In the 2005 Fantastic Four movie, it's shown that the eponymous characters (plus Victor von Doom) go to a space station to study a cosmic storm. After some miscalculations, the storm is upon them, and Ben Grimm is outside the station while the rest is inside, protected by a shield. So, the “obvious” scenario is that since Ben is outside, he receives way more radiation than the rest of the team.

However, what really happens is that the shield breaks, leaving all of them exposed, wearing nothing more than their blue suits. But Ben was already outside, and he was wearing a spacesuit, giving him (a little) more protection than the others.

So, why is Ben the most affected by this catastrophe, when he was in fact the most protected one? Is this an error in the film, or is there any other circumstance that actually made him more vulnerable?

SUE: How come Ben can't turn it on and off like us?

REED: That's what we're here to find out.

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    what makes you think he was? – stonemetal Oct 7 '14 at 1:08
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    The fact that he's constantly a rock. For comparison, Reed stretches, but can stay in his base form, Sue is visible most of the time, and Johnny is not always on fire. Also, Reed himself says Ben is the most affected (I don't have the exact quote right now). – Arturo Torres Sánchez Oct 7 '14 at 1:24
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    The station itself provides shielding. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Oct 7 '14 at 3:43
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    He's not "more affected," he's just differently affected. I would argue Susan was the most affected since she got two completely different powers unlike the other three. – Jay Vogler Oct 7 '14 at 5:59
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    I still consider the fact that he can't control his rockiness a more severe effect (having control of something is not an appearance). – Arturo Torres Sánchez Oct 7 '14 at 13:43

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