Powers: Potential God
What!?: Telekinesis, Telepathy, Reality Manipulation. Possible Immortality.
Origins: Franklin Richards is the son of Reed Richards and Sue Storm, also known as Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman. Franklin had a particularly difficult birth due to the cosmic ray radiation that his parent’s had been exposed to when they became the Fantastic Four. Franklin was born with his mutant powers already activated, but an altercation with the villain Annihilus accelerated his powers, forcing Mr. Fantastic to briefly put his son in a coma to prevent his powers from going out of control. When he awoke, Franklin himself put psychic dampeners in his mind to make sure his powers and body both matured at the same rate.
Later, Franklin was abducted by his grandfather and raised to adolescence. This person called himself “Psi-Lord,” and briefly created his own team called Fantastic Force, before being replaced by his child form. This was just in time for the entity known as Onslaught to capture Franklin in order to use his powers to reshape the world. When Onslaught was defeated, Franklin unknowingly created a pocket universe to save the lives of the Fantastic Four and Avengers. It is during this time that Franklin lives with Generation X for a short time, developing a friendship with fellow wards Artie and Leech. Frankling eventually does return the heroes back to normal after some prodding from a Celestial.
Franklin lost his powers again after using them to revive Galactus in order to defeat another cosmic being, Abraxas. Some time after, the Scarlet Witch depowered nearly all the worlds mutants. The lost powers of both Professor X and Magneto reformed Onslaught, who nearly killed Franklin in revenge. Franklin survived, and later regained his powers during Norman Osborns failed invasion of the Baxter Building during his tenure as head of H.A.M.M.E.R. Franklin is secretly trained to use his powers by his own future self.
His Deal: Franklin Richards is the son of Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman or the Fantastic Four, the First Family in the Marvel Universe. He is recognized as one of the most, if not the most, powerful being in the universe. He is said to be “beyond Omega-Level,” with his powers rivaling, and even dwarfing, those of the Celestials and Galactus. In fact, he is said to be the ultimate culmination of the Celestial’s universal genetic experiments. He has been categorized as an “Omniversal threat.” Franklin is a founder of the kid team Power Pack. His favorite superhero is Spider-Man, though this may have changed after the death of his uncle Johnny, the Human Torch. His best friends are Artie and Leech. In some realities, he is married to Rachel Grey.
Personality: Despite having the powers of a god, Franklin still has the personality of a regular kid. He’s bright, curious, a bit of a trouble maker, but has the heart of a hero. He wants to use his powers to help people, and is clearly influenced by his father and mother’s dream of making the world a better place. He cares deeply for family, including his uncles Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm. He has also been shown to have a better understanding than most kids his age, though he still immature, as shown by his initial jealousy over his younger sister Valeria. His older self seems to have gotten better at half-truths and subtle manipulation, a trait he gets from his grandfather.
Fun Fact: Franklin shares many similarities with Cable, as they both as leaders as parents, incredible psychic abilities, and have dabbles in time travel.
First Appearance: Fantastic Four Annual #6 (1968)