The story of Ben Grimm was seemingly close to his Earth-616 counterpart until the day when he and Dr. Franklin Storm, his son Johnny Storm, and his daughter Susan Storm, went into space and crash-landed. This experience led to them becoming the Fantastic Four dedicated to protecting the Earth.
This enormous-sized Thing was later convinced by God Emperor Doom to sacrifice himself to become one with The Shield, the defensive wall of Battleworld, to protect its citizens from the dangers of New Xandar, Perfection, and the Deadlands.
Thing remained a part of the Shield for years until he had a talk with Thanos from Earth-616 who was being held in the Shield's detention level. Thanos revealed to Thing that Doom had lied to him all along and that Battleworld was simply an artificial creation of Doom's. Thanos claimed that Doom made him become a wall because Doom feared his power. Thing became enraged after learning the truth. He rose from the ground and marched toward Doomstadt to confront Doom while taking a massive portion of the Shield with him.
When the war against Doom arrived on his doorstep of Doomstadt, Thing joined the brawl and easily destroyed anything in his way. Franklin von Doom opposed him using his Galactus, and Thing decided to surrender after learning the kid he was fighting was the son of Sue Storm. Galactus showed him no mercy; however, and blew away most of Thing's upper body with a blast of energy.
- Habitable Anatomy: Ben Grimm of the Shield was, essentially, living architecture. He could house countless denizens of different corners of battleworld within himself as well as change around the settings of the domiciles built within him.
- Amalgamorphing: Thing is for all intents and purposes fused to the surroundings he's shifted in. Whenever he moves or changes the Wall changes alongside him as a consequence.
- Tom Brevoort indicated on Tumblr that All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe #1 was mistaken about this character being the brainwashed Earth-616 iteration.
- 6 appearance(s) of Benjamin Grimm (Earth-15513)
- 1 minor appearance(s) of Benjamin Grimm (Earth-15513)
- 7 image(s) of Benjamin Grimm (Earth-15513)