Last year, in The History of the Marvel Universe #3 series, Marvel officially revealed that Franklin Richards, the son of Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four, was the most powerful mutant in the Marvel Universe. The statement came via Galactus, who declared the Omega-Level mutant with reality-bending powers as supreme.
Unfortunately, it seems that isn’t the case anymore. In the recent Fantastic Four run by Dan Slott, R.B. Silva, Jesus Aburov and VC’s Joe Caramagna, Franklin Richards’ powers are mysteriously declining. Even with Mister Fantastic, Doctor Doom and the X-Men looking into it, it remains unclear why he is growing weaker.
Plus, in Fantastic Four #26, they’ve discovered that Franklin Richards isn’t even a mutant after all.
It appears that when he was younger Richards somehow used his cosmic reality-altering abilities to unknowingly alter his cells to produce the X-Gene.
And after using up all his powers in a recent fight against the Cormorant, the former Omega-Level mutant is now a normal human being. Of course, this results in him being forced to leave Krakoa and Professor X not allowing him on the island.
That’s correct, the being who was once one of the single most powerful forces in the entire Marvel Universe is no longer powerful and no longer a mutant. And no longer one of the X-Men.
It’s an unusual plot, but there’s still a good chance that Franklin Richards regains all his powers in future comics.