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Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes
Fantastic Four Worlds Greatest Heroes
Beginning date September 2, 2006
End date October 20, 2007
Number of Episodes 26
Producers Avi Arad
Craig Kyle
Stan Lee
Eric S. Rollman
Original Channel Cartoon Network
Previous Series Spider-Man: The New Animated Series
Next Series The Spectacular Spider-Man

Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes is a series that ran between September 2nd, 2006 and October 20th, 2007. The series was made as a response to the first Fantastic Four film.

It is the fourth to feature the Fantastic Four characters after Fantastic Four (1967), Fantastic Four (1978), and Fantastic Four.

Story

The series does not tell the origin but assumes that audiences would get this thanks to the first movie, which had been released several months before. The series follows the events of the first film, much like Spider-Man: The New Animated Series. Here, the four heroes-to-be were on a space station, not a shuttle as in the comics and previous incarnations, along with Doctor Doom. Doom was directly responsible for the failing of the station's shields. Though unlike the film Doom does not gain any powers by this and remains closer to the comic version.

Outside of America, Doom is removed from the opening sequence.

The first half focus on the mysteries of the Negative Zone and Doom's attempts to exploit its power. The Four also fought against the usual assortment of villains such as Mole Man, Puppet Master, Impossible Man, Ronan the Accuser, the Skrulls and the Kree. They would also find other superheroes such as Ant-Man and the Incredible Hulk.

The second half was less focused and each episode was more or less intended as separate. The Four would fight the Frightful Four, Diablo, and Terminus. In this part of the series they would team up with other heroes such as Iron Man, Namor, and She-Hulk.

Unlike previous series, this series featured original storylines. Though certain Stan Lee and Jack Kirby comics did serve as inspirations for several episodes.

Like the film, Alicia Masters was portrayed as an African-American rather than as a Caucasian as in the comics and previous series.

Cast

Actor Role(s)
Hiro Kanagawa Mister Fantastic/Reed Richards
Lara Gilchrist Invisible Woman/Susan Storm
Christopher Jacot Human Torch/Johnny Storm
Brian Dobson Thing/Benjamin Grimm
Samuel Vincent H.E.R.B.I.E.
Paul Dobson Doctor Doom
Mole Man
Sunita Prasad Alicia Masters
Michael Adamthwaite Namor
Don Brown Henry Peter Gyrich
Trevor Devall Diablo
Michael Dobson Ronan
Bonner-Davis
Brian Drumond Agent Pratt
Laura Drummond Courtney Bonner-Davis
Andrew Kavadas Bruce Banner
Mark Gibbon Hulk
Jonathon Holmes Wizard
David Kaye Iron Man/Tony Stark
Terry Klassen Impossible Man
Scott McNeil Annihilus
Colin Murdock Willie Lumpkin
Peter New Rupert
John Novak Supreme Intelligence
Mark Oliver Super-Skrull
John Payne Ant-Man/Henry Pym
Alvin Sanders Puppet Master
Rebecca Shoichet She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters
Venus Terzo Lucia von Bardas
Lee Tockar Terminus
Samuel Vincent Peter Parker
Trapster

Animation

The series combined traditional two-dimensional art with modern three-dimensional computer generated imagery. The animation was done by an animation company based in France named Moonscoop.

Episodes

Twenty-six episodes were released in a single season over the course of roughly three and a half years.

Reception

It has a 7.1 on the Internet Movie Database and 8.6 Great on TV.com.

Release

The series suffered from an erratic airing schedule while on Cartoon Network. It first aired on September 2, 2006 as part of Toonami and ran for seven episodes before being pulled without any explanation. It returned on June 9, 2007 in time for the release of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer but only for eleven episodes leaving the other eight unaired in the United States.

The series is set to be rereleased with 'new' episodes on Nickelodeon's Nicktoons Network in Fall 2009.

The third sequential episode was the first to be aired, but this was corrected for the DVD release.

All twenty-six episodes are available on DVD.

External Links


Fantastic Four series
Pre-MAU Fantastic Four (1967)Fantastic Four (1978)Fred and Barney Meet the Thing
MAU Fantastic Four
Post-MAU Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes

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