"aliens who possessed
Membership: Unidentified aliens posing as Ben
Grimm, Reed Richards, Johnny Storm and Sue Storm
Purpose: To conquer Earth
Aliases: The Fantastic Four
Avengers (Black Widow, Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor) (who
were unaware of their true nature)
Base of Operations: The Baxter Building, USA
First Appearance: Avengers Halloween Special#1
Halloween Special#1/2 (fb) - BTS) - When Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, Sue
Storm and Johnny Storm traveled into space, a group of unidentified
aliens took possession of their bodies, with Sue Storm putting up the
most resistance against the aliens. Once completing taking over the
bodies of the foursome, the aliens returned to Earth and fabricated a
story in which the foursome had been mutated by cosmic rays in space
before posing as Earth superheroes, using their "powers" to help others.
(Avengers Halloween Special#1/2) - While changing out
bandages on his scarred face, Victor von Doom watched a television show
about the so-called Fantastic Four and became suspicious of the
supposedly buffoonish Reed Richards. Traveling to the Fantastic Four's
headquarters, von Doom spied on the team from afar, sure they were not
who they said they were. His armor soon detected a communication
frequency higher than any used on Earth, confirming his suspicions that
the real Reed Richards had died in space and something else was posing
as him on Earth. Deciding to confront the Fantastic Four, Victor von
Doom crashed through one of the Baxter Building's windows and was
immediately met by the alien posing as Johnny Storm. Drawing a sword,
von Doom stabbed "Johnny" before the alien posing as Ben Grimm
attacked, only to find himself blown up by von Doom. The alien posing
as Reed Richards then followed up but von Doom used his armor to
disable "Richards"' muscles, remarking that the alien would suffocate
before the effect wore off. Unfortunately, the Avengers, who were
unaware of the aliens' true nature, soon arrived and defeated von Doom,
arresting him. While in jail, von Doom was visited by the alien posing
as Sue Storm, who asked Doom what gave the Fantastic Four away. Doom
explained how the real Ben Grimm had been vain and would have been
unhappy with his monstrous form and that Doom's theory was proven when
his armor picked up the communication frequencies. Von Doom then asked
"Sue" if he would now been taken into space and replaced as well,
prompting "Sue" to reply that the other aliens had considered it but
felt it was more fun to leave Doom in jail. When Doom promised to
escape and lead the world against the aliens, "Sue" placed a tiny force
field into Doom's brain to initiate a massive stroke, allowing Doom to
see her true form before promising to visit Doom again after Doom
recovered from the stroke as the last man left on Earth. "Sue" then
left, claiming she had a planet to conquer.
Comments: Created by Gerry Duggan and Laura Braga.
The name of the alien race that possessed the
Fantastic Four was never revealed. Additionally, the Avengers were
never called as such by name but one can assume who they are based on
appearance...then again, it's also possible they were called something else in this reality...
Profile by Proto-Man.
The "aliens who possessed the Fantastic Four" have no known connections to:
The Avengers were heroes much like their Earth-616 counterparts. When the aliens posing as the Fantastic Four were attacked in the Baxter Building by Victor von Doom, the Avengers, unaware of the Fantastic Four's true nature, responded to assist the Fantastic Four, defeating and arresting von Doom.
They were (clockwise from top): Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Black Widow.
--Avengers Halloween Special#1/2
Victor von Doom
Victor von Doom had been a past associate of Reed
Richards and Ben Grimm. After becoming horribly disfigured, von Doom
watched on television as the Fantastic Four and immediately became
suspicious, feeling as if the real Reed Richards never acted a buffoon
as he seemed on television. Also suspicious of Ben Grimm's continued
happy-go-lucky attitude following a transformation into a monstrous
form, von Doom traveled from Latveria to the Baxter Building and soon
confirmed his theories when he picked up a communication frequency
higher than any on Earth. Attacking the Fantastic Four, von Doom made
quick work of the fiery Johnny Storm, rocky Ben Grimm and stretching
Reed Richards, but he was soon taken down when the Avengers, who were
unaware the Fantastic Four had been replaced with aliens, arrived and
arrested him. Doom was later visited in jail by the alien posing as Sue
Storm, who asked how Doom had figured out the Fantastic Four were not
what they seemed. "Sue" then admitted the Fantastic Four felt it was
fun to leave Doom imprisoned and when Doom promised to lead the world
against the aliens, "Sue" placed a tiny force field inside Doom's brain
to initiate a stroke, promising to visit Doom again after he recovered
as the last man left on Earth following the Fantastic Four's invasion.
images: (without ads)
Avengers Halloween Special#1, p7, pan2 ("aliens who possessed the Fantastic Four," main image)
Avengers Halloween Special#1, p12, pan3 ("Sue Storm" in true alien form)
Avengers Halloween Special#1, p10, pan6 (Avengers)
Avengers Halloween Special#1, p8, pan3 (Victor von Doom)
Avengers Halloween Special#1 (December, 2018) - "Whatever Happened to the Richards Family?" story - Gerry Duggan (writer), Laura Braga (art), Jake Thomas (editor)
First Posted: 04/05/2019
Last updated: 04/05/2019
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