Tony Stark Could Be The Reason The Fantastic Four Come To Be, Even After His Death

Fans have been waiting for The Fantastic Four to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it looks like some spotted an event in Avengers: Endgame that might serve as their origin story. Some fans think Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) actions are the reason The Fantastic Four come to be.   

Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man | Marvel Studios

Who are The Fantastic Four?

The Fantastic Four first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1961. The team consists of four superheroes, all with different powers. The group is led by Reed Richards, aka Mister Fantastic — a scientist who can stretch and elongate himself into any shape.

Sue Storm, aka the Invisible Woman, can make herself invisible and project powerful fields of energy to shield herself, levitate, and blast her opponents. Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, is Sue’s younger brother, who can engulf his body in flames and control fire. Ben Grimm, aka Thing,  is a gigantic stone-like man with super strength.

In Marvel Comics, the superhero team has battled villains like Doctor Doom and the Silver Surfer. And they’ve worked alongside other superheroes including Spider-Man and the Avengers.

Marvel Fantastic Four comic
A Marvel ‘Fantastic Four’ comic book | Mario Tama/Getty Images

They aren’t yet a part of the MCU

Three Fantastic Four films have been released in the past two decades. The first, which stars Jessica Alba and Chris Evans as Sue and Johnny Storm, came out in 2005. And its sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was released two years later. 

A reboot, starring Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Miles Teller, was released in 2015. But because the film did poorly at the box office, the planned sequel was canceled. 

The 2015 reboot of 'Fantastic Four.' | 20th Century Fox
The 2015 reboot of ‘Fantastic Four’ | 20th Century Fox

Now, the MCU is reportedly planning to bring the superheroes back into the fold. Disney and Marvel haven’t confirmed any details, but Marvel insider Roger Wardell did tweet out some information that has fans intrigued. 

“MCU’s Fantastic Four and X-Men will be primarily based on their Earth-1610 counterparts,” Wardell’s tweet reads. “John Krasinski and Giancarlo Esposito in talks to portray the leading roles.”

Of course, this is pure speculation. And until MCU bigwigs release official details on the project themselves, fans should take all rumors with a grain of salt. 

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Fans think Tony Stark created the Fantastic Four in ‘Avengers: Endgame’

By now, fans know that almost all the movies in the MCU are interlinked and connected. After watching Avengers: Endgame, one Redditor pointed out a scene that could hint that Tony Stark is responsible for the creation of Fantastic Four. 

“In Avengers: Endgame, it is revealed that the team can track Thanos by the cosmic wave created when he used the infinity stones,” the fan wrote on Reddit. “The basic origin story of the Fantastic 4: Reed Richards, Susan/Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm are space exploring when they are bombarded with… cosmic radiation.”

The user suggested that when Thanos is waging war at the end of the movie, Tony sacrifices himself to save the day. But in doing this, he may have inadvertently created the superhero team.

“Tony’s snap emits a cosmic wave, hitting the 4 and giving them their powers,” the Reddit fan continued.  “Thus allowing them to enter phase 5 of the MCU (as phase 4 had been announced already).”

This fan theory is definitely interesting. And if and when the Fantastic Four make it to the MCU, it would be really cool them give a shout out to Tony Stark.