THE FANTASTIC FOUR Star Ebon Moss-Bachrach Reveals Unexpected Way He's Been Preparing To Play The Thing

THE FANTASTIC FOUR Star Ebon Moss-Bachrach Reveals Unexpected Way He's Been Preparing To Play The Thing

Andor star Ebon Moss-Bachrach will transform into The Thing in The Fantastic Four and has now jokingly revealed the unexpected way he's preparing to play the MCU's Ben Grimm. Read on for details...

By JoshWilding - Jun 23, 2024 05:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Fantastic Four

Marvel Studios' The Fantastic Four is gearing up to begin shooting any week now and we're all hoping that they get this thing right and finally do right by Marvel's First Family on screen. 

20th Century Fox dropped the ball three times, but a compelling sign that the heroes are finally being taken seriously is what's shaping up to be one of the MCU's best casts to date. 

Andor and The Bear star Ebon Moss-Bachrach is playing Ben Grimm/The Thing, a role which will largely rely on motion capture. As you might expect, there's not much the actor can say about the role right now, but he did share some tongue-in-cheek details about his preparation during a recent interview.  

"I'm playing Ben Grimm, who becomes The Thing, who is a man encased in rock. So, yeah, I don't know, I've just been looking at rocks," Moss-Bachrach joked. "I've been reading a lot of comics."

"It's really nice," he continued. "They gave me this Marvel Unlimited thing, so I can just go on my iPad, and go to any comic book that Marvel's ever released." 

All jokes aside, it sounds like Moss-Bachrach is taking the role seriously and a deep dive into the comics sounds like a great way to tap into what makes Ben so great. The expectation among fans is that The Thing will go down alongside Thanos and The Hulk as one of the all-time great mo-cap characters, so the pressure is on. 

"I found out in the beginning of August," the actor previously said of being cast in The Fantastic Four. "I was taking a walk in the city...this was in the middle of the writer's strike and I got a call from my agent. I wasn't thinking about work at all. They said, 'They asked you to play The Thing.' I was so shocked."

"I don't think it's the suit. Michael Chiklis wore a suit. Apparently, the suit was really uncomfortable," he explained. "We're past that I think. It's a little cosplay and amateur now with the technology. It's mostly performance capture."

You can hear more from Moss-Bachrach in the player below.

Marvel Studios has announced that Pedro Pascal (Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic), Vanessa Kirby (Sue Storm/Invisible Woman), Joseph Quinn (Johnny Storm/Human Torch), and Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Ben Grimm/The Thing) will lead The Fantastic Four cast. Julia Garner has also joined the reboot as Shalla-Bal/Silver Surfer.

Recent additions to the cast include Paul Walter Hauser, John Malkovich, and Natasha Lyonne in mystery roles, along with Ralph Ineson as the villainous Galactus.

Director Matt Shakman worked with both Avatar: The Way of Water co-writer Josh Friedman and WandaVision's Cam Squires on The Fantastic Four's screenplay, with Eric Pearson (Black Widow) recently coming on board for a final polish.

The movie is set to be released in theaters on July 25, 2025.

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S8R8M - 6/23/2024, 5:43 AM
I wish he said he spoke to The Rock and his kids, Pebbles 🤣
The1st - 6/24/2024, 8:51 AM
@S8R8M - You gotta speak to the wife Boulder too to get full context. She carries that family over her shoulder.
IAmAHoot - 6/23/2024, 6:19 AM
Curious how much, if at all, they'll touch on backstories of the heroes. Sounds so far like this is going the Spiderman: Homecoming route of having them already have their powers, but we'll see. Ben's has always been especially more devastating.
TheVisionary25 - 6/23/2024, 6:26 AM
@IAmAHoot - I hope they do briefly atleast via news report or something

I personally think an opening credits montage to explain the origin such as The Incredible Hulk could be fun!!.
StSteven - 6/23/2024, 2:09 PM
@IAmAHoot @TheVisionary25 - I believe that Feige said that they're skipping the origin story because like with Spidey, everyone already knows it. Plus if I recall correctly, that initial pic they released when they officially announced has a date that is 1964 which would be 2 years after they became the F4 (if you're going by the comics). So most likely they will have already had their powers for a couple of years and will be well-known superheroes (perhaps the ONLY superheroes in their universe) and already fighting bad guys. Like I can see it happening where they're all sitting around a kitchen table together, all wholesome early 60s style, Reed is reading the paper that has a story about them stopping a bad guy on the front page and smoking a pipe, Sue is knitting baby clothes, Johnny's reading a comic book about himself, and Ben is eating a giant pile of pancakes. And then they get a call from the police chief and suit up to go take down the Mole Man or something (naturally flying in the Fantasticar).

Now that's not to say that there won't be a montage during the opening credits or at least a throwaway line referencing their origin (something like when they discover Galactus is coming and Reed says that they've got to go into space Ben says something like "Nah-ah no way. The last time we went to space YOU talked us into exploring that weird-looking space cloud and look what happened!". Or something along those lines.

Anyhow that's just my guess. I could be way off though.
IAmAHoot - 6/23/2024, 3:51 PM
@StSteven - One of the thoughts I had was the same opening credits type deal, similar to The Incredible Hulk. But on the same accord, I still don't think these chracters are as well established to viewers nowadays as Spidey was when they introduced him to the MCU. I'm certain the movie will stand on its own, but I feel with this one they should touch on it more than not. Having said that, it all boils down to the storytelling, script, etc. If all those relative details can be explained with natural and fulfilling dialogue, can't complain without getting personally petty .
StSteven - 6/23/2024, 5:11 PM
@IAmAHoot - Sure I get your point, and you are correct that the F4 origin story hasn't been as in front of the GA as Spidey's has in recent years (the last time they did a decent attempt at it was with the F4 movie in the early 2000s), so a refresher isn't necessarily unwarranted.

With that in mind, I just had an idea of a (possibly) cool way to do that: so going back to my previous scenario where Reed suggests that they need to go to outer space to explore something (Galactus most likely) and Ben says "I dunno about that Reed. You know what happened last time". Then they could actually do a recap of the F4 getting their powers using the actual pages from the original comics doing a sort of either "page-flipping" or "motion comics" thing.

Depending on the tone and how it's handled (written as you said) it could be either really cool or really cheesy. Still an interesting way to do an origin story flashback that we haven't seen yet that fits with the 60s aesthetic of the film (from what we've heard).
Apophis71 - 6/24/2024, 10:04 AM
@IAmAHoot - True, the GA won't be as clear on the origin story of the F4, esp after the last movie we all want to forget about, but we also know what is going to happen close to release to the film...

...the 2005 film is going to be everywhere, here in the UK one of the top two terrestrial channels (BBC or ITV) will have it on as well as Sky premiere having it on the first page to download and/or on their film channel.

Doing a full movie around an origin can be slow and hard to pull off well, we want to get to the action not so much the pre-amble of them planning a space mission as humans, getting the powers and freaking out over them trying to find a cure then too much of the trying to work out how to use their powers. As such a major push to cash out on the 2005 film in the runup on multiple platforms then a TIH montage thing of them gaining their abilities is my preferred route to take.
TheVisionary25 - 6/23/2024, 6:25 AM
It’s nice that he’s doing his research , that’s always good to hear.

He’s gonna be great since he can play the tough guy with a good heart well so can’t wait to see him in the role , especially his chemistry with Johnny and Reed!!.

I still love him as “Micro” in Punisher S1 aswell , he had a fun dynamic with Bernthal’s Frank.

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Tidaltree - 6/23/2024, 7:55 AM
@TheVisionary25 - IF Fanta4 come to Earth 616, I'd like The Thing and Micro meeting at some point. Could be fun. Especially if Deadpool was in on it, too.
Doomsday8888 - 6/23/2024, 7:02 AM
Stone skipping.
Origame - 6/23/2024, 7:17 AM
He will live as one of the rocks.
campblood - 6/23/2024, 7:24 AM
Shouldn’t he be meeting astronauts and test pilots to get a vibe off them to play Ben Grimm ?
Crtdacct2say - 6/23/2024, 9:01 AM
@campblood - maybe he is watching Top Gun and For All Mankind in between his comic reading
bkmeijer1 - 6/23/2024, 9:46 AM
@Crtdacct2say - For All Mankind has a lot of space travel? I only know it's basic premise, but I do plane to watch it. Four seasons is a lot to catch up on though
Crtdacct2say - 6/23/2024, 9:57 AM
@bkmeijer1 - it starts off being real early days space travel. Never goes big sci fi like Marvel but there's a lot of focus on pilots and tech
Apophis71 - 6/23/2024, 11:42 AM
@bkmeijer1 - They do eventualy got to Mars, so yeh, a fair amount of space travel even if most scenes on bases, the moon or Mars surface and Earth...

...and well worth watching
bkmeijer1 - 6/23/2024, 4:39 PM
@Apophis71 @Crtdacct2say - I thought so it was mostly on-bass stuff, so good to know it has some space travel stuff too.

First I'm working my way through Foundation though, which has seriously cool space travel too.
Floke - 6/23/2024, 8:20 AM
Good that he is prepared, or he might be shittin' bricks on set.
YouFlopped - 6/23/2024, 8:38 AM
“All jokes aside, it sounds like Moss-Bachrach is taking the role seriously“

lol 😂
JustAWaffle - 6/23/2024, 9:20 AM
That’s a good thing
Batmangina - 6/23/2024, 9:28 AM
He's exposing himself to cosmic rays - it gives him a rock hard thing.

I'll let myself out...
DocSpock - 6/23/2024, 10:00 AM

He is trying to get in character by being a white pile of white rocks identifying as a pile of rocks of color.
SuperCat - 6/23/2024, 11:01 AM
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LukeCage2155 - 6/23/2024, 11:29 AM
@SuperCat - Wonderful, gif fam.
marvel72 - 6/23/2024, 2:25 PM
He covered himself in cement.

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