Fantastic Four #25 Changes New York In The Marvel Universe (Spoilers)

Well, Dan Slott and Marvel Comics did promise "And a new, major, permanent status quo change for Marvel's First Family" after Empyre, in Fantastic Four #25. And not just about a potential revival of the Reckoning War (we'll get to that).

Fantastic Four #25 Changes New York In The Marvel Universe
Dan Slott.

Today's Fantastic Four #25 sees a major cosmic battle take place on Earth, between all the Fantastic Four, the replacement Fantastix 4, Doctor Doom, Victorious, and everyone else who happens to be on hand. But it also has a side-effect for one of Valeria's projects.

Fantastic Four #25 Changes New York In The Marvel Universe
Fantastic Four #25

Which, after the events of the issue (available today), gets weaponised, turning it into something new. A Forever Gate.

Fantastic Four #25 Changes New York In The Marvel Universe
Fantastic Four #25

It can go anywhere. And anything can use it to come here. Basically, Marvel has turned New York into a combination of both the great Boys Own adventure stories of colonisation and exploration – and the ultimate Ellis Island/Hellmouth, where anything can, and will, come to our world – and right into the centre of Manhattan Island. It smacks of Stan and Jack's original version of the Negative Zone, which got locked down pretty sharpish. But this feels like a walking plot device for years and years to come. And thematically it could contrast with Franklin Richards, suffering the ultimate teenage lockdown…

FANTASTIC FOUR #25
MARVEL COMICS
AUG200671
(W) Dan Slott (A) R. B. Silva, Paco Medina, Will Robson (CA) Mark Brooks
"There Shall Come a Reckoning"
A NEW ERA FOR THE FANTASTIC FOUR! Do NOT miss it! This issue has it all: New Artist! New villains! New uniforms! And a new, major, permanent status quo change for Marvel's First Family! Who is the HELMSMAN? Is he here to save our reality or destroy it? Why is VICTORIOUS in New York-and what will that mean for the HUMAN TORCH? All this and an appearance by DOCTOR DOOM! One of the most important characters in the entire cosmos…returns from the dead! And a major turning point in the history of the FANTASTIC FOUR! Rated T In Shops: Oct 21, 2020 SRP: $5.99

I bought my comics this week from Piranha Comics in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Piranha Comics is a small south London comic store chain with a small south-east store in Kingston-Upon Thames's market centre, which runs Magic The Gathering nights on Fridays, and a larger south-west store in Bromley, which also runs Magic nights and has an extensive back issue collection and online store. If you are in the neighbourhood, check them out.
Chadwick Boseman
Piranha Comics logo.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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