|This article is written from the Real World perspective|
|Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes|
|Beginning date||September 2, 2006|
|End date||October 20, 2007|
|Number of Episodes||26|
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.
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.
Like the film, Alicia Masters was portrayed as an African-American rather than as a Caucasian as in the comics and previous series.
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.
Twenty-six episodes were released in a single season over the course of roughly three and a half years.
It has a 7.1 on the Internet Movie Database and 8.6 Great on TV.com.
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.
|Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes Episodes|
|"Doomsday" • "Molehattan" • "Trial by Fire" • "Doomed" • "Puppet Master" • "Zoned Out" • "Hard Knocks" • "My Neighbor was a Skrull" • "World's Tiniest Heroes" • "De-Mole-Ition" • "Impossible" • "Bait and Switch" • "Annihilation" • "Revenge of the Skrulls" • "Strings" • "Imperius Rex" • "Doomsday Plus One" • "The Cure" • "Frightful" • "Out of Time" • "Atlantis Attacks" • "Shell Games" • "Johnny Storm and the Potion of Fire" • "Contest of Champions" • "Doom's Word is Law" • "Scavenger Hunt"|