Benjamin Grimm is an adult male. He presents with thick, rock-like orange skin, the result of exposure to cosmic rays. This cellular change is a permanent alteration of his body on every level, making him stronger, able to handle a wider range of temperatures than an average person could, and more physically resilient. However, a medical exam by the staff here also establishes that in terms of bodily structure (organs, joints, and so on) and functions, the client remains decidedly human.
Not only did this self-revelation shake Grimm, but the reality of what he did under the sway of the talisman, the things he said and the destruction he wreaked, has caused him tremendous guilt.
Also as of late, the client has been forced to repeatedly confront mortality, first with the seeming death of his teammate and friend Johnny Storm (best known as the Fantastic Four’s Human Torch) and then via the seemingly unstoppable cellular degeneration of he, Storm, and the other two members of the Fantastic Four, Reed and Sue Richards (Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman, respectively). This may have come as a particular shock to Grimm as other research and information had previously suggested that he might be nigh immortal, given how his cellular alteration slowed or stopped the normal breakdown a human body undergoes as they age.
Finally, after months in space, Grimm seems somewhat unsure of his place back on Earth. For an extended period, he has spent more time not here than here and has missed developments with his niece and nephew, relationships he clearly values, and has not had opportunities to heal some of the wounds left behind after the incident with Asgardian hammers. For a man already uncomfortable in his skin, this sense of being ill at ease can lead to withdrawal, depression, and perhaps acts of self sabotage.
Benjamin Grimm’s next appointment is set for February 19 with Doctors James Robinson and Leonard Kirk. Their report can be located in the file labeled FANTASTIC FOUR #1.
Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant and Psychology intern at a small(ish) university in New York City.