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How The Fantastic Four Already Exist In The MCU

By Mabel Judith Andrady
April 19,2022

Phase 5 Theories have been floating around about what Marvel’s most famous family looks like in the MCU. Phase 4 of the MCU can now count on the majority of the MCU’s Marvel cast thanks to the Multiverse, more than a decade after Iron Man opened the door for it. As a result of Disney’s purchase of Fox in 2019, Marvel Studios now has access to both the Fantastic Four and the X-Men characters.

An MCU Fantastic Four reboot starring Jon Watts, the director of Spider-Man: Homecoming, was announced for 2020. In spite of the fact that the film’s release date and cast have yet to be announced, rampant speculation about the film’s cast has not diminished. What is definite, nevertheless, is that the much-awaited MCU’s Fantastic Four will be the fourth instalment and the 3rd iterative development of the group since 2005, with MCU’s F4 version striving to enhance the failed 2015 reboot Fantastic Four.

The introduction of the Fantastic Four to the MCU also brings with it new challenges in terms of the story’s integration into Phases 4 or 5. Comic book fans have grown accustomed to Marvel’s MCU omitting some of its most important stories over the past 14 years, and their popularity has been affected by the absence of these two superhero teams from the MCU. There is, however, a theory that the Fantastic Four may already exist in the MCU, at least retroactively. These four superheroes are said to be stuck in a parallel universe called the Negative Zone, which Reed Richards studies constantly. For the Fantastic Four to have their powers, this would mean that they can’t return to their normal lives.

What is the Negative Zone in Marvel Comics?

Negative Zone in Marvel Comics

Negative Zone in Marvel Comics

An antimatter-based alternate universe where normal laws of physics don’t apply is known as the Negative Zone in the Marvel comics canon. Arthosian and Baluurian lifeforms can survive in the Negative Zone despite their terrifying appearance. Humanity’s current plane of existence mirrors the Negative Zone, except that it is in a much more advanced contraction process and will soon cease to exist as a result.

One of Reed Richards’ many explorations into his universe and others led him to the Negative Zone. With an insatiable curiosity, Mr. Fantastic built an interstellar portal to the Negative Zone and set out on a journey to learn more about it. It was later used to create a high-security prison called Prison 42, which was used to house the heroes who refused to register for either side during the events of the American Civil War, Reed Richards, Tony Stark, and Hank Pym. Similar events occurred in the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes animated series, except that Prison 42 was used to house the show’s most dangerous villains.

Marvel’s Ultimate universe referred to the Negative Zone as the N-Zone, and Reed was fascinated with it since he was a child. To get into the N-Zone, Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben teamed up under a government project and got into an accident that would change their lives for the rest of their lives. Interdimensional events rather than space travel are responsible for the Fantastic Four’s powers in the 616 universes.

Negative Zone Origin For The Fantastic Four Of The MCU

Negative Zone in Marvel Comics

Negative Zone in Marvel Comics

Many elements in Phase 1 of the MCU were inspired by the Ultimate universe, and the MCU could do the same for the Fantastic Four’s origin story. This has been done before, but that doesn’t preclude the MCU from using the same idea and giving it its own unique spin. Fantastic Four’s classic origin story is better known to the general public because of the 2004 Fantastic Four film, which means using the idea of an alternate universe and antimatter to clarify the arrival of the new heroes in MCU Phase 5 could shock a substantial portion of the audience.

The introduction of the Negative Zone as the source of the Fantastic Four’s powers could demonstrate the perilousness of Reed Richards’ quest for knowledge from the outset in the MCU. When it came to missions in space, the young doctor had it easy. But when it came to testing the theory of parallel dimensions, things got dicey. In this way, an origin story for the Fantastic Four in the MCU Phase 5 that uses Richards’ unrestrained ambition would introduce audiences to a Reed Richards who is already tormented and could produce several intriguing conflict between Mr. Fantastic and the other three F4 heroes.

The Fantastic Four Have Been Stuck In The Negative Zone

Kevin Feige Fantastic Four

Reed Richards

There has been a lot of speculation about how the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, two of Marvel’s most important characters, will fit into the MCU since Disney acquired Fox. In Doctor Strange, audiences will get their first glimpse of an MCU mutant in Professor X, Patrick Stewart’s Professor X, who joins the franchise in the Multiverse of Madness.

It’s still unclear how the Fantastic Four will enter the MCU, despite the fact that they have a film in the works and a director attached to the project.. That being said, the Fantastic Room’s origin story could diminish the impact of the new characters compared to Earth’s current Mightiest Heroes if they are retold 15 years after the Avengers were first formed. Similarly, Spider-Man, who was still a novice in the eyes of the other MCU heroes when Infinity Saga came to an end, experienced the same thing.

There is a solution to this problem: establishing that the Fantastic Four were already in existence before the arrival of their powers, but that they had been trapped in the Negative Zone since then. As a result, the team’s first adventure as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Fantastic Four could revolve around them attempting to return home while also dealing with the dangers of the unknown. That would set the film apart from any other Fantastic Four adaptation and ensure that the group arrived as an experienced and respected unit when they met other MCU heroes and villains. Remember that time moves differently in the Negative Zone, which could explain why Marvel’s Fantastic Four went missing for an extended period of time following the conclusion of the Infinity Saga. This means that major new players could shake things up in the franchise following the conclusion of that arc.

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