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    The Thing (Storyverse)

    The Thing
    It's clobbering time!
    Gender: Male
    Type: Awesome Muscleman
    Age: 40s
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Michael Chiklis
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Fantastic Four

    Ben Grimm or The Thing is one of the main protagonists of the Tim Story Fantastic Four film series.

    Why He Goes Clobbering

    1. He is the most likeable member of the Fantastic Four.
    2. Michael Chiklis does a fantastic job portraying as the Thing on both Storyverse films despite them being average. It helps that he is a big fan of the character and the comics and got an approval of Stan Lee.
    3. The makeup/design looks impressive and life-like, and looks very accurate to the comics. Heck it still holds up to this day.
    4. His storyline is quite tear-jerking and relatable, as his fiancée broke up with him after she saw his mutated form.
    5. He has great chemistry with the rest of the characters, especially Johnny Storm.
    6. He says his catchphrases "It's clobbering time" and "Sweet Aunt Petunia" like in the comics.
      1. Heck, the way he got his most iconic catchphrase, "It's clobberin’ timeǃ" is believable, as he got it from a prototype action figure.
    7. He retains the gruff voice as in the comics in his rocky form.
    8. A great amount of his quotes are memorable such as "If there is a God, he hates me" and "I'll show you a rockslide!"
    9. His roar towards a bear is great to listen to.
    10. He has plenty of funny moments.
    11. Unlike the comics, he is much more intelligent and figured out where the Silver Surfer is headed.

    Bad Qualities

    1. He has less screentime in the second film. He had a little more screentime from deleted scenes.
    2. He doesn't have the same size as in the comics.
    3. Unlike the comics, he doesn’t seem to be religious. He even said God’s name in vain and at one time said “If there is a God, He hates me.”


    • Chiklis insisted on wearing make-up instead of phoning in his performance via motion capture and voice over.
    • Stan Lee considered Chiklis' performance as his favorite Marvel character portrayal.
    • Before Chiklis was cast, Bruce Willis was considered for the role.
    • Chiklis returned to voice the Thing in the 2005 Fantastic Four video game and an episode of Robot Chicken.


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