Comic Book: Ultimate Fantastic Four

Ultimate Fantastic Four is a reboot/reimagining of the classic superhero team for Marvel Comics Ultimate Marvel line. It sees Reed Richards, Sue and her brother Johnny, as well as Ben Grimm, reimagined as young adults housed in the Baxter Building after an experiment in Inter-Dimensional Teleportation gives them all special abilities. Reed Richards is a young scientist, part of a government think-tank, charged with creating new technologies for the spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D.. An unsuccessful attempt at teleportation transforms the physical forms of himself, the children of the think tank director, his best friend Benn Grimm, as well as his colleague Victor Van Damme, into beings that are no longer human.

Now a team of superheroes, the Fantastic Four spend their days fighting off intergalactic and inter-dimensional threats, many of which come about due to Reed's experiments, while they're hidden from the public eye, forced to live out their days in the Baxter Building under the eye of Dr. Franklin Storm.

The series lasted for sixty issues, from February, 2004 to April, 2009. As of Ultimatum, the series was canceled and the Four have broken up: Sue continues her research at the Baxter Building, Ben's a test pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D., Johnny's moved in with Spider-Man, and Reed moved back in with his family. In the "Ultimate Doomsday" trilogy of miniseries, it was discovered that Reed had become disgruntled, turning villainous in wanting to change the world by force. Meanwhile, Ben has shed his stone skin, becoming physically human again but having unknown energy powers. Johnny later became a member of the Ultimate X-Men.

A new volume has been launched in 2014, following the Cataclysm crossover. Dubbed Ultimate FF (as in Future Foundation, not Fantastic Four), the new series stars the Invisible Woman, Iron Man, The Falcon, Machine Man, Phil Coulson and Doctor Doom. After the disappointing sales of the first two issues, Marvel cancelled the book, effectively turning it into a 6 part mini-series.

Ultimate Fantastic Four provides examples of the following tropes:

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  • Actually a Doombot: Victor is genuinely confused when Namor says he saw him die, and when Tony says he tried to destroy the world. He reveals he had Mary Storm pose as him during his time away from Earth-1610 as a contingency plan.
  • Back for the Dead: Namor
  • The Bus Came Back: This is Victor Van Damme's first appearance since he was left for dead in the Marvel Zombies universe.
  • Continuity Snarl: While revealing that the Doom who kicked off the events Ultimate Power, The Ultimates 3 and Ultimatum (and died the latter one) was really Mary Storm, a new one was created: namely Doom calling out for Storm the last of those events after Magneto's actions resulted in Latvaria being frozen.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The entire squad with the exception of Sue and Victor are this. It is to the point that they go into full snark fests with each other and Tony cannot go a panel with out saying something irrelevantly humorous.
  • First Episode Spoiler: Victor Van Damme is the fourth member of the field team.
  • Me's a Crowd: Machine Man, being made of Gah Lak Tus nanomachines, is able to duplicate himself.
  • Spiritual Successor: In-Universe, the Future Foundation is specifically designed to be one to the Baxter Building think tank.
  • Spotting the Thread: Ultimate Victor Van Damme does not have organic fluids in him. This was a plot hole in Ultimatum as Victor had his head crushed by the Thing and there was blood and guts everywhere when there should have not been. So of course, in Ultimate FF #3, Victor explains that he sent someone else back to rule in his absence so it really wasn't him. The rule that death means death in the Ultimate Universe still applies.