Real Name: Reed Richards
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #1 (November, 1961)
Powers: Can Shift and Stretch His Body.
Love Interests: Sue Storm
Enemies: Galactus, Doctor Doom and so much more
Did you know: Mr. Fantastic’s suit is made up of molecules that stretch and shape as he does.
A Little History
Let’s see how long we can stretch this out (pun intended).
Reed Richards was born with incredible intelligence. Like most other comic characters, his mother died when he was very young. This left his father, who was also an intellect, to raise him. Before he was out of his teenage years, he had attended 4 different Universities, earning various degrees.
While attending one of the schools, Reed would meet and befriend a fellow genius named Victor Von Doom. Reed, wanting to associate with another genius asked Victor to room with him, in which Victor promptly shot him down. Instead, he would room with Mr. Sloppy Seconds and eventual best friend Ben Grimm.
Victor felt in constant competition with Reed and in one attempt to outdo him, he built a machine that could contact the afterlife. Reed warned him that the calculations were off, but Victor insisted on using it. Reed was right and the machine blew up in Victor’s face leaving him disfigured and expelled.
Keeping his promise to Ben, Reed would, in fact, construct his spaceship and would ask Ben to fly it. Eventually, after failed government funding, they would fly it to space with Sue and Johnny coming along for the ride. They had a very successful launch into space, but once up there, the ship was bombarded with cosmic rays, sending them back to Earth all-the-while mutating their genes.
Reed, now alternatively known as Mr. Fantastic, became ‘stretchy’. He would use his intelligence, his family fortune, and some additional income to establish and create the Headquarters for the Fantastic Four, The Baxter Building.
Dr. Doom is well understood, but Namor is somewhat of an anomaly. He and Reed fought for the affection of Sue Storm during their courtship of her with Reed ultimately winning and marrying her (which proves that looks aren’t everything). Namor would eventually put his feelings aside and become a valuable friend to the Fantastic Four.
Other than being a part of the first family in comics, the leader of the Fantastic Four, a stalwart in the Marvel Universe and a part of 3 REALLY BAD Fox Movies, Reed Richards is notable for the son that he and Sue had.
Franklin Richards is the most powerful mutant in the Marvel Universe.
Reed Richards has always done what he thought to be correct.
A by-product of a terrible power that nobody would want, myself included, Reed has endured as the leader of the Fantastic Four since its beginning.
- Born as a genius
- Attended numerous Universities before 14
- Graduated with many degrees before 14
- Tried to befriend Dr. Doom but Doom refused
- Ended up with sloppy seconds, Ben Grimm
- Warns Doom of terrible design to machine
- Creates spaceship
- Goes to space and becomes Mr. Fantastic
- Proving looks aren’t everything, marries Sue much to the chagrin of Namor
- Has a baby named Franklin