After becoming discouraged by how Earth's scientists viewed science and its applications, Mr. Fantastic formed a new group to create a better future for all of humanity. Gathering some young, great minds, Mr. Fantastic planned to mold them into a team that would come up with solutions to the world's problems. Among these brilliant minds were Alex Power (the oldest member of the family superhero team known as Power Pack), the young mutants Artie and Leech, the Subterranean Moloids known as Tong, Mik, Korr, and Turg, a now inelegant Dragon Man, the young clone of supervillain the Wizard named Thirty-Two and Reed Richards' own daughter Valeria.
The Future Foundation first appeared in Fantastic Four #579 in July 2010 and were created by Jonathan Hickman.
Major Story Arcs
This band of adventurers have been solving a few complicated problems since their founding, including a serum that would change the Thing back into Ben Grimm one week out of the year. However, the group could not stop the events that led to a member of the Fantastic Four apparently dying in battle. While the group was in the Negative Zone trying to close a gate through which an army of insectoids called the Annihilation Wave were planning to enter Earth through the dimensional gate in the Baxter Building, Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch sacrificed himself to close the gate manually on the wrong side of the portal. It was the only way to do it, according to Valeria and Thirty-Two.
The seeming demise of the Human Torch left the Fantastic Four devastated and incomplete. The group disbanded soon afterward. All the other members of the old Fantastic Four team joined the Future Foundation, including new member Spider-Man.
War of the Four Cities
After learning of Valeria's alliance with Doom, Reed agrees to assist in restoring his intelligence. He journeys to Latveria with Spider-Man, Valeria, Nathaniel and Doom. They successfully restore Doom's mind by copying Kristoff's brainwave patterns. With his intelligence restored, Valeria reveals the reason behind it. Doom will help her defeat her father.
Doom summons Diablo, the Mad Thinker, the High Evolutionary and the Wizard to the Baxter Building to assist the FF and himself. The Watcher also arrives to witness the event that is occurring. Presumably, they've all been gathered together to defeat the alternate universe Reeds that have been trapped in the 616 reality.
In Other Media
- Spider-Man's Future Foundation costume is unlockable in Spider-Man: Edge of Time.
- A color-inverted version of the Future Foundation costume is unlockable in the video game adaptation of The Amazing Spider-Man.
- The Future Foundation costumes for Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Thing and Spider-Man appear in Lego Marvel Super Heroes.
- The Future Foundation costumes for Spider-Man, Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Thing, and Doctor Doom appear in Marvel Super Hero Squad Online.
- The Future Foundation costumes for Spider-Man, Thing, Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, and Doctor Doom appear in Marvel Heroes.
- Spider-Man's Future Foundation costume is available in Spider-Man Unlimited.
- The Thing, Invisible Woman, Mister Fantastic and Spider-Man's Future Foundation costumes are obtainable in the Facebook Marvel: Avengers Alliance game. All costumes have a unique set of special features.
- Spider-Man's Future Foundation uniform was added as a DLC costume in the PS4 Spider-Man game from Insomniac Games.
- A variant of Spider-Man in his Future Foundation costume was featured in the Marvel Legends Arnim Zola Build-a-Figure wave from Hasbro.
- A variant of Doctor Doom in his Future Foundation uniform was released for the Marvel Legends Epic Heroes wave. The variant is incredibly rare, and only saw a proper release in the United Kingdom.
- A toy of Spider-Man in his Future Foundation uniform was featured in Hasbro's Marvel Universe line.
- A figure of Doctor Doom in his Future Foundation uniform was released as part of a Greatest Battles Comic Pack with Symbiote Spider-Man. The set was produced by Hasbro.
- A Future Foundation box set featuring Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Thing and Spider-Man was released in Diamond Select's Minimates line as a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive.