Ultimate Fantastic Four is a reboot/reimagining of the classic superhero team for Marvel ComicsUltimate 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:
Academy of Adventure: The Baxter Building, before the accident that empowered the Four. (Though Reed pointed out that "it wasn't Hogwarts", as the military was there in case people had to be protected from the students.) Afterward, the other kids were sent to another facility.
Action Girl: Right off the bat, Sue is much more assertive, is a biologist at the Baxter Building and almost immediately realizes her full potential as the most powerful member of the team.
Always Save the Girl: Subverted. In Ultimatum, Reed leaves an ill Sue behind to face Dr. Doom. She was pissed when she got better.
America Saves the Day: Both played straight and subverted within the same issue. The army comes to the Four's aid in Denmark, but they are met with Danish Military who says that they may not like what Victor's been doing, but he's still there legally.
Everybody in "President Thor" who took the Skrull pills.
Breakup Breakout: Johnny's the only one of the Four to make regular appearances since Ultimatum.
Breather Episode: "God War" is an arc filled with Cast of Snowflakes aliens, disjunction, weird trajectories, Timey-Wimey Ball, and several bad guys all wanting a non-descript MacGuffin that doesn't exist yet with a rushed ending. It's followed by the fairly straightforward "Devils" which involves Diablo kidnapping the Four's loved ones, and them going into the past and beating him up.
Breath Weapon: Victor has poisonous gas inside of him, post transformation.
The Bro Code: In '"Ultimate Enemy", Ben confesses to Sue that he's fallen for her, but had refused to act on or acknowledge those feelings because she was with Reed. After some consideration, Sue realizes that she felt the same way. Though we never get to see how this might have effected Ben's friendship with Reed, since the team had already dissolved by the time Ben confessed, and by the time Sue and Ben got together, Reed was trapped in the N-Zone, apparently presumed dead.
Buffy Speak: Victor having sent the four "little stabby things".
Chekhov's Gunman: Strange Josie was mentioned as one of many Baxter Building students with weird hobbies before appearing as an actual character.
Engrish: Peppone speaks English this way; justified seeing as he's a Meat Puppet for Diablo, a time-displaced Italian in this incarnation.
E.T. Gave Us Wi-Fi: Played straight and inverted. For the trope played straight; see the trope below. The inversion? The Skrulls are cultivating humans and plan to steal their technology.
Everyone Is a Super: When Reed fixes the accident via time travel, humanity achieves first contact with the Skrulls, who provide them with special pills that turn everyone on Earth into a superhuman. Ben is the only one on Earth who doesn't take them. Good thing too, since they have some rather nasty delayed effects.
The Evils of Free Will: Both Thanos and King Revka / Psycho Man believe this. Thanos' version is a The Empire of fear and surpression, Psycho Man imprints his will upon the human race reminiscent of a Shangri La
Eyes Never Lie: John says Ben is still Ben because his eyes never changed. On a minor note, Victor says his voice hasn't changed either.
Flechette Storm: Doom has the ability to shoot razor sharp spines of his own living metal body at people.
"Freaky Friday" Flip: Doom blackmails Reed into doing this during the "Frightful" arc. Reed turns it around by attempting to pull a Heroic Sacrifice, and revealing the truth just before doing so: Doom reverses the switch rather than let Reed take the credit.
From Nobody to Nightmare: Reed Richards started out as a bullied teenager mocked for his intelligence, became a superhero, but after growing out of favor with the way the world is run, decided to take over the world, and now he's basically the Ultimate version of Kang the Conqueror.
Sue: Ross is so crazy he got shot or blown up or something and then came back to life. On the slab. And do you remember what he said to the mortuary attendant? Reed: "Hands off my precious bodily fluids, soldier."
Victor blames Reed for the accident that transformed the five of them, saying that Reed's work was so wrong, that even he couldn't fix it. The "President Thor" arc showed what would have happened if he hadn't messed with the equipment.
Reed created the Cosmic Cube to defend Earth against Thanos... which is exactly what Thanos was manipulating him to do.
Finally subverted in the Ultimate Power crossover. At first it looks like Reed's probes triggered the disaster that ravaged the Supreme Power universe, but in fact it was a conspiracy between Doom and Emil Burbank.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Victor changes the figures in Reed's N-Zone experiment, and winds up transforming himself and the Fantastic Four. Turns out that if Victor hadn't altered the calculations, Reed would have made first contact with the Skrulls and doomed the human race to extinction.
Reed and Victor both share a similar backstory, suffering at the hands of abusive fathers, pouring all their energy into science at a young age. Unlike Victor, however, Reed had a loving mother and younger sister, as well as a best friend in the form of Ben Grimm, that kept his life from being a living hell. Ultimate Mystery and Ultimate Doom shows us that even a loving mother, sister and best friend isn't enough to keep Reed from going over the deep end to the point where the heroes are wondering if he's just Doom II. Diablo pulls this on Reed as well, saying they're both alchemists just looking for answers.
Reed and Sue both, as newborns, do the exact same thing.
Ben invokes this to Thanos' daughter.
Obviously Evil: Annihilus, at least in Ben's eyes. Reed was too busy marvelling at the entire situation.
The Skrull leader gains his powers by copying the abilities of any other mutant/metahuman in the area. At the end of an alternate universe arc, he gloats to a powerless Ben Grimm that the last Earthling aside from himself just died and Ben is now the last man alive. Ben responds by slowly taking off his coat and cracking his knuckles. Then, the Skrull realizes how screwed he is.
Series Continuity Error: The Maker Reed shows to Falcon how he keeps his intellect always a few steps ahead of The Children by enlongating his brain. That shouldn't be possible or even necessary. To elaborate: in the first run of UFF, Sue ran some tests on Reed and found out that his organism was completely mutated; he became a worm-like being with just a core, no organs other than that. And later, Sue's mother remarked that Reed was getting smarter by the minute due his mutation. So in the span of a thousand years Reed would be evolving his genius naturally, and there would be no brain for him to elongate.
Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Reed tries to use time travel to make sure the transporter test goes as planned. It works, but the new Ben Grimm ends up traveling back in and time and sabotaging it himself due to what happens.
Revka Temerlune Edifex Scyros III ("Psycho-Man"), enslaved an entire world by making them unable to feel anything but happiness, and did the same thing with the human-race after the populace of his home-world were brought out of his mind-control and their first encounter with negative emotions caused them to kill themselves and each other.
In Ultimate Enemy, Reed Richards decides that blowing up buildings with tentacle monsters is a good way to stop people from using science for the wrong reasons.
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 speculates a impostor took his place during his time away from Earth-1610.
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.
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.