Even Marvel Fans Don’t Know The Thing’s Superhero Full Name
Ben Grimm took on the superhero name “The Thing” after being blasted with cosmic energy, but many fans aren’t aware that isn’t his full name.
Ben Grimm became known as the thing after he and the other members of the The Fantastic Four were exposed to cosmic rays on a space mission, but it turns out that “The Thing” is actually just the shortened version of Grimm’s real superhero nickname, something that was revealed in a alternate dimension in the midst of one of Marvel’s weirdest reboots.
In Counter-Earth’s Pocket Dimension, virtually every Marvel character that was not affiliated with the X-Men was rebooted into their own continuity outside of the established world of Earth-616 as part of the Marvel reboot that almost killed them, heroes reborn. While a number of other heroes who were absorbed into Counter-Earth had their histories rewritten – including Hulk-created Iron Man – the Fantastic Four’s origins were basically exactly the same as their Earth-616 counterparts from Earth. origin. However, when The Thing first faces Iron Man in this new world, it’s revealed that his long-established superhero name isn’t what fans think.
In Iron Man Flight. 2 #3 by Scott Lobdell, Jim Lee, and Whilce Portacio, the Fantastic Four investigate Stark International after their friend Bruce Banner allegedly died there the night his gamma bomb detonated and he became Hulk as a result of Hydra. Instead of entering with a clear head and a calm demeanor, the Thing burst through a wall and demanded answers about what had happened to Banner, with Iron Man and Pepper Potts surprised by his entrance. Pepper was stunned, then she finally asks, “You’re what they call… uh, the Thing?to which the Thing replies:It’s actually “The Ever Lovin’ Blue Eyed Thing” but, yeah, I’m him”.
This revelation is enough to make anyone The Fantastic Four fans question everything they thought they knew about the Thing, until they realize it was probably just a joke. However, nothing about that name is a lie as Ben Grimm retained his striking blue eyes during his monstrous transformation, which the Thing is obviously very aware of.
Even if it was just a joke told in a corner of the Marvel Comics Multiverse that doesn’t even exist anymore, it’s still fun that the Thing corrects someone who said his name by essentially completing his own eyes. Therefore, even though the Thing’s “full name” is by no means canonical, it is unquestionably awesome and obviously the thingis the favorite nickname of many The Fantastic Four fans probably didn’t know that.
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