UPDATE: Whoops, got a little ahead of ourselves here. The death happens in Fantastic Four #587, not tomorrow's issue. But man, am I excited to see who's getting offed, so the conversation still stands, let the speculation begin!
In the current arc of Fantastic Four, "Three," Jonathan Hickman and the rest of Marvel have been very forthright that someone is going to die. They even go as far as to subtitle the arc "Countdown to Casualty" and the upcoming Fantastic Four #586, which ships tomorrow, will be polybagged and feature a new logo changing the iconic "4" to a "3." If you're like me, you've probably been wondering, "Who's going to die?" Well, we've analyzed the issues, we've broken down the characters and can now present to you the official odds on who's going to bite it tomorrow in Fantastic Four #586. Place your best now while you can!
The Thing – ODDS: 1000 to 1
The Thing's profile in the Marvel Universe has gained momentum recently, with his recent membership in the New Avengers (along with the added pay) and the recent reveal via the limited print that was provided at today's Marvel press conference, that he's involved in the Marvel 2011 event, Fear Itself. With his presence in other books and being featured in Fear Itself, it seems highly unlikely that Ben Grimm will be going anywhere anytime soon, which I'm glad to hear, especially since he's recently been able to revert from the Thing back to Ben Grimm once a year, thanks to the Future Foundation.
Speaking of the Future Foundation…
Franklin, Valeria, Dragon Man or any of the other members of Reed's Future Foundation – ODDS: 100 to 1
In a previous arc, Reed created a new think tank to help make plans for the future, aptly named the Future Foundation, the members included a unique cross section of smartypants, including Dragon Man (with some snappy glasses), Artie (of Artie and Leech fame), one of those annoying Power Pack kids, a few evolved moloids, a child clone of the Wizard and Reed's kids, Franklin and Valeria. Killing off a child or or an innocent voice for the future would have emotional impact, none of them are considered "members" of the Fantastic Four, so I don't think Hickman is going to go for the cop out of offing one of these characters.
The Human Torch – ODDS: 48 to 1
Of all the members of the Fantastic Four, the one character who's gotten the least amount of attention of focus on him during Hickman's run has been Johnny Storm, also known as the Human Torch. I'm not quite sure why, whether it's that Hickman doesn't like him or maybe hasn't had reason to "use" him yet, but we've yet to see to anything beyond Johnny's cliche tropes and his role as a supporting character (Aside from that run in with Arcade, which was odd). Killing the Human Torch would serve the dramatic purpose of killing off a founding member of the team, but there wouldn't be any emotional resonance or tie back to the great story that's been going on. It would be as close to a senseless death as killing off one of the Future Foundation. So based on that, I think Johnny's safe, or at least a longshot
Mister Fantastic – ODDS: 10 to 1
If any of the four members of the team have been the focus for Hickman for his entire run, it's been Reed. Hickman seems to have zeroed in on Reed Richards and used him as the basis for the stories up to this point, from the first epic story arc which introduced us to the League of Reeds, or to the establishment of the Future Foundation, it seems as if the real thrust for Hickman's stories have revolved around Reed. Based on that, it would make him a very good target, especially if, for instance at this current point in the story, he was going up against Galactus. Btu that said, I would be very surprised if Reed's the one to die, purely because Hickman has invested so much in laying the groundwork and building stories around Reed and his actions. Sure, his death would have a major impact, but in the grand scheme of things, how would it move things forward?
The Invisible Woman – ODDS: 2 to 1
If you're looking for a sure bet here, it's The Invisible Woman, at least according to this odds maker. We've seen the strain on the marriage between Reed and Susan Richards for years now, dating back to Civil War. While things have been rocky, Reed and Sue, the darling couple of the Marvel Universe, have been making it work. But with the recent few story arcs and the focus on Reed and his tendency to get lost in his work, we've seen that strain between the couple continue to get stressed. Factor in that right now, in the current spot in the "Three" story arc, Sue is in the most potentially volatile situation, attempting to negotiate peace between Namor and Atlantean people and the newly rediscovered by the Fantastic Four, Tribes of Old Atlantis. A situation that as of issue #585 already erupted into violence. It seems that if there's going to be a consequence to Namor's actions, Sue is going to pay the cost. Her death would send ripples through both the Fantastic Four as they lose their matriarch, as well as under the sea as Namor deals with causing the loss of the woman he loves (but could never be with). Broken down like that, it sure seems like Sue's got a big target on her back.
So there you have it, the official iFanboy odds and prediction that by this time tomorrow, we'll be mourning the loss of one of the greatest women ever to grace the Marvel Universe and it's safe to say that the Fantastic Four will never be the same.
Or do we have it wrong? Did we miss a key clue or misinterpret the events somehow? If you agree or disagree, post in the comments below to let everyone know who you think is going to die and why!