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    I take responsibility. In a thread on the welcome and long-awaited Sue Storm Invisible Woman solo mini, I suggested Sue might have hit 40. As tangents go, it was pretty good. But my idea is that we can discuss who's how old due to aging, time dilation, spending years in other dimensions, etc. I'm going to throw out my idea and then the rest of you can follow or agree with my incredibly in depth and intelligent analysis.

    I do have no respect foir the blanket "Franklin affects their ages" thing. If there's some sort of canon that suggests he's doing it (and not just an inconstancy with other series, feel free.

    We need to first ascertain how long the FF have had their powers. We did have a story recently where Ben had a bar mitzvah indicating it had been 13 years since the flight. Now with the 8 months for Secret Warsing and other stuff, I'd put a 15 year timeframe on that.

    I'd also put Johnny at 16 (maybe 15) for the flight. 16 seems pretty dumb enough so 15 really isn't that much worse. Reed and Ben originally look like they were pushing 40. They appear to be the same age, starting college together along with Doom. Originally they had fought in WW2 which would have made them at least mid 30s by the flight in 1960/61. Sue was old enough to have been Johnny's guardian and this is where I have the most questions. How old was she so that she would have been a helpful passenger and so as to make Reed not be a total pervert.

    Now Reed and Ben being 35-40 at the flight isn't crazy. The team has had enough experiences with aging/de-aging as well as Hickman's introduced immortality for Ben in Thing form. So how many years have passed for them?

    15 years from the flight to present day Marvel. Add five years for Reed, Sue, and the kids (God knows what the rest of the Future Foundation is going to come out as) and we have:

    Reed: 55 (35 + 20)
    Sue: 43 (23 + 20)
    Ben: 50 (35 + 15)
    Johnny 31 (16 + 15)

    Franklin at 15 (10 + 5)
    Valeria at 10 (5 + 5) seem good to me.

    Doom's chronologically 50, but with all of his time travel and stuff, I don't think we can put an actual age on his body. Not to mention with the comic book science, we really don't have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptCleghorn View Post
    So, am I brilliant, or full of crap? It's all up to you. Personal, I do tend to lean towards brilliant. Just ask me.
    I think you have put way more thought into this then Marvel's writers and editors would ever like to. Except of course for writers who at the start of the run, based on where continuity and chronology is at across the line make those calculations for themselves and then go about it and avoid mentioning it much.

    My personal feeling is that the sliding time scale goes up and down, left-right, and all kinds of different angles. So maybe currently Reed and Sue were older when they made the space-flight, the "eight-month time gap" Post-SW will be phased into smaller and smaller gaps and not be referred to later on and so forth.

    Since Johnny Storm and Spider-Man are mentally and generationally close, and Peter Parker is currently mandate to be mid-20s, Johnny would be late-20s, or 30 but not older than that. Johnny should be older than Peter a little bit, but not too old.

    Susan Storm is Johnny's big sister, but it used to be she would be older than him by a small gap, but now she's much older than him. And I'd say 40 sounds about right. If Valeria and Franklin are older. You don't want the age-gap between her and Reed to be what it once was since that won't fly, and Matt Fraction apparently retconned their ages when they first met since Susan having a crush on Reed as a teenager and Reed meeting her then as a grown man wouldn't fly today. Not in the Disney era.

    Ben Grimm is Reed's age. So he's as old as Reed is, as old as Victor von Doom is. Although I do think Victor von Doom shouldn't be too old when he takes over Latveria, and Books of Doom shows the Fantastic Four fully formed when he does that and shows Doom doing that in his early 30s or so.

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    None of their ages really make sense anymore. Trying to fit the ages properly somehow into Marvel chronology would be like banging your head against a wall. For me, I can only go by their most ideal ages character-wise and according to my own headcanon. Reed, Doom and Ben are mid to late 40s, Sue is mid to late 30s, and Johnny is late 20s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptCleghorn View Post
    I take responsibility. In a thread on the welcome and long-awaited Sue Storm Invisible Woman solo mini, I suggested Sue might have hit 40. As tangents go, it was pretty good. But my idea is that we can discuss who's how old due to aging, time dilation, spending years in other dimensions, etc. I'm going to throw out my idea and then the rest of you can follow or agree with my incredibly in depth and intelligent analysis.

    I do have no respect foir the blanket "Franklin affects their ages" thing. If there's some sort of canon that suggests he's doing it (and not just an inconstancy with other series, feel free.

    We need to first ascertain how long the FF have had their powers. We did have a story recently where Ben had a bar mitzvah indicating it had been 13 years since the flight. Now with the 8 months for Secret Warsing and other stuff, I'd put a 15 year timeframe on that.

    I'd also put Johnny at 16 (maybe 15) for the flight. 16 seems pretty dumb enough so 15 really isn't that much worse. Reed and Ben originally look like they were pushing 40. They appear to be the same age, starting college together along with Doom. Originally they had fought in WW2 which would have made them at least mid 30s by the flight in 1960/61. Sue was old enough to have been Johnny's guardian and this is where I have the most questions. How old was she so that she would have been a helpful passenger and so as to make Reed not be a total pervert.

    Now Reed and Ben being 35-40 at the flight isn't crazy. The team has had enough experiences with aging/de-aging as well as Hickman's introduced immortality for Ben in Thing form. So how many years have passed for them?

    15 years from the flight to present day Marvel. Add five years for Reed, Sue, and the kids (God knows what the rest of the Future Foundation is going to come out as) and we have:

    Reed: 55 (35 + 20)
    Sue: 43 (23 + 20)
    Ben: 50 (35 + 15)
    Johnny 31 (16 + 15)

    Franklin at 15 (10 + 5)
    Valeria at 10 (5 + 5) seem good to me.

    Doom's chronologically 50, but with all of his time travel and stuff, I don't think we can put an actual age on his body. Not to mention with the comic book science, we really don't have to.

    So, am I brilliant, or full of crap? It's all up to you. Personal, I do tend to lean towards brilliant. Just ask me.
    I agree with most of this but I think 55 might be too old for Reed and Ben. I'd drop it down to mid to late 40s. Doom is kind of a wild card. He could have been slightly older since he was going around Latveria as a sort of revolutionary/guerilla fighter with his tribe. But then later on his body is completely destroyed when he's caught in the middle of a battle between Terrax and the Silver Surfer. The Beyonder restores his body in FF#288 so that could have altered his physical makeup. It certainly leaves an opening for a writer to do something with that...maybe the reconstitution of all of his scattered atoms slows down the aging process or something along those lines.

    And then there's all the time travel as you mentioned. IIRC in the lead up to Secret Wars he spent 20 years time traveling to kill the many versions of the Molecule Man. But if one spends 20 years in the past, does one come back aged 20 years or the age at which you left your spot in time?

    In Grant Morrison's mini series Fantastic Four 1234, Doom tells Ben that he developed a process that freezes time. Now that story is not canon but I can see Doom experimenting along those lines with this time machine.

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    The real question is how old is Lumpkin?
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    Hank Pym was 7 in 1988 in Age of Ultron 10A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoop Dogg View Post
    The real question is how old is Lumpkin?
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    Sue was 12 years old when she met Reed during his freshmen year of college alongside Ben Grimm. We can assume Sue is 7-9 years younger than Reed. They didnt go into space till Ben Grimm was a certified astronaut pilot, and the average age of a pilot is 26-46 with the average being 34. We know Johnny Storm and Peter Parker are close in age and Peter Parker has canonically been Spider-Man since he was 15 years old. If we take Ben Grimm's age and say he was a prodigy pilot at 26-30 and take into account The Spider-Man Spiderverse movie says Peter Parker is 37 and the main universe version: Ben Grimm & Reed are 48-52, Sue Storm is 41-43, Johnny is 37 or slightly more. I do feel a lot of this is irrelevant because aging isn't the same for people with genetics similar to rocks and rubber.
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    I think you’re right, although Val looks a bit older than 10 but maybe she’s just fast.

    Btw since Franklin is 15 does that mean all of Marvels events happened in a course of 15-16 years?

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    Yes it does. In fact, it's only supposed to be 13-14 years.

    And I think both Frank and Val have had their pre-Secret Wars ages retconned. They aged up five years, but their last given ages were 8 and 3. Now both are referred to as teenagers, which would make Val the 8 year old before the multiverse tour. Their age gap has been changed so that Valeria is now only a year or two younger than Franklin. 13 and 15?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackolover View Post
    Hank Pym was 7 in 1988 in Age of Ultron 10A.
    yes. and it still doesn't add up. because, by Jan's account, he was nearly 2 decades older than herself. and Scott Lang (34 or 35 by his own account) stated himself to be younger than both Tony Stark and Hank Pym. Hank could physically be younger due to being remade by Franklin with the rest of the Avengers. it was just Waid being Waid. personally, i think Sue is in her early 30s. Reed and Ben are probably in the 38-40 range. and Johnny's around the same age as Peter Parker.
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    IIRC, Johnny Storm, Peter Parker, Jean Grey, Scott Summers, & Warren Worthington were supposed to be the same age, and same scholastic level during the Silver Age. Bobby Drake was younger, and Hank McCoy was older. I always assumed that Sue may have been a 2-3 years older than Hank McCoy.

    A part of me thinks that Sue is in the same age bracket as T'Challa, McCoy, Sam Wilson, Simon Williams, & Clint Barton. Tony Stark being older than them, but not by much.

    Reed, Ben, and Hank Pym are the elder statesmen who should be about the same age (forever 40-ish), with Tony Stark being slightly younger (forever 35-ish).

    Franklin should be about 8 years younger than Kitty Pryde. If Kitty is around 20, then Franklin should be around 12.

    I gave up on trying to figure out Val's age after the Mark Millar FF run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digifiend View Post
    Yes it does. In fact, it's only supposed to be 13-14 years.

    And I think both Frank and Val have had their pre-Secret Wars ages retconned. They aged up five years, but their last given ages were 8 and 3. Now both are referred to as teenagers, which would make Val the 8 year old before the multiverse tour. Their age gap has been changed so that Valeria is now only a year or two younger than Franklin. 13 and 15?
    Franklin and Val's ages of 8 and 3 were before both the Fraction run year in alternate dimensions and the eight months pre Secret Wars. The 10 and 5 I use fit well into canon and continuity. The FF have been time messing considerably themselves.

    The 13 year timeframe was specifically mentioned at Ben's Bar Mitzvah. A 15 year period for the FF's ages (if not the actual pagge ofMmarvel time - see Fraction again).
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    We don't need to know them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Shaw View Post
    IIRC, Johnny Storm, Peter Parker, Jean Grey, Scott Summers, & Warren Worthington were supposed to be the same age, and same scholastic level during the Silver Age. Bobby Drake was younger, and Hank McCoy was older.
    In Amazing Spider-Man #3, Johnny Storm comes and gives a speech at Peter's high school. So he was shown a little older than Peter, but not by much. Johnny was the freshman or sophomore college to Peter's high school senior or at least one-year from last.

    The X-Men used to be Peter's age but as time passed, Jean and Scott and others were allowed to age and grow up, and they are now far older than Peter and Johnny. By some ten years at least. Emma Frost is a bizarre case, in that she was once way older than Scott and Jean but has been de-aged to be the same age, maybe a year or two older.

    Kurt Busiek told me online once here that Iron Man was originally 40 year old but has been de-aged into his mid-to-late 30s. In the MCU, Tony is definitely in his 40s in the first movie and is now in his early 50s by the time of Endgame.

    The Marvel Shared Universe is essentially a giant card trick since its obvious that when you break down the individual corners, time passes at a different pace and different rate across titles. The X-Men is a corner where characters do age and grow. But it's not the case with the others.

    Wolverine and Thor being immortals are less affected by all this.

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