Michael B. Jordan Fantastic Four

Michael B. Jordan Cast In ‘Fantastic Four’, Receives Racist Backlash

It was recently announced that Fruitvale Station‘s very own Michael B. Jordan has been cast in the rebooted Fantastic Four as The Human Torch. In the original Fantastic Four Chris Evans played The Human Torch. Now some fans in the Marvel universe are causing a bit of a stir over Michael B. Jordan’s casting, and some believe that this is a huge race issue.

It’s no surprise that there’s a lack of diversity in the Marvel franchise. Outlets have dedicated features to the problem of race inclusion in the Marvel universe. It should also be said that there has yet to be a lead female superhero film (excluding Elektra) in the comic book world (DC and Marvel). Still it begs to be reminded that race is a significant issue and is the unseen face in the comic book universe.

The fact that Fantastic Four now has Michael B. Jordan in an important lead is a big step for the comic book world, but not everyone seems to be happy about that, and thus a backlash has started. The response to Michael B. Jordan’s casting as The Human Torch aka Johnny Storm has been fueled by race.

Back in May it was heavily debated on why Michael B. Jordan was being considered for the role, and people who had initial concerns about the character’s casting had a lot to say about Jordan’s name being thrown into the race. Some had complained that it’s “not about race” and then turning around to complain about how other characters’ races will have to change.

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