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|Fantastic Four (TV Series)|
|Beginning date||September 24, 1994|
|End date||February 24, 1996|
|Number of Episodes|| 26|
|Previous Series||Iron Man|
Fantastic Four was the third series to air in the Marvel Animated Universe. It is the third series to focus on the Fantastic Four after Fantastic Four (1967) and Fantastic Four (1978). The series premiered on September 24, 1994 and ended February 24, 1996. There were two seasons, with thirteen episodes per season, for a total of twenty-six episodes.
Fantastic Four debuted alongside the animated Iron Man series as part The Marvel Action Hour, comprising the second half. Before the episode, Stan Lee would have a short segment speaking about the characters, situations, and inspirations.
Actor Role(s) Beau Weaver Mister Fantastic/Reed Richards
Lori Alan Invisible Woman/Susan Richards Quinton Flynn
Brian Austin Green
Human Torch/Johnny Storm Chuck McCann Thing/Benjamin J. Grimm John Vernon
Doctor Doom Neil Ross Doctor Doom
Pauline Arthur Lomas Alicia Masters
The series ran for twenty-six episodes between September 24, 1994 and February 24, 1996.
During the first season critics and fans were disappointed with the show's more silly dialogue, crude animation, and claimed the opening song was more annoying than anything else. Though fans believed that the second season had improved in every area. The Johnny Storm actor was replaced, Thing had less campy dialogue, a more heroic theme featuring no lyrics, and the writing became generally more mature. However, ratings still dropped, probably from the poor first season, and the series was not picked up for a third season.
Fantastic Four comic writer Tom DeFalco parodied the series in Fantastic Four Volume 1 #396. In it, the Scott Lang version of Ant-Man, who was then a member of the team, found a fictional series based on the Fantastic Four and ridiculed Thing for being desperate for money. DeFalco reportedly got into some trouble for it.
|Fantastic Four series|
|Pre-MAU||Fantastic Four (1967) • Fantastic Four (1978) • Fred and Barney Meet the Thing|
|Post-MAU||Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes|