WOLVERINE and SPIDER-MAN Rejoin FANTASTIC FOUR - But Not With HULK or GHOST RIDER

Fantastic Four #21
Credit: Marvel Comics
Credit: Marvel Comics

During Marvel's upcoming Empyre event, the Fantastic Four will venture into space to confront the united Kree/Skrull empire. And as they've done in the past, they'll call upon a substitute squad to fill in on Earth while they're gone.

As revealed via CBR, Spider-Man and Wolverine will rejoin the FF in April's Fantastic Four #21 alongside Franklin and Valeria Richards as Reed, Sue, Ben, and Johnny take to outer space.

Spider-Man and Wolverine were part of a substitute FF in the early 90s that also comprised Hulk and Ghost Rider - a semi-novelty squad that's reunited a few times since.

Spidey's history with the FF goes back a lot further - they first met when Spider-Man tried out for the FF in 1963's Amazing Spider-Man #1. He also filled in as a member of the core FF when his longtime best friend Johnny Storm was stuck living a cycle of death and rebirth in the Negative Zone.

And of course, Wolverine and Spider-Man each have long histories working with kids as educators and mentors - so this will probably go just fine.

It's worth noting Franklin's mutant status - and the conflict over his future and place in the Marvel Universe that will soon arise in Fantastic Four/X-Men.

Fantastic Four #21, from Dan Slott and Sean Izaakse with a cover from Nick Bradshaw (seen here), is due out in April.

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