Fantastic Four international trailer

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Fantastic Four: Michael B Jordan responds to criticism he can’t play a ‘white character’.

After online commenters expressed their displeasure over the fact that the actor is playing a character who was blond and blue-eyed in the comic, the “Friday Night Lights” and “Fruitvale Station” star penned an essay in Entertainment Weekly addressing the topic: Sometimes you have to be the person who stands up and says, “I’ll be the one to shoulder all this hate.Despite the sci-fi world’s attempt to cast more ethnically diverse actors in its big movies, hard core fans are struggling to embrace the possibility of non-white lead characters.The 28-year-old star, who has been casted as Johnny Storm in the flick, said that he didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying as they might be doing it because Obama is the US president and it’s not true to the comic, reported Us magazine. The ‘Fruitvale Station’ star added that the haters have destroyed it and that some people are looking at his casting as political correctness or an attempt to meet a racial quota.

Moreover, the ‘That Awkward Moment’ star said to his haters “get your head out of the computer,” asking them to look at the people walking next to them and just understand that this is the world they are living in. He said he did not expect the world to “forget 50 years of comic books”, but said society was a “more diverse place” than when the first edition of Fantastic Four came out in 1961.

Comic book fans around the world are eagerly awaiting the release of this summer’s Fantastic Four, but it’s easy to see that some are happier than others about the film. Storm and his sister Sue (“The Invisible Woman”) had always been portrayed as white in the Fantastic Four comics (and those godawful early 2000s films, where they transformed Hispanic Jessica Alba into a blonde-haired, blue-eyed WASP), so some fans couldn’t accept the idea that a black man would be stepping into those shoes. This is a family movie about four friends—two of whom are myself and Kate Mara as my adopted sister—who are brought together by a series of unfortunate events to create unity and a team. Could it be because Fury isn’t meant to be a character the public focuses on as a “hero,” more of a shadowy figure playing puppeteer behind the scenes?

Marvel didn’t introduce its first major black superhero until 1966 (Black Panther) and its first specifically African American superhero until 1969 (Falcon). The non-white, non-American characters are more or less reduced to Sentinel bait—we get to see the black characters of Bishop and Storm, the Latino Sunspot, the Asian Blink and the Native American Warpath all massacred by giant mutant-hunting robots. When one considers how often black characters have been downplayed or revised in favor of white characters, deciding to go in the opposite direction isn’t so much the “politically correct” thing to do—it’s absolutely necessary if we’re going to combat the cultural tendency to prefer white faces over all else.

But that doesn’t mean that all-white superhero teams and characters must be set in stone; especially if we recognize that these books being all-white in the first place was the result of white supremacist culture. The image of the superpowered white man coming to save the day is ingrained in our consciousness—and is, of course, just one facet of how whiteness and white supremacy has been communalized all over the world.

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