Spider-Man Joins Marvel's First Family in March's FF #1

The Fantastic Four lost a member following the death of the Human Torch in January's Fantastic Four #587, and it looks like another wise-cracking, iconic Marvel Comics hero will replace him: Spider-Man.

Marvel Comics announced on Wednesday the first details of the March-debuting FF #1, the series effectively replacing Fantastic Four in the company's publishing line. "FF" stands for "Future Foundation" (a concept introduced previously in writer Jonathan Hickman's Fantastic Four run) with Spider-Man joining with Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Thing and "some top secret members" to save the Marvel Universe from the biggest threats. As previously announced, the creative team of Hickman and artist Steve Epting will carry over to FF.

The new title and team also has new uniforms, designed by Marko Djurdjevic. In a foreshadowing of these events, images of Spider-Man in a Fantastic Four uniform surfaced as early as last July, shortly after the Fantastic Four "Three" story was announced.

Keep reading Newsarama for more on these developments. Marvel's full press release follows.

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Press Release

MARVEL’S FIRST FAMILY SPINS NEW WEB – SPIDER-MAN JOINS THE FF!

March’s FF #1 Launches Star Studded New Super Hero Team

New York, NY – February 9, 2011— There is no more Fantastic Four, so just what is the FF? This March, the superstar creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting present the over-sized FF #1, introducing the biggest new super hero team of the century! After the death of the Human Torch, the surviving members of the Fantastic Four—Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman & Thing—join with Spider-Man and some top secret members to form an unstoppable force: The Future Foundation. Their mission is simple: save the Marvel Universe from its greatest threats and prevent future dangers from arising. But even with knowledge of what’s to come and one of the most powerful teams ever assembled, just what villainous force could stand in their way?

FF #1 variant by

Daniel Acuna.

“FF will alter the very fabric of the Marvel Universe,” explained Tom Brevoort, Senior Vice President of Publishing. “Jonathan and Steve have crafted a unique, powerful new series that’s going to surprise a lot of fans with its combination of mind-blowing ideas and visuals.”

The perfect jumping on point for new readers, FF #1 begins a battle for the future of the Marvel Universe unlike anything you’ve ever seen before and no fan can afford to miss it!

FF #1 (JAN110748)

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN

Pencils and Cover by STEVE EPTING

Variant Cover by DANIEL ACUNA

Variant Cover by STAN GOLDBERG

Character Variant Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

Fantastic Four 50th Anniversary Variant by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

Blank Cover Also Available

Rated A…$3.99

FOC – 2/28/11, On Sale 3/23/11

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