, AND this?! 2011's a busy year for Spidey!

      roperk
      roperk

      In absolute honestey I dont think Ben looks good in a leotard

      runaway
      runaway

      What if it is not actually Peter Parker, but is actually the last MVP clone/Scarlet Spider?

      PaibokPowerSkrull
      PaibokPowerSkrull

      Come On people 1)johnny has left the team before this is no different 2) Fantastic Four #600 will come out instead of FF#12 or whatever the number is 3) Johnny will most likely be back by then. so until then try to enjoy new changes to an old fave in comicbooks eventually someone presses the reset button. This actually a first time in a while I wanted to buy an ff book without Lyja or Paibok.

      zacUpquark
      zacUpquark

      This makes me extraordinarily sad. The FF and I were both going to turn 50 this year, but they didn't make it. I have a feeling Marvel is just pissed that they couldn't get the movie rights back, so they're destroying the property. I'm done buying comics.

      rustyluck
      rustyluck

      The new FF launch seems to have killed off Johnny forever. I was hoping maybe with the FF there would be a sort of mission to find him. Cap was reborn and Thor was cloned! Johnny can make it I'm sure! The Spiderman thing is so exciting and at the same time you can't help but feel some sort of gap has just ripped in the marvel universe.

      dgonaz
      dgonaz

      This may be a really off the wall comment. But did anyone think there is a possibility that they know what is coming (as they stated) that the Spiderman joining them is not the Peter Parker of today but a future Peter Parker come back in time? I first thought the picture above showed Reed Richards next to Spiderman but starting to think that is actually an older (Reed Richard's age or older) Peter Parker.

      Edualc
      Edualc

      MY EYES!!! MY EYES!!!! >gouges eyes from sockets

      ticknhom
      ticknhom

      If this is the same Spidey as ASM and this story carries into ASM regularly I think Marvel just ruined my year. I don't want to see Spidey as a regular team member, I like the solo, lonewolf type of hero.

      ticknhom
      ticknhom

      I couldn't agree more, but I don't think Spidey should be a major character at all. I thought I was going to try it out, catch up on my FF, but being mainly a Spider fan I don't want this to ruin Spidey for me. So I will probably just ignore it.

      lburough
      lburough

      Hmm I dont know how I feel about this. I dont think Spider- Man should have joined, use someone we dont see a lot of. Spidey is a fav character of mine but I don't want to see him in everything. And i think the costumes could be better. I will try it out though, it could be really good, cant really judge till you read it.

      bamaboy23
      bamaboy23

      Why do they overuse their big characters?

      RavinRay
      RavinRay member

      I'll be cautiously hopeful about this. I wonder if Peter will be a full-time member joining all their field missions, and agree he needs to cut back on his appearances elsewhere. The collaboration between Hickman and Slott should rock.

      cammat
      cammat

      how did torch die?

      JediMasterRev2000
      JediMasterRev2000

      While I think Spidey's Costume is cool and I like the idea of him being with the Fantastic 3, I agree that he is too thinned out. How can he handle things on his own, work with the avengers, new avengers, and then to add on top of that this? It is WAY TOO MUCH. Spidey should be a reserve member.

      dadhusfam
      dadhusfam member

      I had not been reading FF but I got pulled in recently. The idea of adding a characted such as spider-man who already has his own magazine and who also appears with the Avengers just does not interest me. There are plenty of great underutilized characters that they could have used. Maybe Storm for example. She once was one of the leaders of the X-Men but now hardly ever appears. Or, after the excellent short piece with Sue and Kitty in X-Men to Serve and Protect, Kitty and Colossus could have joined. Other people I am sure could point to other characters. Instead, the have just decided to overuse one of their main characters.

      CDOG1995
      CDOG1995

      They should have super cool villain or a huge villain team for the new FF to fight. Maybe a Spidey villain will team up with a FF villain.

      CDOG1995
      CDOG1995

      I guess I will give this a try. It will be interesting having Spider-Man on the team. Don't really like the costume design though.

      GundamAce
      GundamAce

      well i love the idea so i hope it last a bit.

      squirrel
      squirrel

      Personally, I don't think this is an off the wall, out of left field idea. If you've been reading FF for the past couple years, you'd see first of all a lot of quality stories and threads being built, some of which came to head when Johnny died, some of which are only just beginning like the advent of Valeria's powers, or the return of Franklin's.The Future Foundation was something Reed thought up for a number of reasons, it's not just a foundation that protects the future, it's also the future (i.e. the next generation/their children) protecting the foundation that they've built (i.e. the Fantastic Four).As for Spider-Man joining, I agree that there are characters that Marvel has stretched so thin we can't take their chronology seriously (and that's seriously annoying), but I think we just have to look at these stories as being semi-timeless like mythology and suspend our disbelief just enough to enjoy them. If we can do that, then we will enjoy them, if we can't we'll all be bitter purists and elitists talking about the good old days and never get into what these fantastic creators have to contribute to the universe we love.

      MeltheCat
      MeltheCat

      Wow, this is dumb. Ending the FF run after decades to do THIS!? You know Johnny is coming back. You couldn't keep the title going until he was "found to be alive, he was only trapped..."? Even Captain America went on for 10 or 11 issues without Cap, until Bucky took over (of course, that is in Cap Volume FIVE). Marvel is always "disassembling" a title only to re-introduce it with a new "Issue #1!" The new title goes for a bit, only to be re-numbered back to its original number. Come on. Stop yanking us around. In eight months FF will return with an "exciting, change the Marvel Universe" #1. Batman is on #706, Detective Comics is at #873. Not everything new is better. Sometimes I think the old days were better. A character had one title. How many different X-people titles are there? How many times has Iron Man been reinvented? Don't try and do too much, Marvel. It just gets goofy after a while

      iownr2d2
      iownr2d2

      I think this is going to be great! I will miss Johnny, but Spiderman has worked with the FF before, A great comic cover is when Spidy has the big blue (4) on his chest instead of the spider! Great 4 part mini series! I kinda figured Spidy would join up with them, in the back of my head I guessed it. Love the new costume as well! Cant wait to start reading!!

      joshtylen
      joshtylen

      Torch will be back as soon as another FF4 movie is green lighted. Torch’s death has been the most publicity that the FF4 has gotten in a while. Adding Spiderman’s star power might bring in new readers to the FF4. At this rate why not add Wolverine and Deadpool.

      Anguloke
      Anguloke

      "all of you haters are just comic snobs"Couldn't be they just have different tastes and opinions... nah never (sarcasm off).

      yozapyoyo
      yozapyoyo

      Franklin should of joined instead

      Anguloke
      Anguloke

      Sad part is the problem with the Fantastic Four never was Johnny Storm. It has been Reed Richards. While an icon of the Marvel Universe, he has and always will be a terrible star character because he is written so terribly, and doesn't resonate with the readers. They should have put him into a sideline role as a researcher which is the characters real love, and let the rest take the spotlight.

      spidergreen12
      spidergreen12

      all of you haters are just comic snobs,this has me soo excited,i absolutly cant wait to see what marvel has in store

      wilsonh
      wilsonh

      The spidey outfit in this makes him look like the stig

      Magnetic_Eye
      Magnetic_Eye

      I've been reading and collecting MARVEL titles since 1975 and this has got to be one of the dumbest things MARVEL has ever done. You've lost me on this one.

      Marvelite69
      Marvelite69

      It might work for a bit, but don't you think your stretching out Spiderman too much. He already is in a few other runs, which for me , looses the Marvel Universe tie in issue. You couldn't find another hero that fits, but i bet you looked at the numbers of the past Spidey-FF team ups and it probably swayed your decision. Do us a favor and leave the kids out of it. You lost me two years ago when the kids took over the pages and took the focus off the team.

      sagediggity
      sagediggity

      Why do you guys keep doing this stuff? Noone has an identity anymore. Spidey, Wolverine, and Deadpool are great examples of characters being overexposed and underdeveloped. It may be different too, if you guys would drop the prices on all these titles. Get some teams together to make great stories and runs with already great characters. Strengthen the Marvel universe. Quit breaking everything apart with events and following up with these fantasy drafts to sell books.

      RedLantern
      RedLantern

      This is really STUPID. "Hey, lets kill Johnny, and add another Super team among the already existing 34 Avenger teams!" Typical Marvel. This is why I read DC.