WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS up to Marvel Two-In-One #4
New uniforms are in store for The Fantastic Four, according to the latest issue of Marvel Two-In-One. A preview for the upcoming comic book shows Benjamin Grimm (a.k.a. the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing) and Johnny Storm (a.k.a. The Human Torch) wearing new uniforms as they prepare for a journey into the multiverse to seek out the missing Reed Richards (a.k.a. Mister Fantastic) and Susan Storm Richards (a.k.a. The Invisible Woman).
Best known as the superhero team whose creation signaled the start of The Silver Age of Comics at Marvel Comics, The Fantastic Four have been largely absent from the Marvel Comics Universe for the past few years. This coincided with an effort at Marvel to decrease the promotion of those lines whose film rights were under the control of 20th Century Fox rather than Marvel Studios, which saw The Thing joining the Guardians of the Galaxy for a time along with X-Man Kitty Pryde and Johnny Storm becoming part of the cast of The Inhumans. The new Marvel Two-In-One series reunited The Thing and The Human Torch and delivered two stunning revelations – that Reed and Sue were still alive despite being presumed dead and that the powers of The Fantastic Four were tied to their proximity to one another. This neccesitates a journey into The Multiverse (which Reed and Sue are trying to rebuild in secret), as Johnny Storm’s and Ben Grimm’s altered physicalities are failing along with their super powers.
This sets the scene for Marvel Two-In-One #4 and the new costumes, which were first revealed in an exclusive preview by CBR. The costumes, which are pictured below, appear to mix elements of the classic Fantastic Four uniform as well as the team’s most recent revamp from 2011, in which the team changed their name from The Fantastic Four to The Future Foundation.
The costume’s color scheme is broadly similar to that of the Future Foundation costumes, being predominantly white. There is no distinctive “4” symbol on the chest, but there are white “4”s lain within a black circle on the shoulders pads, which are military green running halfway down the upper arm. The pants of the uniform are black with light blue accents reminiscent of the original Fantastic Four uniform’s hue.
While the color scheme of this new uniform is a tad eclectic, the physical design looks far more practical than the classic form-fitting bodysuits The Fantastic Four favored in the past. The jackets appear to be protective as well as possessing pockets, which is something a team that is nominally made up of explorers rather than superheroes should have! It is unclear if Reed and Sue will adopt the new uniforms when the are inevitably found or how long this new look may last for the team but at least the current uniforms are nowhere near as bad as The 1990’s designs where The Thing wore a luchador mask and Sue Storm went into battle in a bikini with a 4-shaped cleavage window and high-heeled thigh-boots.
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