FF's Fiercest Foes1 of 12Marvel's first family have always been more about exploration and discovery than fighting crime, but their cosmic travels have often lead them to cross paths with some of Marvel's fiercest and most vicious villains.
The trailer for the upcoming Fantastic Four film reboot featured a strong connection to the team's sci-fi roots, but aside from a few unconfirmed glimpses, it had no mention of the villain of the piece, Dr. Doom, or what threat the FF will face.
With the FF - and their related characters - set to play a major role in the upcoming Secret Wars, we thought we'd take a look at some of the top threats the Fantastic Four have faced over the years, and provide some possible foes for their new film franchise. Without further ado, we present the ten greatest Fantastic Four enemies of all time!
Puppet Master2 of 12The father of Ben Grimm's on-again-off-again squeeze Alicia Masters, Puppet Master is also one of the Fantastic Four's oldest foes. In fact, Grimm's relationship with Alicia grew out of Puppet Master's first scheme. Using his special clay obtained from Wundagore Mountain, Puppet Master is able to control and manipulate anyone of whom he crafts an effigy. Over the years, he has proven himself to be one of the FF's most devious foes, often pitting his most hated enemy, the Thing, against his cohorts. In fact, Thing was recently framed for Puppet Master's murder. The full circumstances of Puppet Master's death have yet to be revealed.
Molecule Man3 of 12Owen Reese is one of the Fantastic Four's most powerful enemies. In fact, he is one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe. His gift of manipulating the fundamental building blocks of creation is only hampered by an inability to affect organic matter - a limit he has often overcome. Though Reese has often tried to reform, his unstable mental state always sends him back to his life of crime as Molecule Man. Molecule Man played a major role in the original Secret Wars, and judging by his work with Dr. Doom in New Avengers, he will also be important in the upcoming revival of the major event.
Psycho-Man4 of 12Emerging from the Microverse to conquer our world, Psycho-Man wields a device that manipulates the emotions of others, as well as powerful battle armor and size-changing technology. In his first attempt at conquering the Marvel Universe, it took the combined efforts of the Fantastic Four, the Black Panther, and the Inhuman royal family to put a stop to his schemes. Psycho-Man is also often responsible for bringing out Sue Storm's Malice persona. He was most recently seen attempting to capitalize on the terror gripping the world during Fear Itself.
Mole Man5 of 12Mole Man is not only the first enemy of the Fantastic Four, he's the first villain of the Marvel Universe. Dwelling deep in the underground kingdom of Subterranea, the enigmatic Mole Man commands legions of beings he calls Moloids, as well as hordes of terrible monsters. Mole Man's alter ego, Harvey Elder, is scheduled to appear in Josh Trank's upcoming Fantastic Four film reboot, played by Tim Blake Nelson.
Namor6 of 12Since the Fantastic Four's earliest days, Namor has been one of the team's greatest allies - and one of their staunchest enemies. One of the very first Marvel characters ever created, Namor's history is long and complicated. His association with the Fantastic Four began when Johnny Storm helped him regain his memories, but he quickly vowed vengeance against the surface world, a conflict that has often set him at odds with the FF. Namor also harbors a not-so-secret love of Sue Storm, which isn't Reed Richards's favorite quality in a person. Most recently, Namor was seemingly killed by Black Panther during one of the incursions that will lead to Secret Wars.
Frightful Four7 of 12Every hero has an opposite number, and the same is true of the Fantastic Four. Lead by the evil super-genius known as the Wizard, the Frightful Four is a collective organized to match the FF's power with criminal equivalents. While the original line-up consisted of Wizard, longtime Spider-Man foe Sandman, Trapster, and a brainwashed Medusa, the roster has grown over time to include Hydro-Man, Electro, Thundra, Titania, Klaw, Absorbing Man, and, most recently, the entire Wrecking Crew.
Super Skrull8 of 12The Skrull empire spans entire galaxies, encompasses countless worlds, and yet, they are obsessed with conquering Earth. And at the head of this empire, bent on seizing what their religious texts identify as their destined homeworld is Kl'rt, the Super Skrull. Created by the Skrull Emperor to challenge the Fantastic Four, he is blessed with all of their powers, along with the natural shapeshifting power of the Skrulls, and his own gift of hypnosis. While other Super Skrulls have been created, notably in the Skrulls' attempted Secret Invasion of Earth, Kl'rt is still the champion of the Skrull empire.
Annihilus9 of 12Hailing from the Negative Zone, the hostile dimension that is home to many of the Fantastic Four's enemies, the most fearsome and vicious denizen of that hateful place is Annihilus. The insectoid lord of the Annihilation Wave, a sweeping horde of unbridled entropy and destruction, Annihilus's evil is absolute, predicated on a hatred of all existence. Despite Johnny Storm liberating the Negative Zone from Annihilus's clutches, an attempted democratic election resulted in Annihilus seizing power once again. Annihilus was most recently seen as a part of the galactic council during Infinity.
Galactus10 of 12Galactus. The eater of worlds. The eternal hunger. It is said that Galactus was created when Jack Kirby decided the Fantastic Four should meet God. And while Galactus is lessa God than a force of nature, he is certainly imposing on a cosmic scale. One of the FF's most terrifying and enduring foes, Galactus is also responsible for the creation of Silver Surfer, Terrax, Nova, and many of the Fantastic Four's other prominent allies and enemies. On his own, he is a nigh-unstoppable behemoth bent on devouring the Earth's life essence. So far, only the Fantastic Four's ingenuity and fearlessness have held him back.
Doctor Doom11 of 12Dr. Victor Von Doom is the Fantastic Four's greatest enemy, and one of the greatest villains of the entire Marvel universe. Possessed of an intellect said to be greater even than that of Reed Richards, Doom is hampered only by his own arrogance. In addition to his scientific prowess and and great weaponry, Doom is also one of the most skilled sorcerers in the Marvel universe, and commands the entire nation of Latveria, a country he rules with an iron fist - literally. Though Doom has occasionally seen cause to ally with the Fantastic Four, even becoming godfather to Reed and Sue's daughter Valeria, his quest for vengeance against Reed Richards, whose success Doom blames for his own shortcomings, always brings him back to his villainous roots. Doom has a prominent role in the ongoing saga of the incursions, and while it's unclear exactly what he is planning, it will undoubtedly lead directly to Secret Wars.
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