Fantastic Four’s Reed Richards and wife Sue Storm, and their children form one of the most powerful superhero families in Marvel Comics and soon the MCU.
Warning: This article contains spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The long-awaited MCU introduction of Fantastic Four member Reed Richards finally came in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. He appears in the movie as a member of The Illuminati, a secret supergroup from Earth-838 operating behind the scenes to ensure the stability of reality. In addition to Reed Richard, aka Mister Fantastic, there’s also Charles Xavier/Professor X, Black Bolt, Peggy Carter/Captain Carter, Maria Rambeau/Captain Marvel, and Sorcerer Supreme Mordo.
These characters were introduced to put the Doctor Strange of Earth-616 on trial. The Strange in their universe abused the Darkhold, and they have since believed all versions of Doctor Strange across the multiverse cannot be trusted. The Illuminati lineup showcases a strong group, paying off immense fan service not only with the return of Marvel legend Patrick Stewart from the X Men movies but also with the fan-casting come-to-life of John Krasinski as Mister Fantastic.
Even with his brief screen time, Krasinski manages to mix Reed Richards’s tremendous intellect with warmth and understanding. Facing the corrupt, dream-walking Scarlet Witch, Reed calmly tells her that he understands her situation because he has children of his own. Here’s who Reed’s wife and children are in Marvel comics.
Who Reed Richards’ Wife Is In Marvel Comics
In the comics, Reed Richards marries a fellow member of the Fantastic Four: Susan ”Sue” Storm. Like the rest of the group, Sue got her powers from her from a cosmic storm. She has the ability to render herself and other objects invisible, resulting in the codename the Invisible Woman. Portrayed on-screen in the past by Kate Mara and Jessica Alba, Sue Storm is actually the most powerful member of the Fantastic Four, as she can also project very effective force fields, including telepathic defense, making her almost untouchable. As the only woman in the supergroup, she is the emotional core and backbone of the Fantastic Four, taking on multiple roles: wife of Reed, sister of Johnny “Human Torch” Storm, a friend to Ben “The Thing” Grimm, and hero to the world.
Who Reed Richards’ Children Are In Marvel Comics
Reed and Sue’s firstborn child is Franklin Richards, named after Sue and Johnny’s late father. Due to Sue and Reed’s genetically altered DNA, Franklin is born with powers — and immense powers at that. Franklin is a lot like a god in many ways, with even the Celestial’s believing him to have powers similar to their own. He can manipulate reality in any way he wishes, once even making a pocket universe subconsciously. remarkably, WandaVision villain Agatha Harkness was his nanny and governess for a time, with the witch having close relations to the Fantastic Four in the comics.
Reed and Sue’s second child, Valeria Richards, has a less straightforward backstory. Due to complications during her birth de ella, Reed and Sue believed their daughter de ella to be stillborn, but Franklin used his powers de ella to save her and then sent her to an alternate future. In this alternate future, Valeria was the child of Sue and a heroic Victor von Doom, after Reed had died. The alternate Valeria then appeared to the Fantastic Four of Earth-616, and after a reality-warping order with Abraxus, Valeria regressed to a fetus, with Sue pregnant with her once again. Despite Valeria having no confirmed superpowers, Reed has stated that she was smarter than him when she was just a toddler, making her a formidable character even as a child.
When Will Reed Richards’ Wife & Children Appear In The MCU?
After gaining the rights to Fantastic Four Through Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed a reboot was in development, and Spider-Man: No Way Home Director Jon Watts was put at the helm of the film. In 2022, Watts stepped down from the project, and there hasn’t been a new director announced yet. Marvel’s slate would put a possible release for the film at 2024 at the latest, but if Agatha Harkness’s show releases first, there could be a possible mention or a cameo from the Richards family there, given their history.
Due to his debut in the role in the sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it is widely speculated that John Krasinski will be Mister Fantastic on Earth-616, too. Another huge fan-cast phenomenon is the choice of Krasinski’s own wife, Emily Blunt, for the role of Sue Storm, which would really bring the married comics duo to life. Either way, Kevin Feige likely has a lot planned for the future of Reed, Sue, and the rest of the Fantastic Four in the MCU.
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