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Posted at 4:50 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

QUICK POST: And the FF's new Human Torch replacement is...Spidey! [UPDATED]

By Michael Cavna

Note: This news item was originally published at 1:47 p.m. Wednesday.

spidermanFF.jpg (Image: Steve Epting / courtesy of Marvel Entertainment)

Two weeks ago came the news that Marvel was extinguishing the Human Torch. Not only would Johnny Storm die, but -- as Marvel honcho Tom Brevoort coyly indicated -- the Fantastic Four would be no more.

Well, this just in: We now know not only who's been drafted to be the foursome's latest hero, but also what the new nomenclature will be.

Marvel is announcing that "FF" will now stand for Reed Richards's "Future Foundation" and that its stand-in member is...Spider-Man. (Let's just hope Spidey fares better critically as a Future Foundation draftee than he does as a Broadway swinger.)

Come March, the creative team for the "oversized" FF issue No. 1 will be Jonathan HIckman and Steve Epting, Marvel says.

So was it a long-pondered decision to tap an ivory-suited webslinger to join the Thing, Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman?

"There was relatively little deliberation about it being Spidey who joins the new FF, in that he's got a long-standing history with the Fantastic Four, and a long-storied friendly rivalry with the now-dead Human Torch," Brevoort tells Comic Riffs. "Plus, with Peter Parker getting in touch with his scientist roots these days, it made for an attractive play all around.‬"

‪"And while I'm excited about Spidey as a component of the new FF," Brevoort continues, "it's the new FF as a whole that most excites me. This is more than just a coat of white paint and the inclusion of another popular character. It's about taking the fundamental concepts that underlay the Fantastic Four concept for all these years and pushing them ahead and making them dynamically relevant in the 21st century.

"Having Spider-man as a part of this transformation is just the tip of the iceberg."‬

From Andrew Garfield's new on-screen Spidey to the Great White Way's Reeve Carney, we only hope Peter Parker has enough left in the tank to help save yet another universe.

FF No. 1 is due to land March 23.

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spideyvariant.jpg (Image: FF No. 1 Variant cover by Daniel Acuna / courtesy Marvel Entertainment)

By Michael Cavna  | February 9, 2011; 4:50 PM ET
Categories:  Geek Buzz, Superheroes  | Tags:  Fantastic Four, Future Foundation, Jonathan HIckman, Marvel, Spider-Man, Steve Epting, Tom Brevoort  
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Future Foundation? Sounds like a nonprofit group in Georgia. Hey, it is! Or maybe some business consultants in the U.K. Hey, it's that too! I guess Marvel was trying to keep "FF" in there somehow. Too bad they couldn't be more creative.

Posted by: aa8888 | February 9, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I would think Flash or someone equivalent would have been a better fit. It would have to be a Marvel version. The human Torch could fly and that was a power none of the others had. A super fast character might not be able to fly but could get to destinations just as quickly. Spiderman does not have any super power that can not be matched by the team. The web can be created by Reids stretching ability as can his moving on buildings or dangling from skyscrapers with webs. I would call this a lateral advancement.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | February 9, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

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