Good God. In the wake of The Human Torch’s death in Fantastic Four #587, the team will don these boring, monochromatic new uniforms and become “The Future Foundation”. From the Marvel Press release:
Their mission is simple: save the Marvel Universe from its greatest threats and prevent future dangers from arising. But even with knowledge of what’s to come and one of the most powerful teams ever assembled, just what villainous force could stand in their way?
The team will also take on Spider-man as a member of the family, to
sell more books and action figures replace his old frenemy Johnny Storm. The truly sad part about all of this is that these changes are clearly designed to pump up interest and sell books two or three years down the road, when The Human Torch is resurrected, and the team returns to their original name and costumes. It’s a tired old trick that we’ve seen in comics time and time again (see- “Reign of the Supermen”, “Batman: Knightfall”, “Heroes Reborn”, “The Death of Captain America”, etc. etc.). Check out the cover to The Future Foundation #1 and see more promotional artwork after the jump: