Is David Harbour joining the MCU as Ben Grimm aka The Thing?

Is David Harbour joining the MCU as Ben Grimm aka The Thing?


Speaking at this weekend’s MCM Comic Con in London, ‘Stranger Things’ actor, David Harbour opened up about the show’s season three finale, major problems with Hellboy and his MCU casting.

Sebastian Stan may well have been the main attraction at this weekend’s MCM Comic Con in London, but if you attended his main stage Q&A you won’t have learned much about projects he’s working on, particularly if they’re associated with Marvel. The actor was either unwilling to tease what’s happening, or simply didn’t know himself.

In stark contrast, David Harbour gave fans plenty to mull over. From a teaser of what to expect from the third season finale of ‘Stranger Things’ to his perception of the “major problems” with the recent ‘Hellboy’ reboot. And something no one expected. Harbour all but confirming his involvement with the MCU.


Chief Jim Hopper

As police chief Jim Hopper in Stranger Things

Harbour plays police chief Jim Hopper in the Netflix phenomenon ‘Stranger Things’. Throughout three seasons we’ve seen Hopper’s relationship with Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) grow into one of a father and daughter.

Season three finds Eleven maturing, with this, Hopper must get to grips with parental conflict: “His daughter is becoming a teenager and beginning to find herself, so that’s scarier for Hopper than any Demogorgon creature that he’s going to have to deal with.

Harbour continues: “You get to see a lot of that throughout the season and it’s very unexpected what happens in the end and it’s very, very moving. I think episode eight is the most moving thing we’ve ever shot.


David Harbour Hellboy

David Harbour as Hellboy

In reference to the recent ‘Hellboy’ reboot, in which he starred as the titular character, Harbour was refreshingly candid: “We did our best, but there’s so many voices that go into these things and they’re not always going to work out. I did what I could do and I feel proud of what I did, but ultimately I’m not in control of a lot of those things.

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Flopping at the box office, it has been reported that ‘Hellboy’ has made a loss of around $10 million on investment to date. The film may yet break even though with a release in Hong Kong still scheduled for June this year.


David Harbour The Thing

Is Harbour about to enter the MCU as The Thing?


Perhaps most unexpected from Harbour’s Comic Con Q&A, though, was that the actor could have been hinting as to which character he’ll be playing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Though no official announcement has been made, rumours have been abound for some time that Harbour will be appearing in the ‘Black Widow’ movie. But one sentence of his interview at Comic Con, picked up by Advanced Television, may give a clue as to which character he’ll portray: ā€œIā€™m glad this thing is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universeā€.

Emphasis on the word thing. Was this Harbour subtly hinting that he’ll be taking to the screen as Ben Grimm, aka The Thing from the Fantastic Four?

Now that Marvel own Fox, rights to the Fantastic Four revert to the studio and it’s logical that they will reboot the comic book super family at some point. But it seems a little soon for these characters to written into a script so soon given how recently the takeover took place.

Perhaps we’re reading too much into a self effacing comment. Or maybe, just maybe, we’ll finally get to see the Fantastic Four we deserve?



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