I’m concerned about Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm… and it doesn’t make me racist.

From left to right: Miles Teller (Reed Richards), Kate Mara (Sue Storm), Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm) and Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm). (Photo credit: Variety)
From left to right: Miles Teller (Reed Richards), Kate Mara (Sue Storm), Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm) and Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm). (Photo credit: Variety)

Nerds the world over lost their shit today when Fox confirmed rumours circulating in the wind since last year that the studio had finally found their new Fantastic Four in a scheduled movie reboot that will likely be based on Marvel’s Ultimate universe iteration of the superhero team. In particular, nerds were shocked at the confirmed news that Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station, Chronicle)¬†would be cast in the role of Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch.

More specifically, they were horrified that a Black actor would be playing a character who is both White and Sue Storm’s brother in the comics.

On the flip side, enthusiasts are quick to argue that anyone who’s upset about this news are clearly¬†racist. And, to be true, there’s plenty of racism flying around the interwebs today over Jordan’s casting, most notably on Twitter.

But, let me be clear: I’m somewhere in the middle.

And, more importantly, that make me neither someone who doesn’t give a shit about diversity in comics, nor a seething racist. Yes, people, there is a third position to have here.

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