‘X-Men + Fantastic Four’ in 2020: Prof X. Wants Franklin? But What About My Gay Magic Boy?

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X-Men + Fantastic Four Issue 1 (Image: Marvel Comics)

After the incredible groundwork Jonathan Hickman laid for the future of the X-Men comic books, fans can look forward to X-Men + Fantastic Four being released in February 2020. Apparently, Professor X wants Franklin Richards to be in Krakoa. And while that makes sense, why hasn’t Prof X reached out to gay magic boy Wiccan?

Giving you a bit of a refresher, Franklin Richards is the mutant son of Reed Richards and Sue Storm. He is also considered to be the strongest mutant to ever exist and (arguably) exceeds the Omega-level classification. He’s basically a reality manipulator and is capable of creating entire universes. If I were Professor X, I would definitely want Franklin to be part of Krakoa and use him to help my mutant-centric agenda.

Announced at London’s MCM Comic Con, X-Men + Fantastic Four will be a four-issue mini-series written by Chip Zdarsky. Yes, he’s the same dude who brought us the highly enjoyable and queer The White Tress. So, I’m looking forward to seeing what he’ll offer in this upcoming Marvel story. The art will be by Terry and Rachel Dodson.

The tension between the X-Men and Fantastic Four was seen in Hickman’s House of X issue 1. From what I could gather, Zdarsky will be exploring this plot point. He also shared that the story will be more about different perspectives, and not just giving the two teams a reason to fight each other.

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House of X Issue 1 (Image: Marvel Comics)

I’m interested in seeing what Franklin thinks of the whole Krakoa situation and the offer of joining a place where he’ll be revered by fellow mutants.

Franklin also has a sister named Valeria. She’s a super-genius, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s revealed to be a mutant, too. Unless she has already been revealed to be a mutant, and I somehow missed it?

Anyway, it’s great to have reality manipulators on the team, especially someone like Franklin. And talking about reality manipulators, why hasn’t Wiccan been invited to Krakoa? My gay magical boy can manipulate reality, too! And it’s weird to see him not being recruited by the X-Men (as of yet), even though he has been shown to be part of the team in future timelines.

While Wiccan is currently featured in Tini Howard’s Strikeforce series, I do get frustrated over how he hasn’t been a part of recent major Marvel Comics Universe events. I would have him on speed-dial if I ever led a mutant superhero team.

What’s interesting is that currently both Franklin and Billy (Wiccan) are experiencing a weird burnout of their powers. Billy isn’t able to freely play around with reality as he used to when he was a kid. Similarly, Franklin, who has grown older before returning to Earth, is in danger of exhausting his powers (permanently?) and only uses them as a last resort.

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Fantastic Four Issue 10 (Image: Marvel Comics)

I really want Billy and Franklin to team-up in a comic book story or talk about what’s happening with their powers and their destiny to become beings that will reshape the face of the Marvel Comic Book Universe.

Are you excited about X-Men + Fantastic Four? Will you pick it up in 2020? Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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4 thoughts on “‘X-Men + Fantastic Four’ in 2020: Prof X. Wants Franklin? But What About My Gay Magic Boy?

  1. Wiccan may or may not be a mutant, his “mother” is seen as one of the worst killers of mutants in history, and no matter what his power level it is no where near the potential for Franklin plus he is the son of two of the most important super heroes on Earth.

    1. In the current X-Men landscape, because of Krakoa, a mutant’s past doesn’t matter IF we are to consider Wanda a mutant. And yes, of course, Wiccan isn’t even near to what Franklin can do, but considering he is the destined Demiurge (and still very powerful), I would like him to be more present on the X-Men’s radar, especially because he’s been a member of the X-Men team in future timelines.

      1. This is way late, but Wanda and her contemptible brother have been revealed to not be Magneto’s children and hence, are no longer mutants (in House of X, she’s been dubbed “The Great Pretender”). I love both the X-men and Billy but an Avenger fanboy like him would be at terrible odds in Krakoa.

        1. I’m still a bit iffy when it comes to Wand and her brother not being mutants. With Disney having the rights back from Fox, I can see it being retconned down the line. Regardless, of Wanda being a mutant or not, Wiccan is still a mutant, and he should be in Krakoa or be invited like all of the mutants are being invited. Maybe he was invited and he declined for some reason? Here’s to hoping it’s addressed in the current Strikeforce comic book he’s showing up in, or some other upcoming story because apparently Hulkling is going to have a major role in the ‘Incoming’ arc that’s coming up.

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