‘Fantastic Four’ is all set to set our screens on fire in a future movie. However, MCU might not be ready for the strongest ‘Fantastic Four’ member yet. Could the child of Reed and Susan Richards change the very fabric of reality that MCU holds onto?
Marvel confirmed that they were working on a new ‘Fantastic Four’ film back in 2019, and ever since, the internet has been filled with theories about the characters. However, it’s not the main roster of ‘Fantastic Four’ that will change the entire MCU fabric. The child of Reed and Susan Richards, Franklin Richards, might be the one to tip the MCU equation as a whole in one fell sweep.
- Who is the strongest member of the ‘Fantastic Four’?
- Could an omega-level mutant hold the key to Marvel’s multiverse?
- How would MCU change with the introduction of ‘Fantastic Four’?
Who is Franklin Richards?
Susan and Reed Richards have been married for decades in the comics. Franklin Richards is their son and an omega-level mutant. Infused with the radiation from his parents’ bodies, Franklin has the power to manipulate reality and open up multiverses at will. One of the key reasons his character has been so compelling is because of him being a child. He has almost infinite powers and is undoubtedly the most powerful member of the ‘Fantastic Four’.
Franklin was found to have strange powers from a very young age. He used to break through the multiverse barriers and create cosmic-level accidents since he had no control of his powers. The X-Men in the recent comics have continuously been courting him to become a member of their independent nation so that they can take advantage of his capabilities.
However, Franklin Richards’s powers don’t stop at that. He has seemingly unlimited psionic powers and has, among others, defeated Ultron by himself.
What does Franklin change in MCU?
Franklin Richards’ powers bring to the table a lot of changes in MCU. Not only is he the key to opening doors of multiverses, but he could also potentially bring cosmic level enemies into Earth. The multiverse is going to play a massive role in the MCU going forward. The new ‘Doctor Strange’ film will deal with multiverses, and so will the new Spiderman property.
Franklin Richards being an omega-level mutant can be expected to play a part in these confrontations. Franklin could also be the key to Galactus, a future enemy of the Avengers. In the comics, Franklin has come across Galactus many times.
Franklin Richard’s immortal legacy lies in the fact that he can handle these conflicts relatively easily. He might be a child, but he possesses powers equivalent to Galactus and can defeat him if he so wishes.
The only reason Reed Richards fears his child is that his powers could tear apart the whole world if he so wished. So, Franklin needs to be kept in constant check so that his powers don’t go out of control. Nathaniel Richards has trained the most powerful member of ‘Fantastic Four’ in one of his character iterations. Nathaniel Richards is Reed Richards’ father, and he taught Franklin to become a warrior. In this form, the adolescent Franklin Richards was a dangerous enemy for anyone who dared to face off against him. He has also been part of various teams in his multiple iterations and could play a significant role in the MCU.
The Tears in the Multiverse
The problem with Franklin Richards is that he is overpowered even in comparison to the monsters in MCU. Until now, the MCU has significantly powered down their heroes to fit their narratives and keep their movies under budget. However, with cosmic threats looming, their films would be breaking quite a few rules in the process.
Franklin fits right into the cosmic side of Marvel comics, but it would be difficult to fit him in when it comes to the MCU. The most powerful member of ‘Fantastic Four’ could dwarf every single hero introduced in MCU in moments. He is a threat to the fabric of the universe in a way that Thanos only became after getting the Infinity stones.
What would be interesting to see is how Franklin interacts with the younger members of the MCU. The adolescent Richards is almost the age of Spider-Man in the MCU. As a child, he would find much in common with Baby Groot and others. Could the ‘Fantastic Four’ family be the first MCU family, with the powerful member also being one of the most dangerous beings in the universe? The questions grow as the timing of the movies comes closer.
Franklin Richards is one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel universe. With his parents debuting in the MCU soon, we can expect him to pose some threats to the MCU world order with his omega-level powers. However, he would be changing the entire game with his powers and might become one of the biggest heroes in all of MCU.