The Rock should play The Thing in the MCU

By Stephen Ippolito | Feb. 23, 2020

After Disney’s acquisition of Fox last year, The Fantastic Four and X-Men’s film rights moved to Marvel Studios. Fan’s dream of Wolverine fighting alongside the Avengers on the big screen moved closer to reality. Other than last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios has been tight-lipped on when the two famous superhero teams will join the MCU.

This hasn’t stopped fans from sharing their dream casting and making fan art. The most popular ones have been John Krasinski and Emily Blunt as Reed and Sue Storm (Aka Mister Fantastic and Invisible Women). Personally, I think this would be a perfect choice that I hope comes true. I however, have come up with my own dream casting that I hope happens, but probably won’t for multiple reasons. That Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson should play the Fantastic Four’s The Thing.

The Thing with Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic), Sue Storm (Invisible Woman) and Johnny Storm (The Human Torch)

The Thing was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1961. As said he is a member of the superhero team, the ‘Fantastic Four’. Also known as ‘Ben Grimm,’ he gained his powers when he and the rest of the team were exposed to Cosmic Energy during space exploration. Appearing as a rock shaped humanoid, his powers include super strength and near invulnerability from physical attacks. Strength wise, he is among the strongest in the Marvel Universe and has shown to withstand his own against even the Hulk.  He also regularly adds humor to the stories, and is known for his famous punchline, “It’s Clobbering Time.”

He has been plated by three different actors in live-action films. Michael Bailey Smith and Carl Ciarfalio played the character in the now-famous low budget adaption of the Fantastic Four that was made in 1994 but never released. In 2005, Michael Chiklis played Grimm in Fox’s take on “Marvel’s first family.” He would also reprise the character in 2007 for its sequel The Rise of The Silver Surfer. Finally, Jamie Bell played Grimm in Fox’s failed reboot of the series in 2015. Unlike Chiklis’ take, this version of the big rock guy was all CGI. Chiklis’ version was mostly costume, but some scenes were CGI, specifically fights.

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