WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Fantastic Four #3 by Dan Slott, Sara Pichelli, Nico Leon, Marte Gracia and Joe Caramagna, in stores now.
The Fantastic Four may be a team of four, as their name implies, but their ranks are far from being limited to that number. Not only does Marvel's first family of superheroes now count Reed Richards and Susan Storm's children, Franklin and Valeria Richards, among their ranks, but the entire Future Foundation (from Dragon Man to Alex Power) are also considered an extension of the super-team. But that's not all -- in fact, over the years, many Marvel superheroes have fought alongside the Fantastic Four (or even replaced them) to become honorary members of the family.
Characters like Ghost Rider, Wolverine, Spider-Man, Black Panther and Storm have all become a part of the extended family of the Fantastic Four. The full breadth of the super-family was revealed in the closing pages of Fantastic Four #2, when Reed Richards summoned all of the superheroes who make up the Fantastic Four to help defeat the multiversal threat of the Griever at the End of All Things. Medusa, Ant-Man, Spider-Man -- everyone shows up to lend a fighting hand. But there is one character who shows up who, as far as we know, didn't become a member of the Fantastic Four: Bobby Drake, Iceman. But, as is revealed in Fantastic Four #3, Iceman did fight alongside the Fantastic Four -- we just haven't seen it yet.
During the massive fight between the Griever and her minions and the Fantastic Four and their allies, Johnny Storm is surprised to see the ice-powered mutant present. "Wait, Iceman? What're you doing here? You're not one of the FF!" He exclaims.
In answer, Iceman says, "Sure I am. Remember that time you guys made me a member? Back when Namor--", but before Bobby can finish his story, the Human Torch interrupts him, saying that adventure didn't count. However, this is a story we the readers are not aware of. In fact, at the bottom of the panel, an editor's note reads: "An untold tale for another day." This means that, in the Fantastic Four's extensive escapades, they once named Bobby Drake a member of the team during an adventure that involved Namor. Only we haven't seen it yet.
Hopefully, we will soon find out what that particular adventure entails in Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli's run on the title, either in the main series or in an upcoming annual issue. The clash between Human Torch and Iceman, between fire and ice, over the legitimacy of this membership is enough to have us hoping we will find out what happened sooner rather than later.
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