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The Thing

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Real Name
Benjamin Jacob "Ben" Grimm
First Appearance
The Fantastic Four (vol. 1) #1 (November, 1961)
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Team Affiliations
Future Foundation, Fantastic Four, UCWF, West Coast Avengers, Thunderiders, Yancy Street Gang, Avengers West Coast, New Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Worthy
Blackbeard the Pirate, Angrir: Breaker of Souls, Dr. Josiah Verpoorteen, El Morrito
Base of Operations
New York City
Superhuman strength, stamina and durability, Rock-like skin, Enhanced Lung Capacity
Skills and Abilities
Skilled street fighter and hand to hand combatant, Excellent dexterity, Above-average reflexes, Professional Pilot

The Thing (Ben Grimm) is a superhero in the Marvel Universe and a member of the Fantastic Four.


Ben Grimm was a pilot who was convinced by his friend, Reed Richards, to steal and test an experimental rocket Richards designed.  The rocket was bombarded by cosmic rays during its flight, causing Ben, Reed, Reed's girlfriend Sue Storm and her brother Johnny, to crash.  When they landed, they found themselves alive but physically changed, with strange powers.  Ben was given great strength and durability but was also transformed into a rock-like creature, making him feel like an outsider.  Since then, he fought alongside Reed, Sue and Johnny, who became the Fantastic Four and Ben was given a new nickname; The Thing.

Movies and TV shows[]

  • Ultimate Spider Man
  • Avengers
  • The Fantastic Four (2005)
  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  • Fantastic Four (2015)


Super Strength, Endurance, stamina, rock like skin gives him protection, hold his breath for more time than regular humans, each hand has three fingers and a thumb