Read Stan Lee's nuanced take on Michael B. Jordan's Human Torch controversy

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Jul 27, 2015

Fans have been grumbling and rumbling about Michael B. Jordan’s casting as the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four reboot for two years now, but what does the man who created the character think about the change-up?

Though Jordan has the perfect attitude to play a young Johnny Storm, many fans took umbrage at the fact that director Josh Trank cast an African-American actor in a super-role that had traditionally been white. Entertainment Weekly caught up with comic legend Stan Lee, who created the Fantastic Four, to ask him about the controversy. 

Not surprisingly, the 92-year-old had some wisdom to drop on the fandom at large. According to Lee, it’s not so much about racism — it’s just that fans hate change. Check out an excerpt from his comments below:

“They’re outraged not because of any personal prejudice. They’re outraged because they hate to see any change made on a series and characters they had gotten familiar with. In Spider-Man, when they got a new actor, that bothered them, even though it was a white actor. I don’t think it had to do with racial prejudice as much as they don’t like things changed.

But I think they’re gonna get to love this character. So I’m not the least bit worried about it. I always tried to pepper these groups with as much racial diversity as possible because that’s the way the world is…It was more than okay. I thought it was a great idea!”

We’re still waiting for some critical takes on Fantastic Four ahead of the film’s Aug. 7 opening, though Lee’s comments are certainly encouraging. What do you think? Did Lee hit the nail on the head with his assessment?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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