A Look Back At The MAN-THING Costume From Marvel's 2005 Stinker

Hey, remember the good old days when live-action films based on Marvel characters used to be embarrassing? Let's take a look at the surprisingly cool costume and other various props for 2005's Man-Thing, created by Make-Up Effects Group.

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By nailbiter111 - 8/7/2013


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Agents of an oil tycoon vanish while exploring a swamp marked for drilling. The local sheriff investigates and faces a Seminole legend come to life: Man-Thing, a shambling swamp-monster whose touch burns those who feel fear.


MAN-THING was directed by Brett Leonard ("The Lawnmower Man"), from a screenplay written by Hans Rodionoff ("Lost Boys: The Tribe"). It's based on Marvel Comics creature created by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway. The cast included: Matthew Le Nevez as Sheriff Kyle Williams, Rachael Taylor as Teri Elizabeth Richards, Jack Thompson as Frederic Schist, Rawiri Paratene as Pete Horn, Alex O'Loughlin as Deputy Eric Fraser, Steve Bastoni as Rene LaRoque, Robert Mammone as Mike Ploog, Pat Thompson as Jake Schist and Conan Stevens as Man-Thing. The film was released as a "Sci-Fi Original" on the Sci Fi Channel in 2005.
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Mike89 - 8/7/2013, 12:53 PM
The second one at the top looks like a cross between an ent and the Predator. :P
JoeMomma29 - 8/7/2013, 12:53 PM
Those are some awesome models!
MrMartinMarvel - 8/7/2013, 12:55 PM
I've never seen this movie, don't plan to.
maryboo - 8/7/2013, 12:55 PM
That's basically just Swamp Thing.
DrRockit13 - 8/7/2013, 12:56 PM
Could be a cool movie and FIRST
DrRockit13 - 8/7/2013, 12:56 PM
Dangit
Rothwilder - 8/7/2013, 12:56 PM
That movie failed on every level. FEAR BURNS AT THE MAN THINGS TOUCH! How hard is that?
valeriesghost - 8/7/2013, 12:56 PM
wow, i miss practicle effects. These look great
fettastic - 8/7/2013, 12:57 PM
It's just a very un-special movie. Played very much like a Syfy original movie. I understand the idea of keeping Man-Thing in the background. That's not a completely horrible concept, but you have to balance that with something interesting going on in the foreground and unfortunately it was just townie cops going "Damn, what coulda dun dat?" for 90 minutes. And then the "pay-off" at the end was really weak.

If it were condensed down to 42 minutes it would have been an acceptable episode of Masters of Horror or something, but ti certainly failed at being a movie.
Praetorian - 8/7/2013, 1:00 PM
It looks like [frick]ing Swamp Thing
novaprime - 8/7/2013, 1:05 PM
This Looks Amazing!!! But it looks nothing like the Manthing of that Shitty movie SciFi Played!!!!! Guillermo deltoro should do a Movie
CarlXVIGarfield - 8/7/2013, 1:05 PM
Is that really Man Thing?! Looks like Swamp Thing!
patrat18 - 8/7/2013, 1:06 PM
uhh swamp thing??
BackwardGalaxy - 8/7/2013, 1:11 PM
Wasn't Ron Perlman in this? /jk
nailbiter111 - 8/7/2013, 1:12 PM
fun fact: man-thing first appeared in a comic 2 months before swamp thing.
fettastic - 8/7/2013, 1:13 PM
I agree he looks more like Sawmp Thing than Man-Thing...except for that ridiculous tree fro.

And yes it IS the suit from the movie.

Nubase - 8/7/2013, 1:14 PM
what utter crap.. could be better then iron man 3 though
Karmatron - 8/7/2013, 1:16 PM
Only Marvel Studios Movies are perfection, perfect cast, perfect acting, perfect special FX's.
Other Studios produce pieces of s#it:
-Fox
-Sony
-Warner
-Any other who is not Marvel Studios even if it is about Marvel properties

*by Marvel Studios Supremacists "Fans"

Poor people like them gives us real comic book fans bad names. What a shame must be them :(

I really love CBM's from all studios and not a fruging supremacist
nailbiter111 - 8/7/2013, 1:17 PM
McGee - lol
LRascal - 8/7/2013, 1:18 PM
When all put together it looked more like a Man-Thing.
At one point Marvel sued DC because Swampthing was too similar to Man-Thing. The case was thrown out because both are knock offs of The Heap.
SnapperCarr - 8/7/2013, 1:23 PM
Even Howard the Duck was better than this shit.
ManDeth - 8/7/2013, 1:24 PM
Never watched it but the costume was perfect except for the antlers.

Still, I'd love for CBMs to take a break from superguys and superpowers and feature Swamp Thing, Deadman, Son Of Satan. Getting a bit burned out on the CGI shit like Man Of Steel.
fettastic - 8/7/2013, 1:24 PM
@LRascal, very interesting. I had never heard of The Heap before, but judging from this cover, Man-Thing was clearly a rip-off of it.

FantasticSpidey - 8/7/2013, 1:27 PM
Aside from it looking like a high budget remake of Swamp Thing from the 80s (i mean some shots look identical) with a the fat old lady from Poltergeist thrown in...

It didnt look half bad. No worse than FOXs attempts to make movies.
SnapperCarr - 8/7/2013, 1:29 PM
B&Y always spicing up every thread.
SimyJo - 8/7/2013, 1:31 PM
Awesome models! - take that CGI! - Looks like his Bark is worse than his bite!



*BADOOMTISH*



*Available for weddings and bar-mitzvahs*
wulflycanwolvie - 8/7/2013, 1:42 PM
this needs to be redone under marvel studios, then lets get the rest of the legion of monsters on board, werewolf by night, morbius, and the rest. It could be Marvel studios next phase, let them all have single movie then a big one like the avengers with all of them in it. Me personally, werewolf by night is my favorite marvel character with wolverine a close 2nd
Brainiac13 - 8/7/2013, 1:59 PM
My Man-Thing DVD came through the post yesterday.....I got it from Amazon for £2.75.

I hope its worth it! LOL!
Inhuman - 8/7/2013, 2:01 PM
I have this movie lol
PeterDarker - 8/7/2013, 2:19 PM
1. Man Thing looks like Swamp-Thing cause thats all he basically is.

2. This is from the 2005 movie.

3. The movie did suck, but the effects were great. Especially for having such a small budget.

4. @McGee, I can't ever hear "Wild Thing" without thinking about that god awful theme song...and it's been more than a decade since I heard it so...thanks for that.
PeterDarker - 8/7/2013, 2:22 PM
Who else remembers that Swamp Thing TV series that was on USA network? I totally forgot about it until just now. It lasted 3 seasons. Might be due for a re-watching.
thatcoldblackcloud - 8/7/2013, 2:30 PM
Two words: SWAMP. THING.
sedlacek50 - 8/7/2013, 3:16 PM
Did Marvel get the rights back from Lionsgate. The more characters at Marvel the better.
JettJagguarrr - 8/7/2013, 3:21 PM
Um......why don't we revisit some of DC comics trashy attempts like Catwoman and Johna Hex? Man-Thing was garbage and made for cable television with a budget well under those two DC Classics.
GUNSMITH - 8/7/2013, 3:24 PM
IF MAN THING STILL HAD THE MIND OF TED SALLIS AND WAS CURSED TO BE STUCK IN THAT HIDEOUS FORM AND KNEW IT THAT WOULD MAKE MAN THING SO SO SOOOOO MUCH COOLER..CAUSE HONESTLY HE'S JUST A BIG LUMBERING DUMB MOUNTAIN OF SWAMP CRAP...



.... NOW SEE THIS IS WHERE SWAMP THING IS WAY BETTER THAN MAN THING CAUSE HE DOES THINK, HE HAS MORE LAYERS TO HIM WICH MAKES HIM WAY MORE INTERESTING..
ComicFan1134 - 8/7/2013, 3:35 PM
No Giant Sized Man-Thing Jokes? And Bravo To blackandyellow, What A Nice Pic!!
JackJNapier - 8/7/2013, 3:56 PM
@BAMF1975

To be fair, The Vision appeared only two months after Red Tornado in 1968.
Bam - 8/7/2013, 4:09 PM
The behind the scense stuff look amazing but the trailer looks like a Syfy original
sideshow06 - 8/7/2013, 4:15 PM
You know what would have made this a hundred times better. Not calling it MAN-THING. Seriously? Man-Thing? It looks like a terrible movie with way better effects than it (or SyFy) deserves. But Man-Thing? Groan...
titansupes - 8/7/2013, 6:58 PM
There was a Man-Thing movie? The hell?!
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