Marvel Comics has debuted yet another Marvel Legacy cover image, this time teasing the return of founding Fantastic Four members Human Torch and Thing in a revived version of Marvel Two-In-One -- an old Marvel title that saw Thing/Benjamin Grimm team-up with various Marvel heroes.
Take a look at the cover by Edgar Delgado, homaging Fantastic Four #159, below.
The cover follows a tease from earlier this week, straight from Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso. The post, featuring The Thing and a belt buckle featuring the number "2," led many to believe a Fantastic Four (or Two) rebirth of sorts was imminent.
The last issue of a Fantastic Four comic book series was published in 2015 -- yes, that same fateful year the critically-panned reboot came out from 20th Century Fox. Though it's never been confirmed, many speculate the long-running title was cancelled due to Marvel's testy relationship with Fox.
Marvel Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort told CBR in September that Fantastic Four was cancelled because the House of Ideas couldn't find an “idea that connects with a massive audience” in recent years, suggesting that the odds of a return were slim.
“There was no Thor book for a couple of years,” Brevoort said. “And when Thor came back, it was a big event. Granted, he came back on the cusp of the wave of Civil War, but really, [J. Micharl Straczynski] and Olivier Coipel put that character back on the map in a big way, and the sales showed it. The same sort of thing is true of anybody’s characters, really. And Fantastic Four is no different.”
In the wake of Marvel's 2015-2016 event series Secret Wars, Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman and their kids Franklin and Valeria departed our Earth to go off and restructure Marvel’s multiverse, as quasi-cosmic entities. While those characters have been off the table since, Human Torch and Thing have appeared in Uncanny Inhumans and Guardians of the Galaxy, respectively.
Stay tuned to CBR as further Marvel Legacy details are revealed.