Stan Lee approves of Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch in Fantastic Four

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There are many who aren’t fans of Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Stan Lee isn’t one of them, since he supports it.

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lee said that director Josh Trank casting Jordan as Johnny Storm “was more than okay.”

To drive that point home, he said, “I thought it was a great idea!”

Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four comics is known to many as a white character. With Jordan, a black actor, being chosen to portray the popular character, many fans protested. Lee defended the haters by saying that they’re not racist or bigots, since they are just passionate about the characters they’ve grown up with and don’t like change.

“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.”

Lee has co-created some popular black superheroes including Black Panther and The Falcon, so you know he’s okay with making the superhero universe diverse.

“I think they’re gonna get to love this character,” he told EW. “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.”

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Fantastic Four hits theaters on August 7, 2015.

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