Stranger Things star denies he's playing classic Marvel character

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Stranger Things' David Harbour, has denied that he's playing comic book hero The Thing in an upcoming MCU movie.

The chain-smoking Jim Hopper favourite has only just played Hellboy in Neil Marshall's disappointing reboot, so jumping back under heavy prosthetics for another superhero role probably isn't that tempting right now.

However, Harbour is a confirmed cast member for Marvel's solo Black Widow movie and his character is shrouded in secrecy. So you can sort of appreciate where theories like this might come from...

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Taking part in WIRED's 'Celebrities Answer the Web's Most Searched Questions' series, Harbour and his Stranger Things co-star Winona Ryder stumbled upon the speculation regarding The Thing.

Ryder didn't seem to understand the question, so Harbour clarified: "The Thing is like a character in comic books and so there was all these speculations that that was what I was playing."

He went on to joke: "I'm not allowed to say anything about this particular film I'm doing, but... I play lots of things and I just use the word 'thing' in my vocabulary a lot."

(Question begins at 7:53 in the video below.)

For those unfamiliar with The Thing (real name Ben Grimm), he's a member of the Fantastic Four and boasts rock-like features that make him a formidable and entirely unique creature.

And of course, he's got the iconic battle cry: "It's clobberin' time!"

Following Disney's game-changing acquisition of Fox's entertainment assets, the chances of the Fantastic Four entering the MCU have grown considerably, so The Thing's introduction could definitely be on the cards.

But is he really about to crash the Black Widow party? If recent set photos are anything to go by, it looks like he could be playing a different classic Marvel character altogether...

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