The Thing
The Thing
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (when human)
Played by: Jeffrey Dean Morgan (when human)
Name: Benjamin Jacob Grim
Codename: The Thing
Alias: Bashful Benji, Aunt Petunia's Favorite Nephew, Idol of Millions, The everylovin' blue eyed Thing!
Race: Mutate
Team: Fantastic Four
Occupation: Adventurer
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Ben grew up on the worst side of Yancy Street and fell in with the Yancy Street gang until being adopted by his uncle Jake who forces him to leave the gang and apply himself in school and in athletics.
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Athletics ends up getting Ben into Empire State University on a football scholarship where he is the roommate and eventual best friend of one Reed Richards. Reed's passion convinces Ben that one day he wants to see the stars and he promises Reed that if he ever builds his ship, that he'll fly it for him.
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Ben joins the ROTC program at Empire State, and graduates with the B.S. in Aeronautics and parts ways with Reed to join the Unite States Air force to train to be a pilot. Driven to become an astronaut he signs up to fly dangerous 'black ops' missions, hoping to be rewarded with admission into the space program.
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Ben sees his share of combat, and is eventually entrusted with piloting experimental aircraft and eventually joins the space program. Though he receives training he's far down the list of potential astronauts, because they don't want to put a man in space that can't answer questions about much of his military history. That's when Reed calls in his marker.
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Retiring from active service, Major Benjamin J. Grimm agrees to pilot Reed's new ship capable of Interstellar travel, but the mission is a disaster. And exposure to a massive wave of cosmic radiation fries the ships controls. Ben manages to crash land the ship back on earth, but the damage is done.
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The members of the crew develop amazing powers, but Ben turns into a monstrous 'Thing' which he dubs himself as in a fit of depression. Together they form the Fantastic Four and lead by Reed they continue to explore the boundaries of science. Meanwhile Ben hopes that one day Reed will find a cure for him.

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