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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?