What are the ages of the characters?

#1 Posted by soduh2 (879 posts) - - Show Bio

Fantastic Four 605 says that Reed was born in 1961 (mythology gag) and Sue was born in the 60s as well. (look closely behind Franklin's back, it looks like part of a six is covered). How old would you say every one else is?

Another hint came from Incredible Hulk 611 (2010) where it had a young banner from "30 years ago" looking around 4 to 6 years old but never actually stated his age.

#2 Posted by moywar700 (2775 posts) - - Show Bio

reed is in his 40's i think

sue is in her late 20's

johnny is in is mid 20's

thing is...idk

#3 Edited by soduh2 (879 posts) - - Show Bio

@moywar700: Have you read Fantastic Four 605?

http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album.php?aid=46044

The cover says he was born in 1961 and (if it wasn't for his time travelling father's intervention) he would have died in 2012 where the issues currently take place. Reed has to be 51 years old. Sue was born in the 60s as well based on the cover (and is younger than Reed) so presuming she was born in 1969 (at the latest) she is 43. Johnny is about the same age as Peter Parker but that's all we can go by. Ben went to college with Reed so he's probably the same age.

#4 Posted by danhimself (21206 posts) - - Show Bio

Marvel and DC have a sliding timeline so the characters are however old the writers need them to be

#5 Posted by soduh2 (879 posts) - - Show Bio

@danhimself: Marvel gave the character who came up with the sliding timeline a birth year; meaning they have some idea (for the time being) of the character's age. Have there been any other hints? Or was it a one time thing?

Or if you can estimate that's cool too.

#6 Posted by moywar700 (2775 posts) - - Show Bio

@soduh2 said:

@moywar700: Have you read Fantastic Four 605?

http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album.php?aid=46044

The cover says he was born in 1961 and (if it wasn't for his time travelling father's intervention) he would have died in 2012 where the issues currently take place. Reed has to be 51 years old. Sue was born in the 60s as well based on the cover (and is younger than Reed) so presuming she was born in 1969 (at the latest) she is 43. Johnny is about the same age as Peter Parker but that's all we can go by. Ben went to college with Reed so he's probably the same age.

comic covers are cannon.

#7 Posted by soduh2 (879 posts) - - Show Bio

@moywar700: You mean aren't canon? Or are you agreeing with me?

#8 Posted by danhimself (21206 posts) - - Show Bio

@soduh2 said:

@danhimself: Marvel gave the character who came up with the sliding timeline a birth year; meaning they have some idea (for the time being) of the character's age. Have there been any other hints? Or was it a one time thing?

Or if you can estimate that's cool too.

that cover was just a cover the only reason that it had the year 1961 on the tombstones was because that's the year the first issue of Fantastic Four came out...not when Reed was born

#9 Edited by soduh2 (879 posts) - - Show Bio

@danhimself: I agree that it's a reference (or specifically a mythology gag) to when the FF came out, but I think it's also supposed to be looked at as a hint to his age. A healthy 51 year old doesn't seem too far fetched for Reed.

EDIT: Not to mention I think the cover was supposed to be "serious" rather than artistic or surreal..

#10 Posted by Saren (25873 posts) - - Show Bio

Reed being 51 years old seems sensible. So does Sue being 43, she has two children after all.

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#11 Posted by TDK_1997 (15421 posts) - - Show Bio

@CitizenBane said:

Reed being 51 years old seems sensible. So does Sue being 43, she has two children after all.

#12 Edited by soduh2 (879 posts) - - Show Bio

What's interesting about the Marvel Universe is that, like the DC universe, time does pass and then it sticks at a certain point for a few years. Peter in the civil war saying "he's been spider-man since he was 15 years old", since then he's been to college, became a teacher, and technically been married. Although they don't age in real time they still age.

In DC the Robins demonstrate this as well.

#13 Posted by FuriousWeasel (96 posts) - - Show Bio

I think the teen characters that originated in the 1960's (Spider-Man, Iceman etc) are now in there early to mid 30's so in continuity roughly fifteen years has passed.

#14 Posted by Madame_Mist (1325 posts) - - Show Bio

They wouldn't be that all. Their ages have been stagnant for a good 10 years I think.

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