Just a few weeks ago, we posted a photo of a fan in front of a large marketing display for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot. The poster revealed the unofficial first frontal image of Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/Thing. Given that only the characters backside was teased in the trailer, it was a rather odd show of marketing. Like the Studio wasn’t confident enough to show the character in the trailer, and or were working towards giving him a spotlight in a later and larger reveal. Then to have an undramatic reveal on a billboard seemed liked someone in marketing goofed up. I guess we’ll never know the thing with the Thing.
If there was any question on what the character would look like in this new envisioning of Marvels first family of superheroes, Empire released the first official photo of The Thing, along with two other photos that you can check out below.
This Thing is certainly more rigid and has more mass than the suit Michael Chiklis wore in those other Fantastic Four movies from FOX. Some have commented saying this design reminds them of Rockbiter from The Ending Story. I’ll let you be the judge.
Despite the less-smooth-edged look from the comics, the shape and size of the body in this CG design fits the character well. It’s his face, that doesn’t register with me. I don’t look at this and immediately recognize it as The Thing. He looks like something Captain Kirk would fight shirtless.
The other photos feature Miles Teller‘s Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic testing out some of his new stretching abilities, and the other one shows the team exploring what seems to be another planet.
FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
Fantastic Four hits theaters on August 7th, 2015.