At Last, A Good Look at ‘Fantastic Four’s’ The Thing

The Thing Fantastic Four
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

Those fearing that the Thing might not be looking his most fantastic in the upcoming reboot of “Fantastic Four” may find solace in the first image of the character, shared via Empire on Thursday.

The still shows off the rocky frame of Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) post-transformation. For Josh Trank’s retooling of the superhero saga, Bell’s Thing was achieved through motion capture and CGI.

Image courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox via Empire.

“Jamie in real life is a tough guy,” Trank told Empire. “He exudes this strength. Ben is Reed’s best friend in the archetypal, spiritual way, and you want that character to have that warmth and that strength.”

Many fans were unsatisfied with the brief glimpse of the Thing offered in the film’s first trailer.

The hubbub continued when an international billboard showing the Thing leaked online, prompting backlash from fans who feared the new look didn’t do the character justice, wreaking havoc on 20th Century Fox’s plans to carefully control the film’s marketing imagery.

“Fantastic Four,” starring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Bell, will bow in theaters August 7.

What do you think of the Thing’s new look?

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  1. Cal El Em En O P says:

    Who is that? Captain Stone? Mr. Pebbles? Gravel Guy? Mineral Man? Boulder Boy? Rocky? Certainly it’s not The Thing. The Thing had personality.

  2. Jhons says:

    Oh you Marvel fan boys are always so winny and awfully godd to laught at. Stop crying, whats done its done and youll be lucky to have spider man for the next years untill Sony can pull it from you again.

  3. Joe says:

    I make it a habit of not watching movies where the characters get butchered by no talent hack film makers. This image proves nothing. The FF movie rights belong at Marevl.

  4. newengland40 says:

    The head needs to be wider he lookks weird lol. Wasnt like tgat in comics.

  5. jedi77 says:

    It’s certainly not the FF I grew up reading, but if we separate the film from the comics for a minute, this might actually be allright. A new take on the FF, a new “source” if you will.

    Though a 27 year old Reed Richards doesn’t give me much hope! That’s just stupid.

    • therealeverton says:

      Not so, if you’d read Ultimate Fantastic Four you’d know the concept of following them from childhood can work very well indeed.

  6. Barry says:


  7. T0rchwood says:

    Doesn’t much matter. Give the property back to Marvel. Just is just slightly better than the 1994 Roger Corman version. Sue Storm’s brother isn’t a black guy. And Galactus isn’t a bleeping cloud. The further they get from the source material, the worse these get. Fox didn’t need a reboot (except they lost the last Johnny Storm actor to the Avengers), just get back to the source material. The first movie (and the Surfer from the second movie) nailed it


    • Steven says:

      This is based on ultimate fantastic four. So I guess it is made from their source material

    • Sonny Iyasere says:

      Why is race always the issue with these things? And I really do hope this movie is good and does well I think Josh Trank’s the right guy for this.

      • Zephyr Mourne says:

        Maybe one of them is adopted? Which, as an adopted white guy with a Korean sister and a Latino sister, I’d find kind of cool.

      • therealeverton says:

        In the real world. It is simple biology. There’s ton’s of people like that. My grandmother looks 100% black,yet her sister looks Indian, they’re both mixed race. As well as “light skinned” mixed race children (from 1 black parent & 1 white parent, you can get a dark skinned black child and a child who looks jus white. It’s simple biology, you can look it up.

      • T0rchwood says:

        In what fantasy world would a Caucasian female have a black brother from the same parents? It’s not about race, it’s about biology. As Chris Carter famously stated about X-Files, when your story is based on the fantastic, the rest of your story should be as grounded in reality as possible.

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