this thing is actually called the thing. he's a marvel comics super-hero—one of the fantastic four. here's what marvel says about their thing:
Once a skilled fighter-pilot, Ben Grimm is now the Thing, a member of the world-famous Fantastic Four. Bathed in cosmic radiation during a fateful trip into space with his three friends, Ben was transformed into a hideous creature of craggy, orange stone with superhuman strength. Many find him unsightly, but Ben has maintained his sense of humor and honor—because under that rocky exterior lies an ever-lovin' heart of gold!
Real Name: Benjamin Jacob Grimm
After his parents died, Ben went to live with his Uncle Jake, a successful physician. Ben at first resisted the kindness of Jake and his wife Alyce, but eventually came to return their love. He left his life with the Yancy Street Gang behind, entered high school and became a football star. Earning a scholarship to State University, Ben roomed with scientific genius Reed Richards; the two became best friends. During their first meeting, Reed confided in Ben his intention to build an exploratory starship capable of interstellar travel. Ben jokingly promised he would pilot the craft.
Ben entered the Air Force upon graduation, becoming a highly skilled test pilot and astronaut, while Reed went on to realize his dreams as an aeronautical engineer. When Ben left the military, Reed recruited him to pilot his starship, for which the government had threatened to cut off its funding. Ben was opposed to Reed's idea for an unauthorized test flight, warning that the ship's shielding might prove inadequate protection against intense radiation. But he stood by his best friend, reluctantly consenting to take the pilot's seat. Rounding out the four-person crew were Reed's fiancée Sue Storm and her kid brother Johnny.
In space, Ben tried desperately to maintain control when the starship unexpectedly encountered intense radiation, but was forced to abort the flight. Surviving Ben's crash-landing in the New Jersey woods, all four discovered that the cosmic rays had mutagenically altered their bodies. Ben's freakish transformation was perhaps the most shocking: He was horrified to find that he had become an orange-colored, thick-skinned, heavily muscled, superhumanly strong "thing"—and unlike his friends, he could not return to normal. Grudgingly, the morose Ben agreed to help his friends use their unique powers for humanity's benefit.
Appalled by his monstrous appearance, Ben at first was angered by his situation. Eventually, he grew resigned to his fate—though no less miserable. Early on, Ben would sometimes revert to human form unexpectedly. Although he continues to hope for a lasting cure, neither these changes nor those induced by Reed ever proved permanent.
Ben is his own worst enemy: