76 Facts About Reed Richards


Reed Richards has a mastery of mechanical, aerospace and electrical engineering, chemistry, all levels of physics, and human and alien biology.

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Reed Richards is the inventor of the spacecraft that was bombarded by cosmic radiation on its maiden voyage, granting the Fantastic Four their powers.

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Reed Richards gained the ability to stretch his body into any shape he desires.

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Reed Richards is the husband of Susan Storm, father of Franklin Richards and Valeria Richards, and mentor of his brother-in-law, Johnny Storm.

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Reed Richards has has appeared regularly in the Fantastic Four comic for most of its publication run.

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Nathaniel was a scientific genius, and Reed Richards inherited a similar level of intellect and interests.

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Reed Richards attended such prestigious universities as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Columbia University, and the fictional Empire State University.

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Reed Richards had already begun designing a starship capable of traveling in hyperspace.

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Reed Richards fell in love with Sue instantly and began courting her.

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Ultimately, Reed Richards was too distracted from his work on his dissertation due to his romance with Sue and decided that the best thing for the both of them was to move out of Marygay's home.

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Three years later, in his mid-20s, Reed Richards used his inheritance, along with government funding, to finance his research.

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All seemed well; however, when the government threatened to cut funding and cancel the project, Reed Richards, Ben, Sue, and Sue's younger brother Johnny, agreed to sneak aboard the starship and take it up immediately.

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Ben was initially skeptical about the unknown effects of radiation, while Reed Richards theorized that their ship's shielding would be adequate to protect them.

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Reed Richards had neglected to account for the abnormal radiation levels in the belt's atmosphere.

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Reed Richards's body was elastic and he could reshape any portion of his body at will.

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Reed Richards was chosen to lead the group, under the name "Mr Fantastic".

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Reed Richards later told his daughter, by way of a bedtime story, that the reason he suggested they become adventurers and gave them such outlandish costumes and names as "Mister Fantastic" and "The Thing" was that he knew they would likely be hated and feared for their powers without such an over-the-top public image.

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Current official Marvel canon has since altered this origin story by combining elements of both—it eliminated the large age gap but maintained that Reed Richards and Sue did not meet until their late teens at Aunt Marygay's boardinghouse.

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The change in age was an editorial decision made in 2013 as Reed Richards developing, several years later, a romantic interest in a girl he first met when she was thirteen years old was deemed inappropriate.

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Ever driven by his quest for knowledge, Reed Richards is believed by most to be the Earth's foremost intelligence.

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Reed Richards then opened a portal to the Negative Zone for the first time.

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The couple briefly separated, and Reed Richards further alienated Sue by shutting down Franklin's mind in order to prevent his power from causing global catastrophe; Sue Storm initiated divorce proceedings but the two were reconciled soon after.

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Reed Richards saved Galactus's life during the course of his adventures.

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Just after that, Reed Richards was reunited with his father in an alternate timeline.

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Some time later, Reed Richards and Sue retired from the Fantastic Four, and then joined the Avengers, although Reed Richards's past experience as leader of the Fantastic Four meant that he had trouble adjusting to following Captain America's lead regardless of his respect for the other man.

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Reed Richards was overjoyed to see his son again, but he and the rest of the FF found themselves without a home, moving into Reed Richards's storage warehouse on Pier 4, overlooking the East River.

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Reed Richards is in possession of the "Power" gem of the Infinity Gauntlet.

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In Marvel's Civil War miniseries and crossover event, Reed Richards is one of the leading figures, along with Iron Man, on the side which is in favor of the Superhuman Registration Act.

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Reed Richards opines that his uncle was wrong to take such a stand, to pick a fight he couldn't win, and to fail to respect the law.

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Reed Richards survives and Sue returns to him in the aftermath of the battle, having been granted amnesty.

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Reed Richards uses the machine on the Hulk just as he is about to defeat the Thing, but the Hulk knows it is not the real Sentry and destroys the machine.

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Reed Richards is later seen among the various heroes that the Hulk defeated so far, within the depths of the Hulk's Gladiator arena located within Madison Square Garden.

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Reed Richards, after having the upper hand on Stark, is then given the thumbs down by Hulk, instructing Reed Richards to kill Stark.

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Conscious but still mostly shapeless Reed Richards is seen being forcibly stretched in all directions to cover the floor of a medium-sized arena aboard a Skrull ship, with all of the seats filled by Skrull onlookers.

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Reed Richards is freed by Abigail Brand, and then travels with her to the Savage Land and uses a device to reveal all the Skrull invaders present.

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Reed Richards searches for answers which can only be found in alternate timelines as the three find themselves in a super hero Hyborian-age civil war; Franklin and Valeria are the only ones available to confront the agents Osborn sent.

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Reed Richards meets with the other five Illuminati to handle the problem.

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Reed Richards eventually starts working with his counterpart from the Ultimate Marvel universe who calls himself Maker.

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Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, and the Future Foundation were later confronted by the Griever at the End of All Things after Reed Richards had expended most of his Beyonder-based energies while Franklin was left with only limited reality-warping abilities.

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Reed Richards gained the power of elasticity from irradiation by cosmic rays.

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Reed Richards has the ability to convert his entire body into a highly malleable state at will, allowing him to stretch, deform, and reform himself into virtually any shape.

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Reed Richards has been observed as being able to utilize his stretching form in a variety of offensive and defensive manners, such as compressing himself into a ball and ricocheting into enemies, flattening himself into a trampoline or a parachute to catch a falling teammate, or inflating himself into a life raft to aid in a water rescue.

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Reed Richards is able to shape his hands into hammer and mace style weapons, and concentrate his mass into his fists to increase their density and effectiveness as weapons.

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Reed Richards can be punched with incredible force, flattened, squished, and still re-form or survive without any form of sufficient injury.

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Reed Richards has even molded himself into the shapes of inanimate objects, such as a mailbox.

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Reed Richards rarely uses his powers in such an undignified fashion.

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Reed Richards's powers were increased when they were exposed to a second dose of cosmic rays.

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When Reed Richards is relaxed and distracted, his body appears to "melt in slow motion" according to Susan Storm.

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Reed Richards possesses other weaknesses too; a great shock to his body - for example, from the likes of Doctor Doom when he constructs around him - can make his body so rubbery he loses motor control.

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Reed Richards's patents are so valuable that he is able to bankroll the Fantastic Four, Inc, without any undue financial stress.

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Reed Richards is an accomplished fighter due to his years of combat experience with the Fantastic Four, and has earned a black belt in judo.

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In Bullet Points, Dr Reed Richards is drafted by the government to act as technical support to Steve Rogers, who in this reality is Iron Man.

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The 616 Reed discovers that the other Reeds have one thing in common: each of them grew up without their father Nathaniel Richards, whose influence made the 616 Reed a more compassionate man.

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Counter-Earth version of Reed Richards is from a world created by the High Evolutionary; Counter-Earth originally existed within the reality of Earth-616 and is thus, technically, not an alternate Earth.

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Reed Richards is driven mad when he fails to save his reality's Earth from Galactus.

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Reed Richards is transformed by cosmic radiation into The Thing, while Ben gains the stretching powers of Mr Fantastic and the flaming powers of the Human Torch.

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Reed Richards leads the super-human effort to drive off Galactus and save the planet.

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Reed Richards becomes one of the caretakers of Thunderbird, a dimension-hopping hero who had been severely injured in the battle.

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Reed Richards of this reality is an intelligent ape given stretching powers by exposure to cosmic radiation, as in the mainstream Marvel universe.

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Reed Richards tries to find a way to send Marty "The Gibbon" Blank back to his home reality.

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Reed Richards is one of the few that realizes Captain America is really a disguised Baron Blood.

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Reed Richards is impaled and killed by Blood in an attempt to stop the vampire from trying to invade Earth-616 for a new source of blood.

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In Mangaverse, Reed Richards has been re-imagined as a long-haired intellectual with a laid-back attitude.

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Reed Richards has stretching talents which he considered "near useless" except for stretching his neurons, allowing him to brainstorm new ideas.

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The Zombie FF attempts to escape into the Ultimate Marvel universe, but the zombie Reed Richards is neutralized when the Ultimate Invisible Girl destroys a chunk of his brain, allowing the Ultimate team to contain their counterparts.

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When Reed Richards solves the problem keeping Susan in stasis in the Negative Zone, the mental block preventing his scars from healing dissolves, and his appearance returns to normal.

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Later Reed becomes a mad scientist, aided by evil versions of Ben Grimm, Franklin Richards and Peter Parker.

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When Dr Doom returns, Reed Richards is forced into a mental duel with the villain, which ends in a tie that banishes both their minds to the "Crossroads of Infinity".

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Reed Richards is currently in Latveria, under the care of his wife.

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Reed Richards is interrupted in his work by Dracula, who slices open his throat, killing him.

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Reed Richards is asked for help by Jessica Drew from the 616 universe to try to get her home, and reveals that he has encountered other Dimensional hoppers before her.

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Reed Richards is assisted in this mission by his friend, Ben Grimm, who gathers data held by the High Evolutionary.

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Reed Richards reveals that after a test flight similar to the one that gave the mainstream Fantastic Four their powers, the cosmic rays transformed Reed Richards into the Brute, leaving Grimm unaffected, Johnny Storm dead, and Susan Storm in a coma.

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Maker, previously known as Ultimate Reed Richards is the Ultimate Marvel's version of Mister Fantastic.

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Ultimate Reed Richards gets engulfed in a malfunctioned teleporter experiment to get the superpower to stretch.

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Reed Richards's brain is destroyed during a battle with Doctor Doom, but not before he manages to transfer his mind into Doom's body.

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