Fantastic Four's Thing Revealed


Geekdad News Writer
Jan 5, 2013
Fantastic Four's Thing Revealed

Jamie Bell's version of the Thing will be created with motion capture and CGI.

Of all the superhero movies on the horizon, Fantastic Four is probably the one that many comic fans are most curious about, if only because we've seen so little of it. For the most part, we already have certain expectations for the other big upcoming releases. With <a href=>Fantastic Four, Fox has kept things so tightly sealed for so long that we haven't had much to form impressions from. Heck, up until now,we haven't even seen much of what the titular heroes look like after they get all fantastic-ified.

Deciding it was apparently to time give us a little peek at the hero team's new appearance, Fox today has released new images showing off actor Jamie Bell's Thing. Previously only glimpsed from behind <a href=>in the film's trailer, the new picture directly showcases the actor's take on the hero. He pretty much looks the way you'd expect, like a hulking human made out of stone. One notable difference from the 2005 film at least, is the reported use of motion capture and CGI to create Bell's Thing. In the 2005 film, actor Michael Chiklis <a href=>donned a bodysuit and make-up to complete his own transformation for the role. According to director Josh Trank, the switch was made to allow for more of Bell's performance to come through one the screen. "Jamie in real life is a tough guy," he said. "He exudes this strength. Ben [Grimm] is [Richard] Reed's best friend in the archetypal, spiritual way, and you want that character to have that warmth and that strength."

Just speaking personally, I don't hate it. If nothing else, it looks faithful to its source material and not worse than Chiklis's 2005 version. That being the case, it still would have been nice if this reveal could have included the other members of the team as well. Fox released two other images alongside the one featuring the Bell's Thing (lord is that awkward sounding), but neither really included anything all that special looking. Frankly, these characters have been around since 1961, there's no reason to keep them under wraps like Fox has been doing. Just show us the other three members of the team with their powers already.
Source: <a href=>Empire


dalek sec

Leader of the Cult of Skaro
Jul 20, 2008
That... actually doesn't look so bad, it's a little dull in color but nothing horrible.

Still have a bad feeling about the movie overall but at least they got this right.


Oct 26, 2008
Oh sure. When Hollywood does it, it's fine but let me reveal MY thing just once and boom! Jail!

Scarim Coral

Jumped the ship
Apr 30, 2020
It's not bad, it look more rocky than the first movie version of him.
Also with him being cgi, I'm fine with it seeing how the original make up suit thing, it literally took him hours to put it on!

Neurotic Void Melody

Bound to escape
Apr 3, 2020
I can hardly contain my indifference here. It's like someone saying they got the coolest thing behind this door, but they can't tell you what it is. It's faaar too special to just say what it is, you must see it for yourself. Now please, brace yourselves, grip your seat edge with those tough muscular bumcheeks aannnnd...TADAAA! *jazz hands*

It's a brick.


New member
Feb 28, 2014
Jamie Bell's version of the Thing will be created with motion capture and CGI.
Nooooooooooooooooo, really? And here I thought they were to use suits and animatronics, like it's 30 years ago or something.

It's sad when the previous version of the movie Thing looked better.


Elite Member
May 2, 2020
I am Thing!

I am Groot!



That's the first thing that popped into my head.

RJ 17

The Sound of Silence
Nov 27, 2011
I suppose even this movie couldn't screw up the design of Thing. "Make a guy made out of rocks" is pretty much all you have to do and it seems they managed to accomplish this.


Oct 28, 2013
It's better than the one who had an accident in a Cheetos factory.


New member
Sep 11, 2008
RJ 17 said:
I suppose even this movie couldn't screw up the design of Thing. "Make a guy made out of rocks" is pretty much all you have to do and it seems they managed to accomplish this.
Yeah, this is pretty much the first thing about this movie that they haven't screwed up. It's still going to be terrible, but I guess any time that there isn't any music and there isn't anyone on screen except Ben, you can pretend you're watching a good Fantastic Four movie.

Casual Shinji

Should've gone before we left.
Apr 4, 2020
That certainly looks like a thing alright. A thing completely lacking in any personality. It barely even has a face. Unless ofcourse they were going for that emotionless golem look.

Spaceman Spiff

New member
Sep 23, 2013
That actually looks pretty good to me. Pretty great even. At least they'll have gotten something right in this film.


New member
Aug 3, 2011
Be nice if it had more colour to it but overall it looks pretty good. I think the only thing we need is how he emotes with his face. Cant wait for a trailer where we see him moving and talking.


New member
Dec 28, 2012
Well it's certainly a guy made out of rocks. Something like this is going to be very hard to judge without seeing him moving.

This is slightly less underwhelming that the recent Lex Luthor reveal (spoiler alert, Jesse Eisenberg is BALD!)


Citation Needed
Nov 28, 2007
Well, right now it seems most of the attention is on their decision to make The Human Torch black given that a family dynamic is central to the team especially after a while given that Sue marries Richard and Johnny is her brother. If Johnny is black that means that either mommy Storm has some explaining to do to daddy Storm or one of the two is adopted, and either way that's going to be touchy since they are playing around with one of the most famous family units in comics. Even when Astro City did a version it was the "Furst Family" for a reason. The Thing tends to be one of the easier characters to do because part of the point became not only his power putting him outside of humanity, but while a good friend he's also somewhat outside the family dynamic that unites the other three. This is also why he's worked okay as a solo act (after "Secret Wars" for example) and been able to be replaced on the team by characters like She-Hulk.

The bottom line is that a lot of people I've talked to seem to think it smacks of disrespect for the source material, far more so than other race-changing controversies because while someone can technically argue Heimdall isn't a big enough character to matter for example, The Human Torch is an entirely different animal especially given that one of the reasons why he's tolerated despite some of his idiotic antics at times (which have gotten pretty bad at times in the comics) is that he's Sue's brother and Reed's brother in law (not to mention Ben's best friend, perhaps more so than Reed given their tendency to play off each other non-stop with both their insults, and spot-on team work).

I know people will argue about that, especially here, but I see that as being the big lynchpin of the entire thing and truthfully I suspect the creators decided after the fact that they weren't going to be able to sell it, along with some other changes to the premise. For example some people having been saying that they are no longer astronauts that had an accident, but were willing participants in some kind of radiation infusion experiment. Apparently not only are they messing with The Human Torch and the family dynamic (some suspect he's not even going to be Johnny Storm) but also one of comics most classic origin stories.

There is also a rumor going around that Stan Lee is opposing this movie, apparently he did a cameo, but then demanded to have it cut out because despite being all about the money, he felt the work was an insult to perhaps his favorite creation (more so than the other movies that at least tried), and the work that pretty much created the Marvel continuity. Then they convinced him to have it put back in, and then removed again, etc... and the creators really wanting Stan's "stamp of approval" even if they can't re-do the movie is one of the reasons it's been delayed. How true that is remains to be seen, but allegedly Stan was one of the ring leaders in a bit in the comics recently where a bunch of actors playing "The Fantastic Four" were murdered, which pretty much summarizes his thoughts on the movie and the new versions of the characters as well as some of those in Marvel. Apparently the business slap fighting doesn't bother him that much in general because he's appeared in non-Disney cameos and has never felt the need to have his former company make an (indirect) statement. The rumor being that whole actor murder bit was him, more than a statement by Disney itself, despite Stan not being the honcho anymore he still apparently has a LOT of pull especially given that his approval brings a lot of cred.

Despite the acting, FX, etc... being better, some are already ready to say that someone finally created a Fantastic Four movie worse than Roger Corman's attempt, which at least the last two attempts could be favorable compared to that outing if nothing else. :)


New member
Oct 31, 2013
Wait. The big rock guy looks like a big rock guy?!

Therumancer said:
You do realize that its possible for a mixed race family to exist without the two kids having the exact same skin tone, right?