Fantastic Four (1994) & Fantastic Four World’s Greatest Heroes The Complete Series 26 Episodes Each Series (52 Episodes Combined) on 4 Blu-ray Discs in 720p HD
This is the complete series of both Fantastic Four (1994) & Fantastic Four World’s Greatest Heroes both series have been cleaned, enhanced and upscaled to 720p HD. Both series have 26 episodes.
Fantastic Four (1994)
Most episodes in the first season consisted of fairly accurate re-interpretations of classic 1960s Fantastic Four comic book stories by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. For instance, this series stayed true to the original comic book story that recounted the Silver Surfer and Galactus’ coming to Earth in a two-part episode as well as Doctor Doom’s theft of the Surfer’s powers. However, the season’s cost-effective animation and attempts to add humor through the inclusion of a fussy British landlady (portrayed by Lee’s wife Joan) for the Fantastic Four were generally met with displeasure by fans – to say nothing of then-current Fantastic Four comic book writer Tom DeFalco, who got in trouble for penning a scene in issue #396 of the series that featured Ant-Man watching and lambasting an episode of the cartoon.
In the two-part premiere “The Origin of the Fantastic Four”, Puppet Master took control of the Thing and used him to capture Invisible Woman. Mister Fantastic freed the Thing from his control and defeated the Puppet Master. Upon returning to his apartment to reclaim his final doll, he ended up in a fight with Alicia Masters, and then he apparently fell to his death from the apartment window. The Fantastic Four weren’t able to find his body and claimed that he “vanished from Earth.”
In “The Silver Surfer & the Coming of Galactus”, the Silver Surfer, Firelord, and Terrax fight the Fantastic Four while Galactus attempts to feed on Earth. By season 2 however, all but the presence of Silver Surfer in that battle is ignored as Terrax is seen again and referred to as being the replacement for the Silver Surfer. In the episode “When Calls Galactus”, Terrax is killed/turned into a worm and Nova (Frankie Raye) becomes the new herald of Galatcus.
In the three-part special episode, “Mask of Doom”, Doctor Doom captures the Fantastic Four and forces Mister Fantastic, Human Torch, and the Thing to go back in time and obtain an object for him. In the aforementioned episode “Silver Surfer and the Return of Galactus”, Doom steals the Silver Surfer’s powers and tries to steal Galactus’ powers, only to be thwarted by the planet devourer himself.
Both the Fantastic Four and Iron Man series were radically retooled for its second and final season, sporting brand-new opening sequences, improved animation and more mature writing hough noticeably having fewer introductions by Stan Lee, with several of the new shorter intros being used more than once. Not only that, Four Freedoms Plaza replaced the Baxter Building as the Fantastic Four’s home base in season 2. The season 2 episodes also drew upon John Byrne’s 1980s run on the Fantastic Four comic in addition to further Lee and Kirby adventures.
In the second season’s premiere episode “And a Blind Man Shall Lead Them” (guest starring Daredevil), Doctor Doom strikes at a now fully powerless Fantastic Four and has his hand crushed by the Thing. Doom next appears in “Nightmare in Green”, where he directs Hulk to attack the team.
Wizard appears in the episode “And the Wind Cries Medusa” (Part One of the three-part Inhumans Saga). In his debut appearance, he assembles Medusa, Hydro-Man, and Trapster to form the Frightful Four. On a related note, this episode aired one week from Hydro-Man’s debut appearance in Spider-Man. Wizard also used a device to control the Thing. Meanwhile, Crystal, along with the other Inhumans Black Bolt, Gorgon, Karnak, and Lockjaw, also make their debut in the three-part “Inhumans Saga” episode. After escaping the Negative Barrier, Crystal goes on to become the girlfriend of the Human Torch. Seeker appears in the episode “Inhumans Saga: Beware the Hidden Land”. He is sent by Maximus the Mad to retrieve the Inhuman Royal Family. After saving the Fantastic Four from the explosion, Seeker briefly shares the history of the Inhumans to them.
Susan Richards as Malice appears in the episode “Worlds Within Worlds”. Malice’s appearance is the result of Psycho-Man using his empathic abilities to make Susan turn against her Fantastic Four teammates. Eventually, Susan is freed of Psycho-Man’s influence and defeats him.
The Black Panther appears in the “Prey of the Black Panther”. He lures the Fantastic Four to Wakanda to see if they are worthy enough to help fight Klaw. As in the comics, Klaw’s history of killing T’Chaka is included as well as T’Challa using Klaw’s own weapon on his right hand.
In “To Battle the Living Planet,” the Fantastic Four ask Galactus’ help in confronting Ego the Living Planet. Thor meanwhile guest stars in two episodes. In “To Battle the Living Planet,” the Fantastic Four help him fight Ego the Living Planet even when they enlist Galactus’ help. In “When Calls Galactus,” he and Ghost Rider (he uses the penance stare, so it is more likely it is the Daniel Ketch version instead of the Johnny Blaze version) both help the Fantastic Four fight Galactus. Also in “When Calls Galactus”, Nova volunteers to replace the treacherous Terrax as Galactus’ herald. As in the comics, Frankie Raye ends up getting her powers when she is accidentally doused in the chemicals that gave the android Human Torch his powers.
Franklin Storm appears in the episode “Behold, A Distant Star”. Just like in the comics, Franklin Storm lost his wife in an accident, and an altercation with a loan shark led to an accidental murder. When Invisible Woman has shrapnel in the lower part of her brain after a recent Skrull attack (Lyja is shown as a commander to the Skrull army), he has to come out of hiding to perform the surgery. He turns himself over to the arriving police. After being freed from his volcanic prison, Super-Skrull replaces him in prison and takes on the guise of the Invincible Man, who breaks out of prison, goes on a rampage on the city, and runs afoul of the Fantastic Four. They soon realize that Franklin Storm is Super-Skrull in disguise. Warlord Morrat has a concussive energy beam projector attached to Dr. Storm’s chest. The projector is set to go off the moment he sees the Fantastic Four. When Storm appears, he warns the Fantastic Four to stay away and rolls over on the floor, taking the full force of the deadly concussive blast.
In “Hopelessly Impossible”, Lockjaw helps the Human Torch get the Impossible Man to The Great Refuge and away from the Super-Skrull.
In what turned out to be the series finale, “Doomsday”, Doctor Doom acquires the almighty Power Cosmic. He once again tries to go after Galactus, only to hit the barrier that prevents the Silver Surfer from leaving Earth.
Fantastic Four World’s Greatest Heroes
World’s Greatest Heroes is not directly connected to any of the previous iterations of the Fantastic Four, telling its own version of the team’s origin and their encounters with their rogues gallery. Unlike its 1994 predecessor, which consisted almost entirely of straight or modified reinterpretations of classic Fantastic Four comic book stories, World’s Greatest Heroes features mostly original stories, though elements from various comic iterations of the Fantastic Four were used in the series.
Standard Blu-ray player: This has the highest playback of all options. I recommend this option if available to you – please make sure your Blu-ray player is fully updated for the best playback experience.
PlayStation 3: I have tested my sets on my PS3, I have a generation 1 FAT model with a firmware of 4.43 and it plays fine. Remember that playback of PS3 is determined by the version of the system and the update you’re on.
PlayStation 4: This has the highest playback of the PlayStation systems. Quality of playback is determined by the version of the system and the update you are currently on. Make sure your system is fully updated for the best playback.
Xbox One: Based on customers reports Xbox has the lowest playback of all game systems. There are some ways to improve playback by updating the system and making sure the Blu-ray app in the system has the newest update. Playback is determined by the version of the system and the update you’re on.
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