When the Marvel Multiverse was reborn in the aftermath of 2015's Secret Wars it looked the same, and in many ways even felt the same... but it was missing something vital. The missing element was the family of adventurers whose exploits helped kick of the Marvel Age of comics, The Fantastic Four.
Unbeknownst to the rest of the Marvel Universe, a large portion of the FF have been off exploring the new realities of the Multiverse. We've seen The Thing and Human Torch try to come to terms with the disappearance of their family, and in the current Marvel 2-In-One series they've even set out into the Multiverse in search of Reed and Sue Richards, and their two children.
This August, they'll finally be reunited when writer Dan Slott and artist Sara Pichelli launch a brand new volume of Fantastic Four. CBR spoke with Slott about his plans for the series, the classic feel he's looking to recreate with the book, and his plans for fan favorite FF characters like Doctor Doom and the Impossible Man.
CBR: Dan, anyone who has followed your work over the years knows how much you love the Fantastic Four. So how does it feel to be reintroducing them to the Marvel Universe? What's your mission statement with this book?
Dan Slott: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The Fantastic Four are the First Family of the Marvel Universe. They are the book that launched the Marvel Age of Comics. The premise is so pure, simple, and beautiful. They're a family of superheroes that explore the unexplorable. They go into the cosmic. It's perfect.
So the thing that we're doing with the book is that and more so. The Marvel Universe is always changing, and we're telling the next story. Where does this family go now? What new big events and turns in their life will happen? We're also going to stay very true to the magic formula that Stan and Jack built.