The Human Torch and the Thing are coming together for an adventure of their own that could potentially bring the Fantastic Four back together. Since the events of Secret Wars fans have been wondering what the collective fates of Reed Richards, Sue Richards and their kids Valeria and Franklin are. Fortunately, it appears that Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm would embark on a mission to get to the bottom of their current whereabouts and possibly even reunite the iconic Marvel team together for another go at world-saving.
Currently, the Thing and the Human Torch have already made their way into new superhero teams, settling well with the Guardians of the Galaxy and Inhumans respectively. And while their current separate adventures quench people's clamor for the beloved characters, the thought that all of them will eventually be back together down the line is enough for fans to get hyped as to where this new narrative of hunting down the Richards family could lead to.
The upcoming Marvel Two-In-One run written by Chip Zdarsky and Jim Cheung will open the door for Johnny and Ben's duo adventure across the galaxy in search for the Richards clan. "They’ve been popping up all over the Marvel Universe, but rarely together. This is them as a team again, and that feels really good," Zdarsky told Newsarama when he recently sat down with the media outlet to discuss some of the exciting things fans can look forward to in the comics aptly titled "The Fate of the Four."
“It’s Ben and Johnny diving headfirst into the mystery of what happened to them. The world presumes that Reed, Sue, and the kids are dead, but Johnny especially can’t accept that fact. So we’re heading on a road trip to find out what happened.”
Additionally, the upcoming storyline will also have a strong link to Doctor Doom, who apparently has some pivotal information that would help Johnny and Ben in their quest to locate the Richards clan.
"Well, unbeknownst to Ben and Johnny, Doom holds the key to finding the missing heroes. Writing Doom is insanely fun, and my favorite Marvel book right now is Infamous Iron Man, so it’s great to be able to play with what Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev have been doing with the character."
The upcoming Marvel Two-In-One narrative that will arrive in December appears to be feeding off of Johnny and Ben's conversation about trying to locate where Reed and Sue have been since Secret Wars in Invincible Iron Man. It could be remembered that by the end of Secret Wars, the Richards family set off to rebuild the multiverse, whatever that means. While it was such a great send-off, fans would undoubtedly love to have them back into the thick of things.
The last issue of the Fantastic Four comic book series was published back in the spring of 2015, since then, only Johnny and Ben have been appearing occasionally in other IP's own comics run. Admittedly, it is odd that Marvel has decided to shelve their pioneering characters who arguably still has a strong following especially with the property still having no luck in terms of successfully jumping into the big screen like its many other co-comic book characters. At least they haven't shelved them completely.