Thing (Marvel)

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The Thing in Fantastic Four v6 #1.

The Thing is a male comic superhero who features in Marvel Comics.

Contents

Biography

Origin

Ben Grimm transforms in Fantastic Four v1 #107.

Benjamin Grimm

Fantastic Four

Avengers

In the wake of the Dark Reign, Luke Cage asked the Thing to join his new incarnation of the Avengers that were being based at Avengers Mansion with Grimm accepting the offer. (New Avengers v2 #1) They were then attacked by a possessed Doctor Strange and Daimon Hellstrom who were looking to claim the Eye of Agamotto. (New Avengers v2 #2)

Marvel 2-in-1

He came to be recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. as an agent where he was set to investigate and arrest Doctor Doom who had begun to operate as a hero where he assumed the identity of Iron Man after the disappearance of Tony Stark. This saw him travelling to the University of Cambridge in order to question Dr. Amara Perera who had recently been sighted with Victor von Doom. (Infamous Iron Man v1 #1)

Overview

Personality and attributes

Eventually, he reignited his relationship with Alicia with this resulting in him proposing to her. She came to accept and the two were set to get married. (Fantastic Four v6 #1)

Powers and abilities

Ben Grimm in Fantastic Four v1 #642.

After being drawn to a hammer of the Worthy, Ben was forcibly transformed into the host of Angrir who was known as the Breaker of Souls. (Fear Itself v1 #3)

Notes

  • The Thing was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby where she made her first appearance in Fantastic Four v1 #1 (November, 1961).
  • In Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel (2017), it is noted that the Thing was modelled by Jack Kirby on himself.
  • Writer Al Ewing wrote about the character in an interview where he said, “ Ben isn't famous for winning fights; he's famous for not losing them. The Thing's strength is not that he can punch harder or lift more, or even take more punishment - it's that no matter what you do, he will never stay down. That, to me, means more than simple feats of strength.”

Alternate Versions

In other media

Television

  • In Fantastic Four, the Thing appeared in the 1967 animated television series where he was voiced by actor Paul Frees.
  • In Fantastic Four, the Thing appeared in the 1978 animated television series where he was voiced by actor Ted Cassidy.
  • In Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes, the Thing appeared in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Brian Dobson.
  • In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the Thing made several appearances in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Fred Tatasciore.
  • In Avengers Assemble, the Thing appeared in the animated television series in the episode "Hulk's Day Out" where he was voiced again by actor Dave Boat.
  • In Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., the Thing appeared in the animated television series in the episode "The Collector" where he was voiced once more by actor Dave Boat.

Films

  • In Fantastic Four, the Thing appeared in the 2005 live-action film where he was portrayed by actor Michael Chiklis.
  • In Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the Thing appeared in the live-action film sequel where he was once more portrayed by actor Michael Chiklis.
  • In Fantastic Four, the Thing appeared in the 2015 live-action film where he was portrayed by actor Josh Trank.

Video games

  • In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, the Thing appeared as a playable character in the setting of the video game where he was voiced by actor Gregg Berger.
  • In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, the Thing appeared in the setting of the video game where he was voiced again by actor Fred Tatasciore.
  • In Marvel Heroes, the Thing appeared as a playable character in the setting of the MMORPG video game where he was voiced by actor Dave Boat.
  • In Marvel: Contest of Champions, the Thing appeared as a playable character in the mobile video game.
  • In Marvel: Future Fight, the Thing appeared as a playable character in the mobile video game.
  • In Marvel Puzzle Quest, the Thing appeared as a playable character in the mobile video game.

Appearances

  • Fantastic Four v1:
  • Marvel Two-in-One v1:
  • Strange Tales v1:
  • New Avengers v2:
  • Fear Itself v1:
  • Fantastic Four v5:
  • Guardians of the Galaxy:
  • Infamous Iron Man v1:
  • Marvel 2-In-One v1:
  • Fantastic Four v6:

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