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Team leader Reed was the scientist who was always busy in his lab. Team powerhouse Ben Grimm was lonely and depressed over his physical appearance and Johnny Storm acted like an the quintessential rebellious teenager - irresponsible and reckless. In the light of these patterns of behaviour Sue was often presented as a female voice of reason and one that sought to more closely knit the team together.

In one variation or another she had continued to maintain this same relationship throughout her many years of publication history with the team with some periods with notable exceptions. As Sue was a character that represented a step forward from the golden age of comics to the silver age, the depiction of the character still remained a changing one as the depiction of women gradually changed in comics. In the late golden age publishers in general had difficulty maintaining interest in superhero themed titles as even such stalwart characters in the industry such as Superman and Batman had difficulties maintaining consistent sales.

As this applied to female characters is that they were either outright ignored or that they were given a romantic role in comics this being the case with Lois Lane and Wonder Woman. At the time in comics one of the more consistent mediums was that of the romance comic which was ostensibly aimed towards women and for instance one of Marvel's longest running characters was Millie the Model , a rare case of a golden age success story for the company.

Although the silver age represented a break from this past, female characters still carried the legacy of this depiction of women forward. At DC Comics this was maintained through most male heroes having a female love interest who was essentially there to serve in the damsel-in-distress role such roles were played by for instance - Iris Allen , Carol Ferris , Lana Lang and Lois Lane. As an industry standard thus Sue's early appearances had this as a consistent attribute among them.

Thus for instance although Sue's powers would later come to be considered quite powerful her powers mainly turning only herself invisible were almost useless on the battlefield and she was frequently portrayed as the helpless female constantly in need of rescue. While this remained a characteristic of her portrayal it became less and less of a defining attribute of the stories in which she was involved even if this tendency to be portrayed as hapless still showed up periodically.

FF gave us another storyline that seems to have been loosely based upon a Hollywood film. Here a giant yellow ape named Gorr seized Sue and took her to the top of the Baxter Building. While these appear to be the only hostage roles for Sue during the Bronze Age, several issues certainly qualify as an example of victim roles, especially in regards to her relationship with Mr. The prime example of this would be FF Here Sue's husband was under the control of the Overmind.

However, things got much worse in FF There not only did Mr. Fantastic attack her, but he tried to kill Sue and he almost succeeded in choking her to death. Then you had FF where Reed Richards slapped his wife for the first time. Lest we forget, the cliffhanger ending to FF had Sue facing grave danger from the Monster in the streets. Yet when the Torch went to Reed to plead for him to save Sue, he is shown as hesitating and he cannot decide whether to sacrifice the life of his friend, Ben Grimm, or that of his wife, Sue Storm Richards.

Finally, there was the marital separation which lasted from the end of FF to the end of FF It should be pointed out that the Frightful Four made a hostage of Sue two more times in later years:. On a more positive note, her common sense was often of great use to the team. After having her invisibility power for just a few adventures her powers developed even further and she discovered that she could turn other objects invisible as well. Next she discovered she had the power to generate invisible force fields which she used almost exclusively for defensive purposes until she later thought of other offensive and transportation uses for them.

Before leaving the Silver Age era, special mention should be made of perhaps the most dramatic story for Susan during the early years. FF 32 showed her father, Dr. Franklin Storm, sacrificing his life to save the lives of Susan and her teammates. A tearful Sue and her brother, Johnny Storm, were by his bedside when he died. The changing attitude of society at large meant that Sue gradually became less and less of a passive, motherly character and became more assertive.

The greatest changes in this regard were made during John Byrne's run on Fantastic Four starting in During this period, Sue suffered a miscarriage and changed her codename to the more mature 'Invisible Woman' from Invisible Girl. Her powers also became more varied and versatile in combat. Possibly the most dramatic storyline of the Bronze Age was FF Reed and Sue were having major marital problems.

Sue had left Reed and the FF at the close of issue Her feelings of estrangement from Reed were only reinforced when Reed's gun put Franklin into a coma-like state at the end of FF Namor faked what looked like a real effort to win Sue away from Reed, in an attempt to actually anger Reed and save Sue's marriage. This did cause a big fight between Reed and Namor and forced Sue to eventually choose a reconciliation with Reed.

It took a few more issues for Sue to return to the team and for Medusa to leave, but FF stands out as a real key issue in the annals of FF history. The fan urged the FF Bullpen to kill Sue off! The editorial staff even implied that a few other fans had also called for Sue's demise, though apparently more called for Reed and Sue to divorce.

The FF Bullpen conceded that they needed to find a way to make Sue think again. Sue gradually became suspicious of this fake Reed and at the end of FF they had a confrontation and he transformed from Reed into The Brute. Sue's force field was no match for the strength of the Brute, however. After a series of blows, one final hit finished the force field and knocked the Invisible Girl unconscious. Then in the possibly the scariest Sue Storm cliffhanger ending ever, the Brute threw her out of a Baxter Building window then she plummeted stories. The Bronze Age issues that defined her character's heroic nature and redefined her power levels were:.

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Sue has continued to grow and develop as a character, becoming a central figure in the Marvel Universe alongside Reed Richards. Sue even became team leader of the Fantastic Four in Reed's absence, when it looked like Dr. Doom and Reed had both been vaporized. There seems little doubt but what Sue's character has changed more from the Silver Age to the Modern Age than any other character in the Marvel Universe.

After the marriage of Sue and Reed, in the third annual of the series, their relationship signified a break from the traditional depiction of comic book marriages. Generally marriage in comics had represented that the hero would have to go into semi-retirement, however in the case of Reed and Sue it made them all the more dedicated to their team. Thus in terms of a comic relationship theirs has been remarkable consistent over the course of their publication history, the few bumps being created for some dramatic stunts to elicit interest in the series more so than to signify a parting of ways.

Despite being married Sue is nonetheless the constant source of affection of a number of other characters in the Marvel Universe, chiefly among them Namor this despite the fact that Namor was for a time one of Reed's closest friends and advisers. This role as romantic interest of other characters ties back into her root to the damsel-in-distress role which she played in her earliest appearances. In some cases in alternate realities these romantic roles notably with Namor have been expanded upon. The Sub-Mariner has, in the past, kidnapped Sue many times.

He would take her to his sea kingdom. Sometimes, he would challenge Reed to a fight and the winner would have the Invisible Woman. Most of the times she was kidnapped, Mr. Fantastic got mad, since he always loved Sue since the very first issue actually and would even threat to kill Namor, but Johnny and Ben would calm him down and help Reed rescue the woman he always loved. In terms of story arcs, the early Fantastic Four issues were marred by the same problems across the remainder of early silver age series, namely that stories were generally aimed at being self-contained within a single issue so there were generally no overlapping stories and the stories focused more on the action and adventure and not so much on the characters.

As with many characters thus the early years of the Fantastic Four contained characters that were far more one-dimensional than there modern counterparts. It should be pointed out that the development of certain characters such as Sue Storm over the years greatly helped to break this trend and to focus more on who the characters are as opposed to only focusing on what they do. This became increasingly less the case throughout the silver age. Thus as the earliest examples of the series attest to, there were not exactly story arcs within the series nor as they pertained to the character.

Rather there were recurring themes both for the characters individually and the team as a whole which underlay individual issues and stories.

Shortly after the Fantastic Four first assembled, the derelict Prince of Atlantis, Namor regained his memories after a chance encounter with the Human Torch. Johnny recognized the homeless man as Namor and dropped him into a body of water where Namor regained his memories and remembered who he was.

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Namor immediately returned to Atlantis and found it destroyed. Believing the surface-dwellers were the cause of Atlantis' destruction he went on a rampage. He stopped only when he saw Susan and marveled at how lovely she was. This created an attraction between the two, which ended up causing Susan to have to make a difficult decision. She had to decide whether she wanted to marry Reed or attempt to have a life with Namor. This made her very distraught, but in the end she chose to marry Reed, wanting to be a wife more than a Queen.

Even though she had rejected him, Namor has harbored a love and strong attraction for the lovely surface-dweller ever since. Since then Susan has always viewed Namor as a close friend, although she too holds an attraction for him. Sue and Reed's wedding was not without event though as several villains hired by Dr Doom take the opportunity to attack them.

Shortly, after marrying Reed, Sue became pregnant with Franklin and took a maternity leave from the team, where Crystal , the then Inhuman girlfriend of the Human Torch , took Sue's place. Sue's pregnancy was riddled with difficulty from the beginning. Due to her exposure to cosmic rays, Sue's body was unable to handle the pregnancy properly which put the lives of both mother and child in danger.

After a long and strenuous battle against the ruler of the Negative Zone , the Fantastic Four made it back to earth where they used the Cosmic Control Rod to facilitate Sue giving birth. Sue's and Reed's son was born and was named after Sue's father, who had saved both her life and the team's life on two separate occasions in their superhero career.

In Reed's memory, their first child was named Franklin Benjamin Richards. Franklin also manifested strong powers at an early age. Annihilus returned and captured Franklin, wanting to amplify his powers and use them for his own ends. Reed had to restrain Franklin's superhuman abilities, fearing that his son's awesome powers might cause mass destruction. Reed shut down Franklin's mind which infuriated Sue. Feeling that Reed didn't view her as his equal, she took Franklin and left him. Sue was on a second hiatus because of this, and Medusa took her place on the team.

Sue soon returned after Namor helped the team with a plan to reconcile Reed and Sue. The Atlantean Ruler only wanted Sue's happiness because of his love for her. The plan worked and Sue came back to the team, and back to Reed. Sue and Reed went to The Negative Zone for a holiday and while there conceived another child. Sue then convinced Reed to move to Connecticut and they both used a second last name, the Benjamins. Sue's second pregnancy was even more difficult than the first.

It was soon discovered that her blood cells were giving off a radiation that was greatly weakening both mother and child. Admitting that he did not know enough about the field to save his wife and daughter, Reed sought the help of some of the best minds and doctors in the world, including Morbius and Bruce Banner. When none could help Sue, Reed swallowed his pride and asked for help from Doctor Octopus due to his exceptional research in the field.

Alas, it was not meant to be, Sue eventually lost the child causing a great emotional strain on her. Because of Sue's loss, and her easily susceptible emotions, Psycho-Man decided to take advantage of the situation. He amplified her negative emotions which resulted in her transformation into Malice, The Mistress of Hate.

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She turned on the FF and almost single-handedly defeated the team. But Reed theorized that if he could get Susan to feel true hatred for a few seconds, it would alert her to what was really going on. Putting the plan into motion, Reed managed to use Sue's true emotions to snap her back to reality, where Susan immediately realized someone had tampered with her emotions. Sue was freed for a time, but that would not be her last encounter with the Psycho-Man. It should be noted here that after goading Sue for a moment or two, Reed resorted to violence. He gave Sue Storm a brutal slap across the face!

Whether or not Reed's slap of his wife was justified, under the extreme circumstances given, is up to each person to decide on their own. For the record, this was not the first time that Reed had hit Sue. He also slapped her in FF , though the panel there was a very small one and did not stand out as much as the slap in FF It would seem that while Reed's goading was important, it was his stinging slap that finally broke Psycho-Man's hold on the emotionally captive Invisible Girl. Sue poured her heart out to Reed and the rest of the team about the violation of her emotions and how none of them understood how she felt.

The team then decided to postpone their search for the Beyonder who had recently come back to Earth to help Sue deal with the mental strain and violation she suffered at the hands of her enemy. After traveling to the micro-world that Psycho-Man hailed from, the team was ambushed by the Psycho-Man. He put Sue's mind through one nightmare after another.

First he showed her a scene where her brother, Johnny Storm, died in her arms. Then he showed her Ben dying in a lake of acid. Next came an unreal scene where Reed chastized her for being too slow to save Ben and Johnny, only to then have Reed be smashed to death by giant spikes. Last, but not least, Psycho-Man even showed Sue her parents as skeletons speaking to her. Finally, when Sue was on the brink of a complete emotional breakdown, Reed saw a crack in his prison and he squeezed himself through the crack and saved his wife. In Fantastic Four they eventually broke free of Psycho-Man and Sue did the unthinkable, she used Psycho-Man's own machine against him.

After that last confrontation with Psycho-Man, and feeling that she had been forced to mature and let go of the pains of her past, Sue changed her codename from the Invisible Girl to the Invisible Woman. At the same time she was learning the full extent of her powers. She realized she could create actual objects from the force-fields she manipulated to create her protective shield. From that point on, Sue would only become more powerful with her abilities.

Sue left the FF once again to take care of Franklin. Both Sue and Reed worked with the Avengers for a while, rescuing Franklin from the demonic invasion of Inferno. During the Infinity War , Magus , the evil persona of Adam Warlock , created an army of evil copies of Earth's heroes.

The evil Reed Richards detonated a gamma bomb at the Fantastic Four's Baxter Building to attack a gathering of the real heroes of Earth. The Fantastic Four joined in with the Infinity War and Sue again encounters her own dark side, Malice, who was sent from the Dimension of Manifestations and controlled by Magus. Sue defeated and absorbed Malice, but this persona gradually asserted itself more and more in her mind. She was losing control over herself when her son Franklin intervened. Franklin had been sent to the Elsewhen dimension by Reed's father Nathaniel and returned to the present, already aged into a teenager and calling himself Psi-Lord.

Psi-Lord absorbed Malice's life from Sue and returned to the future. When Reed was apparently killed battling Dr Doom, Ant-Man took his place, appointed by Sue as the team's new scientist. Sue finally found Reed, displaced in time by Hyperstorm , but he found himself unsettled by Sue's new confidence and her capable handling of her role as team leader and began to doubt himself. After Professor X wiped Magneto 's mind for removing the adamantium from Wolverine 's body, a massively powerful physical manifestation of Professor X's dark side and Magneto's consciousness called Onslaught appeared and battled the world's heroes.

The Fantastic Four and many other heroes sacrificed their lives to help defeat him, but Franklin had created another universe called the Counter-Earth and sent them there to save them. In this alternate world, the Fantastic Four started their lives over again, along with the Avengers. The FF returned to their original universe and met Valeria von Doom who claimed to be Doctor Doom 's daughter from the future, with Sue being her mother.

Valeria was the key to defeating Abraxas, whom Reed then banished, but an unexpected consequence of his defeat was that Valeria was drastically de-aged and returned to pre-birth in Sue's womb. The team then learned that Franklin had sent his sister the second child whom everyone thought Sue had lost at childbirth to "someplace else" in order to save her from the fate that awaited her at birth. Sue once again suffered from an extremely difficult pregnancy, her cells giving off radiation which greatly weakened her.

To make matters worse, Sue went into labor during a period of rampant hysteria against the Inhumans who had returned to Earth and came to the Baxter Building. The building was infiltrated and Sue was forced to help protect her friends while also dealing with the immense stress and pain of going into labor. In an effort to his save his sister's life, Johnny Storm sought out the help of the only other super-genius they knew since Reed was being helped captive by the Hidden Ones at this time.

After some convincing, Dr Doom agreed to help in exchange for the right to name the child. Sue was reluctant but eventually accepted knowing her and her daughter's life was in danger. Using magic and science Doom helped Sue give birth to a baby girl. Doom named her Valeria, after his first love. However, secretly Doom cast a spell on Valeria at birth, making her his magical familiar, and he carried out a devastating attack against the team.

During the encounter, Franklin was kidnapped by demons and Valeria kidnapped by Doom, which was obviously hard on Sue. To add to the injury, Doom captured the team and, using his magic, forced them to live painful versions of their teammates powers. Sue gained Johnny's powers. In time, Reed with the help of Doctor Strange , saved the team and they then saved Valeria and Franklin from Doom's grasp, vanquishing the supervillain in the process. Reed claimed Latveria in hopes of helping the Latverians become more independent and uncovering the truth about their former ruler.

He wanted to end the threat of Doom's weapons. The people of Latveria eventually warm up to the group, although Sue along with the rest of the team, are a bit unnerved with Reed's actions. Behind the scenes, Reed was secretly planning to travel alone to the dimension where Doom was trapped to make sure he never escaped.

Unfortunately the other Fantastic Four members came with him Doom, allowing Doom to escape by possessing Sue. Ben managed to break through Doom's control long enough to ask Reed to kill him and he does so. Afterwards Sue was distraught at this event and left Reed. Reed avoided criminal charges by giving most of his money and inventions away. Reed wanted to make things right and convinced Johnny and Sue to go to the Heaven where Grimm's soul had been sent and resurrected him.

As a gift for all the work they had done for humanity, they were blessed with meeting the "One Above All" during that trip into Heaven. Now the FF had a bad reputation and so briefly returned to living normal lives. Reed revealed that he wanted to become a working class citizen to see what if felt like to live a real life. Eventually though, they went back to being the Fantastic Four. Johnny took the job of being business manager for FF Inc. A group of aliens came to Earth, led by a man named Zius. They had developed a cloaking device which hid planets from Galactus, thus saving them from being eaten by the World Devourer.

At the same time they sought out anything or anyone who could disrupt the machine's functions which eventually led them to Earth, knowing that Sue's powers could be used reveal hidden things. Knowing that she would prove to be a liability, and that Galactus had caught onto their plan, they wanted to kill Sue, and threatened destroy Manhattan unless Sue was handed over to them. In desperation Reed created a machine which switched Sue's powers with Johnny's making it seem as if she had lost her powers.

In reality Johnny now had Sue's powers and she had Johnny's. Zius was pleased and believed the ruse, leaving Earth, thinking that they were safe. Galactus then came to Earth seeking Susan to become his herald but he realized she didn't have those powers anymore. Sensing them in Johnny, Galactus made Johnny became his herald and amplified his new abilities, giving him the power to see people's personalities down to their deepest core. Sue was forced to cope with her brother's powers and realized that controlling them was none too easy. She gained a new respect for him during her time with his powers.

At the same time the team worked desperately to get Johnny back. With Quasar's help, they travel to where Galactus was. Following a plan concocted by Johnny and Reed, they managed to get Johnny back but not without consequences. Thanks to Johnny's new powers, Galactus had been turned back into Galan, his original form, and he was brought back to Earth to be taught the ways of humans.

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Shortly afterwards, when Reed was ready to switch Sue and Johnny's powers back to the appropriate person, the machine went haywire and the entire team was forced to play musical chairs with their powers, chasing after their powers all over the city. Eventually they once again got their original powers back. Sue's views differed from Reeds, but she was willing to stand by her husband. However, Johnny and Sue are attacked when a rioting crowd outside a nightclub are furious that Johnny's superhero status gives him easy access to the club and superiority over normal humans.

The attack leaves Johnny in a coma. During one of the longer and most meaningful battles in the Civil War, against Captain America 's Secret Avengers, Sue as well as the other heroes see a clone of Thor join the battle. This "clone Thor", Ragnarok , kills Bill Foster and was ready to make quick work of the other heroes. Susan realized how deadly and corrupted the Pro-Registration side had become. Wanting to save her friends, Sue placed herself in between Ragnarok and the Secret Avengers while he performed one of his devastating lightning attacks, saving the life of Captain America and the other heroes.

She tells them all to leave. Reed tries desperately to explain to her that he had nothing to do with Ragnarok, but Sue tells him not to speak and leaves. Shortly afterward, Johnny is released from the hospital and both he and Sue go to join the Secret Avengers.

Before leaving, she leaves Reed a note to explain her actions and begs him to spend time with his children whom he's neglected since the start of the struggle. Towards the end of the Civil War, in the climactic battle, Sue decides to protect the innocent civilians while the other heroes fight. Taskmaster - one of the criminals hired by the pro-registrants to bring in the resistance - notices Sue and was ready to shoot her when Reed intervened and took a bullet for his wife.

In anger and disgust, Sue manipulates her field into an offensive weapon and flattens the Taskmaster for harming her husband. Later on, Sue accepts amnesty and helps in the reconstruction of the New York street where the battle took place. After receiving a letter from Reed, she returns home. At this time both Sue and Reed decide to pick up the pieces of their marriage. They take a break from the Fantastic Four.

Reed takes Sue to Titan, one of the moons of Saturn, as a means for them to have a honeymoon, since they never took one when they originally married. While there, Reed discovers a strange object and begins to examine it. Unfortunately he is unsure of it and he teleports back to Earth so other scientists can see and help him determine what it was. In doing so, however, he leaves Sue alone on the ship, where she is ambushed by the Frightful Four.

Sue fights them off for as long as she can, however she is overcome by the Wizard's new gun which emits a frequency wave that can pass through Sue's force field. Sue is immediately knocked unconscious by the Wizard's terrific new weapon. Wizard then calls Reed on the televiser and tells him, "I'm about to kill your wife!

Come and get me, if you can. The Wizard then places a power dampener on Sue, who is held prisoner on her own ship, in order to make her and everyone else recognize the Wizard as Reed's superior. Sue refuses to acknowledge him as such, and he attacks her now that she's subdued, slapping Sue brutally. Finally, Storm finds Sue and releases her from the special machine that neutralized Sue's powers. In revenge, Sue threatens the Wizard with creating a force field around his heart.

The Wizard, intimidated by the more powerful Sue, subsequently faints and the Frightful Four are then rocketed out into space on a smaller vessel. This Frightful Four saga is similar to her encounter with Psycho-Man. First, in each case Sue is held captive and put through an extreme ordeal.

The Psycho-Man tale was totally emotional torment, while this Frightful Four saga gives Sue both emotional and physical trauma. The second similarity is that in each case we see a side of Sue Storm never shown back in the Silver Age. We see a Sue Storm overcome by vengeance, at least to some degree. On a trip to Canada, Sue is ambushed by a Skrull taking Reed's likeness and then taken up to a spaceship.

Lyja Lazerfist then takes on Sue's form and infiltrates the Baxter Building, opening a portal that sends the top three floors of the building into the Negative Zone and trapping her there with Ben, Johnny, Franklin and Valeria. Meanwhile the Skrulls continue their plans to infiltrate Earth by disguising themselves as various heroes. During the closing events of this Secret Invasion , Iron Man goes up to space to help destroy the Skrull armada, only to find and commandeer a ship that housed all the kidnapped heroes. Sue is found among them. Upon reaching the ground she is reunited with Reed and they take notice of the Baxter Building, rushing to make sure Franklin and Valeria, as well as Johnny and Ben are fine.

Reed's old flame Alyssa Castle nee Moy comes back into his life and confides in him the secret of a " Nu World " being built by her and her husband Ted in order to house the Earth's population when the current world ends. A robot known as C. The heroes unite to try to defeat the machine, but Sue and the others are beaten. Reed eventually manages to stop it by building his own robotic suit called Anti-Galactus. Alyssa tells Reed she still loves him, but Reed says he really only loves Sue.

Sue and Reed travel back in time to celebrate their wedding anniversary at the restaurant near where they first met as adults. Sue comments to her husband about letting Alyssa down easily. He questions her on this but she laughs it off and tells him that she knew from the beginning. At that point they look out the window to see the younger versions of themselves cross each other's path once more, as adults. Sue then seeks out a babysitter for Franklin and Valeria and finds one in the form of Mrs. Tabitha Deneuve.

Doom then arrives at the Baxter Building seeking for help only to be kidnapped by a new bunch of super powered individuals. This leaves everyone curious. Not long after, Alyssa Castle gets in contact with Sue about helping her expose her husband and his Nu World project. It turns out that the true purpose of Nu World was to house only the richest and brightest.

Alyssa joked with Sue that she's probably not Reed's favorite person at the moment and would have felt stupid revealing this to Reed. Johnny is then kidnapped which really worries Sue. Soon after the Baxter Building is attacked from within. In a scramble to protect Valeria and Mrs. Tabitha not knowing she was the one who orchestrated the attack Sue tells Tabitha to follow her to safety.

Tabitha tells Sue to put Valeria down. Sue realizes that Tabitha is behind the attack, but is defeated by her own power - a Force Field in the shape of a beam. Sue is knocked out and Mrs. Deneuve casually leaves. Valeria runs after her saying "No mom stop! In actuality, the super powered team that kidnapped Doom and Johnny were the New Defenders who had traveled to the present day Earth from their ruined future years from now. They planned to construct a device called the Galactus Engine to bring billions of refugees back to our time to save them.

Tabitha the future version of Sue led the team in their attack. Reed devises an ingenious plan to find the New Defenders. Theorizing that 'Future Sue' is the same as the current one he injects Susan with a tracker and they subsequently find their hideout. Galactus, Johnny and Doom's powers power up the Galactus Engine, but instead of transporting the billions from the decrepit future into the past they are sent instead into Nu World thanks to Sue and Alyssa's plan to change the coordinates in the machine.

Tabitha goes to free Doom and apologize, but Doom kills her for what she's done. As a means to honor her, Susan and the rest of the Fantastic Four, hold a funeral in honor of Susan and the family moves on. After a future version of Franklin returns to the present on Franklin's birthday and warns the Fantastic Four about an upcoming War of Four Cities, the team discover four lost civilizations. The people of this city appoint Sue as their ambassador, but when Sue returns with Namor to negotiate with them, things turn bad and Namor kills their King Ul-Uhar, leaving Sue to assume control as their Regent.

After Johnny dies while sealing off the Negative Zone from the inside, the team re-forms as the Future Foundation , including the assembled individuals who now live at the Baxter Building. Sue welcomes Spider-Man as he comes to join the team. She explains the design of the new uniform to him, saying that the old one seemed wrong after losing Johnny and the black and white colors reflect the current situation in the world. When Valeria decides to go ahead with her plan to rectify her mistake of setting the Council of Reed Richards loose on our world, she enlists the help of Doctor Doom.

Sue expresses her strongest concerns to Reed and threatens Doom if he does anything wrong, but she goes along with their plan to seek the help from Reed's enemies: Mad Thinker, Wizard, High Evolutionary and Diablo. Sue goes with Bentley 23 to pick up the Wizard who is surprised that they managed to track him down.


She then travels to Old Atlantis when she hears a warning through the spiral in her room at the Baxter Building. That night, a swarm of creatures from a pocket dimension dreamed up by Franklin Richards, attacks NYC. The swarm requires the attention of every available hero in the city. After these events, the Fantastic Four are taken to court to answer for the damage they've done to the city and it's inhabitants over the years. Franklin and the other children of the Future Foundation are taken from Susan and Reed who are deemed unfit to raise and provide for them.

The Baxter Building is locked up, and Susan and Reed have no home left. Ben is taken into custody, and Johnny loses his powers and his record deal. In a state of emotional frustration, Susan lashes out at the Avengers, who are preventing their entrance into the Baxter Building. She is able to quickly and effectively take out the Avengers on her own, including heavy hitters, such as the Hulk and Thor.

Jim Hammond arrives and talks Sue down. The Avengers do not retaliate, saying that they understand her situation. Sue and Reed leave and travel to Eden to "make the world a better place". Sue flies the jet to Latveria where she seeks to retrieve her daughter, Valeria Richards. Valeria had previously decided to leave her parents and seek the company of her godfather, "Uncle" Victor von Doom, Monarch of Latveria. Valeria and Doom were working together to make the world a better place. Her positive influence on Doom is significant. Sue explains that she's lost nearly everything that she held dear to her, and wants to bring Valeria back.

Valeria comforts her mother, saying she is needed more in Latveria because of the importance of her work. Sue refuses to take take no for an answer, and her emotions as a mother seeking to protect her child take over. In a stunning display of power, Sue defeats and humiliates Doom and his Latverian forces. She uses her powers in unique ways to slip particles of her shield into Doom's armor, and then removes it. The constant monitoring and masking of behavior take a toll.

Many needed time to recover. In an as-yet undiagnosed girl, this exhaustion is a sign, says Gross. While many boys with ASD tend to act out or have tantrums, girls with ASD are more likely to internalize their feelings and are often shy or quiet, says Kreiser see a study in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Addressing the anxiety with social skills training can help—but not without the understanding that the anxiety is linked with ASD. Some girls are never diagnosed. Along with anxiety and depression, recent research suggests that in some cases, eating disorders and self-harming behavior may be associated with ASD in girls. Some girls are not diagnosed at all.

Others are misdiagnosed with other conditions, such as obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, depression and bipolar disorder. And some are eventually diagnosed in adulthood see interview with Liane Holliday Willey, below. Bullying and sexual assault are common dangers. In a study, 64 percent of women had been sexually abused , most of them within a relationship. Kreiser agrees. She recently received referrals for several teenage girls.

Use the DSM-5 criteria as a guide, not a hard-and-fast requirement. Klin and other experts advise teams to look for:. Less obvious self-stimulation behavior, as the girl may have replaced her natural self-stimulation with something more socially acceptable. Sensory issues—intolerance of crowds or of certain sounds or textures, for example.

Difficulty with conversation skills and social engagement—turn-taking, staying on topic, initiating and contributing to the conversation. As a child, Liane Holliday Willey had received several diagnoses, including obsessive compulsive disorder OCD and anxiety, but psychotherapy and medications had not helped her. During the appointment, the clinical team encouraged Willey to seek a diagnosis for herself, too. She was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at the age of Willey has since focused on females with high-functioning autism and communication skills for people on the autism spectrum.

You were diagnosed in your 30s. What might have been different if you had been diagnosed at age 4 or 5? Early intervention is essential for long-term wellness, no matter what the challenge one might face. In my case, an early diagnosis with Asperger syndrome would have helped me overcome my self-doubt, insecurities and worries that I was not as clever or smart as other girls. It would have helped my teachers and caregivers help me with everything from academic and cultural comprehension to understanding those ever-important social skills.

At my worst, I experienced rape and self-injurious behaviors. I imagine I never would have hit my worst had I understood the world better. Early diagnosis would have set me up to have a much safer and better-understood upbringing. What do you most want speech-language pathologists to know about girls with high-functioning autism? Helping us to understand the nuances and obvious issues related to language should probably come before we are given a social skills program.

Language modeling techniques are wonderful! Please use them as often as possible. Nancy Volkers is a freelance medical writer based in Vermont. Is autism being overlooked in girls because the signs are much clearer in boys? A growing body of research says yes. Nancy Volkers Google Scholar More articles by this author.