How Not To React To News That Michael B. Jordan Is Johnny Storm: A Fanbros Guide
What up FanBros! It’s the Boman here to break down some rumblings on the internet. Hollywood loves reboots and Studios loves to hold onto expiring licenses. Mixing the two together is normally a recipe for mediocrity. But that’s not what we are here to talk about today.The Fantastic Four are heading back to the big screen and much of the buzz so far is steaming from one cast members. Because you know — the internet, which is never satisfied with any casting news ever. Here’s a quick guide as to how you should react to the news that Michael B. Jordan is Johnny Storm.
“OK, so what happened?”
The cast for Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot was revealed. It’s been rumored for months, but it looks like the cast is locked with Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing.
“Should I feel some type of way about this?”
Depends, this is a Fox produced Marvel picture after all.
“No no no, how should I feel about Michael B. Jordan as The Human Torch?”
Your only concerns for Jordan should be the same concerns you share with any actor or actress cast in a non-Marvel produced Marvel film.
“But The Human Torch has always been a white guy, casting Jordan is weird right?”
No, if ever there was a company that had no problems changing the gender, sex or race of their characters’, it would be Marvel. Johnny Storm would be no different.
“But really though, his sister, Sue Storm, is still white, how does that work?”
To quote Jay Z “It’s just different.”
It’s 2014, your perceptions of the nuclear family are outdated. A mix racial household is not going to bring about the destruction of America or the Marvel universe.
“But doesn’t him being black change the dynamic of the Fantastic Four?”
Johnny Storm was a hothead, faster talker and good with the ladies, so no once again.
“So how do I talk about this on Twitter and not sound like an idiot?”
If you preposition your sentences with “I don’t want to sound racist but,” It’s going to sound racist. A good position should never need clarification. So a good decision would be not starting your tweets with that. Also arguing the about protecting the sanctity of a fictional character’s history based on his skin color is probably a little ridiculous too.
“Should I be worried about this film?”
Hold on now, let’s not rush to judgment. Until the film is not screened to critics, try to hold off blatant declarations of whether or not it sucks. However, given the studio’s track record moderate caution and cynicism are OK.
I hope this guide will help and you refer to it while buggin’ out on the internet for the silliest things possible. Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm should be exciting for many reasons. It’s already one of the most daring (not really) and interesting decisions to emerge from a reboot audiences are not asking for or expecting much from. If they keep this up, there may be hope for Fantastic Four yet.