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  Franklin Richards Franklin Richards. Art by Barry Kitson. Publication informationPublisher Marvel Comics Firstappearance Fantastic Four Annual   #6(November 1968) Created by Stan Lee (Writer) Jack Kirby (Artist) In-story informationAlter ego Franklin BenjaminRichards Species Human Mutant Teamaffiliations Future Foundation Fantastic Four Fantastic Force Power Pack Generation X Daydreamers Notablealiases Psi-Lord, Ego-Spawn,Avatar, Tattletale, FranklinBenjamin, RichardFranklin Abilities Reality warping Franklin R ichards (comics) Franklin Benjamin Richards  is a fictional character appearing in Americancomic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is usually depicted as asupporting character in  Fantastic F our . He's generally portrayed as a child andas a budding super-hero, albeit inexperienced.Franklin is a mutant beyond Omega-Level [1][2]  with vast reality-manipulatingand psionic powers. He is the young son of Mister Fantastic and the InvisibleWoman of the Fantastic Four, the older brother of Valeria Richards, and thenephew of Invisible Woman's younger brother, the Human Torch. His parentsnamed him Franklin Benjamin Richards; his middle name is taken from hisgodfather Benjamin Jacob Grimm, the Thing. Franklin's first name comes fromFranklin Storm, his maternal grandfather. 1 Publication history2 Fictional character biography 2.1 Origin2.2 Attempt at a normal life2.3 Psi-Lord2.4 Onslaught2.5 Secret Invasion2.6 Dark Reign2.7 Search for the Invisible Woman2.8 Fear Itself2.9 Future Foundation 3 Powers and abilities4 Other versions 4.1 Days of Future Past  4.2 Fantastic Four: Annual 1998 4.3 Earth X  4.4 Exiles4.5 Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius 4.6 House of M 4.7 Marvel Zombies: Dead Days 4.8 MC24.9 Power Pack – All Ages Version4.10 Forever Yesterday4.11 Other future incarnations4.12 Ultimate Marvel 5 In other media  5.1 Television5.2 Video games 6 Awards7 References Contents  Matter and energymanipulationPsionic abilities such astelekinesis, telepathy,astral projection, andprecognitionImmortalityPocket universecreation 8 External links Franklin first appears in  Fantastic Four Annual  #6 (November 1968), and wascreated by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, although he didn't receive his name untiltwo years later in  Fantastic Four  #94 (January 1970). Lee recounted:In trying to be realistic, as we always did ... Sue Storm and ReedRichards in The Fantastic Four  had been married for quite awhile, and I figured the most natural thing in the world would befor them to have a baby. Then it occurred to me we could have alot of fun with that, because we would assume that if two peoplewith super powers have a baby, the baby might have a superpower. But what super power would he have? And we couldkeep the readers guessing for years until the baby grew up. ... Ofcourse, Sue's pregnancy took about a year and a half or twoyears, because comic book time is somewhat different than real-world time. And we wanted to stretch that out a long as we couldwhile we tried to figure out whether she'd have a boy or a girland what to name it. We finally decided on a boy namedFranklin Richards. [3] Appearing sporadically in the pages of  Fantastic Four  over the following fifteen years, Franklin became a member of the pre-teensuperhero team Power Pack as of issue #17 (December 1985) of that title until its cancellation with issue #62 (February 1991). FromNovember 1994 an older version of the same character (aged for the purposes of a story) appeared in the pages of Marvel's  Fantastic Force  until publication ceased as of April 1996. Between appearances in these other titles, Franklin has remained a recurring castmember of the  Fantastic Four  comic book. From July 2007 until the series' cancellation in February 2009, an alternate version ofFranklin appeared as a cast member in the Marvel Adventuresall-ages  Power Pack   series of titles.Franklin Benjamin Richards was born in New York City to Reed and Susan Richards. [4]  Unlike most mutants (whose abilities areinitially activated at the onset of puberty), Franklin began manifesting his powers while still a toddler due to his parents' radiation-altered genes. This drew the attention of Annihilus, who sought to use Franklin as a source for his own resurgence, transferring somemeasure of the child's latent power to himself with a gene-based machine, and releasing Franklin's full potential in the process.Fearing the immediate threat of his son's powers to the entire populace of Earth and unable to find another solution in time, ReedRichards shut down Franklin's mind. [5] During a battle between Ultron-7 and the Fantastic Four, Ultron's energy output awoke Franklin and again released his powers,resulting in the sentient robot's defeat. Free of the energies expended in the confrontation with Ultron, Franklin was seeminglyreturned to his normal power level. [6] Needing someone to watch over Franklin in their absence, Reed and Susan Richards came to rely on the services of an elderlywoman known as Agatha Harkness, who is also a benevolent witch. Franklin and Agatha soon developed a familial-like bond, evenresiding together for a time at Whisper Hill (Agatha's old residence, which was regularly destroyed and rebuilt). Eventually, Agatha Publication historyFictional character biography Origin  returned to live in the secret witch community of New Salem, Colorado, and Franklin moved back in permanently with his parentsand the rest of the Fantastic Four. His powers, no longer dormant, continued to manifest themselves. [7] Under the care of yet another guardian, a robot nicknamed H.E.R.B.I.E., Franklin unintentionally used his reality warping abilities toage himself into adulthood. [8]  In this form, Franklin was an adept at molecular manipulation and psionics. Upon realizing hismistake, he soon restored himself to childhood. [9] Despite his youth and inexperience, Franklin, a victim of many threats and abductions, has exhibited great courage in the face ofoverwhelming peril. Time and again, he has unknowingly saved innocent lives, including that of his famous family, from the likes ofvillainous perpetrators, such as Blastaar, [10]  Norman Osborn, [11]  Onslaught, [12]  Nicholas Scratch, [13]  and even the all-powerfulMephisto, whom he temporarily destroyed and later defeated on two separate occasions. [14][15] To try to give his son a normal life, Reed Richards devised psychic inhibitorsto prevent his powers from being used, but Franklin, whether by fault or byintent, could still at times bypass the inhibitors and use his powers, such asprojecting an image of himself at a long distance. At this point he secretly joined a team of pre-teen superheroes called Power Pack, in which he wascode-named Tattletale .Franklin's adventures with Power Pack gained him an enemy in the alien Zn'rx,and allies and friends in the Kymellian Whitemanes. Franklin was particularlyclose to the young Kofi Whitemane, who declared Franklin an honorary cousinin much the same way as the children of Power Pack had been adopted ashonorary Whitemanes. Franklin also regarded the Power children and theirparents as a sort of surrogate family — his association with them beginning ata time when he was feeling particularly distant from his parents at a time when they were living at Avengers Mansion. During thisperiod Franklin also bonded emotionally with Avengers associate and manservant Edwin Jarvis, as Jarvis was his primary caretakerwhile Franklin stayed at the mansion. His friendship with the Power children also gave Franklin a taste of life among siblings, whichthe lonely Franklin would not experience until much later when his sister Valeria was born.The Richards and Power families became fast friends, though neither family's parents realized that any of the children other thanFranklin were superpowered (though Susan and Reed discovered this later). Franklin even kept his membership of Power Pack asecret from his own parents: when he appeared before them in image form (see above) he would stick to ordinary clothes, onlyappearing in his Power Pack outfit before other heroes such as Kitty Pryde. [16] Franklin even lived with the Power family for a time, when his parents decided that a superhero headquarters was a dangerous placefor a child to live, and wanted Franklin to spend time in a normal family environment. He returned to his family when Power Packtemporarily left Earth for the Kymellian homeworld. Attempt at a normal life The first appearance of Franklin Richardsas the superhero/Power Pack member Tattletale  (Power Pack #17, December1985), alongside the similarly-aged KatiePower, who suggests his codename. Artby June Brigman.A promotional advertisement for the Fallof the Mutants storyline which ran invarious Marvel Comics cover datedNovember 1987. Franklin Richards ispictured at the far right in his Tattletale costume. Art by Jon Bogdanove.  Franklin was later kidnapped by his time-traveling grandfather Nathaniel Richards, and replaced with his teenage counterpart, Psi-Lord , who had been raised by Nathaniel in a dimension outside of time. Franklin, as Psi-Lord, helped create the short-lived teamknown as Fantastic Force. By tapping a stud hidden within the glove of his costume, Franklin was able to summon battle armor froma pocket dimension; it was designed specifically to siphon off the full measure of his powers. [17]  As such, Franklin's abilities at thistime were limited to telepathy, precognition, and psionic energy blasts.Nathaniel eventually revealed that in another possible future timeline, Franklin Richards would, with Rachel Summers, father aterrible time-and dimension-traveling supervillain named Hyperstorm. [18]  In an effort to divert the attention of the Fantastic Four,Hyperstorm traveled back to the precise point in time when Franklin was abducted by Nathaniel Richards; he returned the child to hisparents mere seconds after he was first kidnapped, thus rendering the Psi-Lord version of Franklin Richards obsolete in the Earth-616timeline. [19] Shortly after these events, Onslaught kidnaps Franklin in order to use his abilities to reshape reality. To defeat Onslaught, theFantastic Four, the Avengers, the X-Men, and several other heroes destroy first his physical form, and then his psychic form. In theprocess, Franklin's parents seemingly die. Franklin displays his true power, singlehandedly creating the Heroes Reborn pocketuniverse to contain the heroes who had died in that adventure. Some of them are recreated based on Franklin's memories of them,such as the temporally-displaced teenage Tony Stark becoming an adult once more while the mutated Wasp is restored to humanform. While his parents are away in the Heroes Reborn universe, Generation X and Alicia Masters look after Franklin. This universecomes to be represented by a small, bluish ball which Franklin carries with him.Franklin travels with several X-Men to the farm owned by Hank McCoy's parents. He plays with Artie Maddicks and Leech, bothmutant children. The Celestials recognize that Franklin represents the culmination of their genetic experiments, that he has power torival even theirs. Ashema, one of the Celestials, representing herself as a human, visits Franklin. Ultimately, Franklin, Ashema andother forces allow the rightful heroes to return and both universes to remain functioning.In the wake of Mr. Fantastic's activation of the Ultimate Nullifier to destroy Abraxas, Franklin loses all his powers in the process ofreforming Galactus and thus becomes a normal child. [20]  Shortly afterwards, Doctor Doom makes a pact with the Haazareth Three togain vast magical power. During Doom's attacks upon the Fantastic Four, Franklin is sucked into Hell by the Haazareth. [21]  After thedefeat of Doom, his parents rescue him, but Franklin has a hard time coping with the traumatic experience of being tormented inHell. The Thing helps Franklin make a complete mental recovery by assuring him that, even if they couldn't always keep him safe,they would never give up on him. [22] When the Scarlet Witch uses her powers to depower countless mutants, including Magneto and Professor X, the power lost byMagneto and Xavier combines and restores Onslaught, whose consciousness still lingered after his death. Onslaught takes control ofboth the Human Torch and Mister Fantastic in an attempt to get Franklin but is interrupted by the Thing and Invisible Woman.When Franklin flees to Counter-Earth, Onslaught follows him. The Avengers assess their new threat which did not exist untilFranklin appeared.After a brief skirmish, the heroes and villains decide to work together to defeat Onslaught. Rikki Barnes defeatshim using a Fantasticar to send them both through the Negative Zone barrier in the Fantastic Four's lab, trapping them. Franklinreturns home, Barnes finds herself on Earth-616, and Onslaught is seen floating outside the Area 42 Prison in the Negative Zone.In the beginning of the Skrull strike on Earth, the Skrull Lyja, impersonating Sue Richards, sends the entire Baxter Building into theNegative Zone with Franklin, Valeria, and Johnny Storm inside. Franklin and Valeria team up with Johnny and the Thing to fight theSkrulls. Benjamin Grimm asks the help of the Tinkerer, who is a prisoner in the prison for the unregistered villains in the Negative Psi-LordOnslaughtSecret Invasion
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