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    Ben Grimm/The Thing (Storyverse)

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    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 also known as 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 Debbie broke up with him after she saw his mutated form.
    5. He has great chemistry with the rest of the characters, especially Johnny Storm and Alicia Masters.
    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.
    12. He mentioned to Reed “You know, I used to smoke.” This is an Easter egg to the comic books that Ben was a smoker from the 1960s to the 1990s. Other Easter eggs include Ben seeing a sculpture that looks more close to his comic book self and his noir outfit.

    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.”

    Trivia

    • 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.
    • His roar towards the bear became an Internet meme due to how unique it sounded.
    • In the bridge scene, Chiklis was supposed to pick up the ring but he improvised where he doesn’t pick up the ring to make it more sad.
    • Chiklis first read the Fantastic Four comic books when he was a boy and he wanted to play Ben Grimm in an eventual movie. He went to Avi Arad and told him “I got two words, Ben Grimm”. Six months later, he got an invite to Arad’s office and gave him a Thing bobble head before securing the role.
    • Chiklis’ wife almost fainted upon seeing him in the Thing make-up.

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