The Alex Ross Instagram account posted a brand-new piece of artwork featuring Reed Richards and Sue Storm in what appear to be new Fantastic Four uniforms.
Both have been absent from the Marvel Universe since the end of Secret Wars, as part of a decision by Marvel executives not to publish any more comics called Fantastic Four, after their negotiations with movie license holder Fox. This dispute was originally revealed by Bleeding Cool, disputed by Tom Brevoort, then more recently confirmed by Jonathan Hickman, the last Marvel writer to create stories with the pair at the end of Secret Wars, when they became multiverse deities or somesuch.
It has been theorised, but dismissed, that the upcoming Marvel Legacy comic book might finally see their return. And the fact that Alex Ross posted this image before immediately deleting it, as it it were posted completely by accident, has suddenly underlined that theory.
Or could it be Avengers #675? Or just a private commission into which we are reading far too much?
Only a couple of weeks until New York Comic Con… maybe we’ll get more Fantastic Fourness then?
Alex Ross is an American comic book writer/artist known primarily for his painted interiors, covers, and design work described as in possession of “a Norman-Rockwell-meets-George-Pérez vibe” and has been praised for its realistic, human depictions of classic comic book characters. He first became known with the 1994 miniseries Marvels, on which he collaborated with writer Kurt Busiek. He has since done a variety of projects for both Marvel and DC Comics, such as the 1996 miniseries Kingdom Come, which Ross co-wrote.
Since then, he has done covers and character designs for Busiek’s series Astro City, and various projects for Dynamite Entertainment. His feature film work includes concept and narrative art for Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, and DVD packaging art for the M. Night Shyamalan film Unbreakable. He has done covers for TV Guide, promotional artwork for the Academy Awards, posters and packaging design for video games, and his renditions of superheroes have been merchandised as action figures.