We all know by now that it most certainly appears that one of the founding members of the Fantastic Four is dying at the end of Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting’s “Three,” the currently unfolding story arc wrapping up in this month’s Fantastic Four #587. Some, such as Bleeding Cool’s Rich Johnston, have speculated that it’s the Thing. Yet, there he is, right in the mix with Spider-Man, Wolverine, Luke Cage and the rest of the gang in the New Avengers #9 preview, released today:
The comic ships on Feb. 9, two weeks after Fantastic Four #587.
Is it meaningful? Well, maybe, maybe not. It’s always possible that this story takes place before “Three,” which could be easily cleared up with an editor’s note box. But, with the Thing currently the longest-shot in the betting odds for who kicks the bucket in “Three,” this certainly appears to make it even more unlikely. We’ll know for sure in a couple of weeks.