As the premiere family of the Marvel Universe, the Fantastic Four have always had some of the coolest stuff in the entire cosmos. Sometimes they’ve had to relocate because of the realities of their current situation, though, usually because their previous base was destroyed or they lost the land rights.
With the super team finally returning to Earth and relocating to a new base on Yancy Street, let’s take the opportunity to look back at all the places they’ve set up shop over the course of the last 60 or so years.
The original headquarters for the Fantastic Four was introduced all the way back in Fantastic Four #3 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The 35-story building was home to many of early Marvel's major events and served as a source of financial woe for the team. See, Walter Collins was the landlord for the building, initially reasoning that having the most famous heroes in the world in his building would do wonders for business, but having the Fantastic Four as tenants meant dealing with the building sometimes being shot into space by Doctor Doom.
No insurance company would agree to a policy on the building, especially with Reed’s experiments and Ben’s brawls with villains. After a battle with Terrax destroyed the top three floors of the building, Collins tried to have the family evicted, forcing Reed to buy the building outright in Fantastic Four #244 by John Byrne. Kristoff Doom soon shot the building into space again in Fantastic Four #278. The team escaped, but the building was destroyed in orbit.
While the team prepared to build their replacement home, they ended up crashing at one of the most famous locations in the Marvel Universe. Avengers Mansion was the original base for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Reed, Sue, Johnny and then-team member She-Hulk moved into the building while they decided where to set down roots next.
This served as a small but memorable crossover between the two books. When the rest of the world learned that Franklin Richards, a mutant, was staying there, there were even protests at the mansion. It’s also at Avengers Mansion that Reed Richards ends up experimenting on a cocoon found in the Hudson Bay and awakening the real Jean Grey from the coma the Phoenix Force had left her in. Eventually, the team moved into the Four Freedoms Plaza and left the Mansion behind.
Four Freedoms Plaza
Built on the site of the former Baxter Building, Four Freedoms Plaza was Reed’s chance to expand on the concept of the base. Creating a 100-story building, the first 50 went to former tenants of the Baxter Building. The top 50 was dedicated to the team and Reed's labs. The building served as their base for most of the 1980s and 1990s, even when the top floors were destroyed. They remained here until the entire team was seemingly killed helping stop Onslaught.
The building suffered major structural damage during the battle. Fearing what would happen if Reed’s inventions were stolen, his father, Nathaniel Richards, recovered his son’s work and hid it. The building was adopted by the Thunderbolts during their scheme to pose as superheroes, but was destroyed and shunted into the Negative Zone when Baron Zemo's plan was thwarted. By the time the Fantastic Four returned to the Marvel Universe following Heroes Reborn, the building was condemned. Following a battle with Ronan, the remains of the building were teleported to the Blue Area of the Moon.