I've been wondering about the stretching speed of heroes with elongation powers. How fast and far can someone like Mr. Fantastic stretch in a second? I am looking for an answer based on canon.

  • Your question asked one thing, description asked two. As to the second: 1500 feet before severe physical strain. – Solemnity Feb 3 '13 at 2:14

His transformation is instantaneous. He can take any shape in just a matter of seconds. Although he wouldn't compare with the light speeds of Thor or Mach speeds of Iron Man, usually his reaction is in seconds, fast enough to save someone from a split-second accident.

Quote from the Powers and Abilities section on the Marvel wiki:

Mister Fantastic can alter his form in a matter of seconds, often much less (depending on the complexity of the shape), and revert to his normal humanoid shape within a similar time. The greater the distance he stretches or the more extended the size of the object he becomes, the weaker his overall strength becomes. Mister Fantastic's transformation to a malleable state is reflexive and nearly instantaneous: if he was at his normal form and taken unaware by machine gun fire, his body would still absorb the bullets' impact through radical deformation.

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    "fast enough to save someone from a split second accident" sounds like 'at the speed of plot' – Paul A. Clayton Feb 2 '13 at 15:12
  • @PaulA.Clayton agreed sometimes he is too slow, and similar to Superman if you read too many comics the failures seem deliberate – GordonBennett Jun 11 at 14:20

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