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Anthony Mackie Has A Few Words For Fanboys Upset Over Michael B. Jordan’s 'Fantastic Four' Casting

by Dankwa Brooks
March 5, 2014 1:00 PM
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Now a black superhero himself, playing “Falcon” in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, you should have expected that Anthony Mackie would have something to say about fanboy backlash against Michael B. Jordan being cast as the “Human Torch” in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.

Mackie shared his thoughts in an interview with, stating: It’s crazy how much they know, and if you deter from that, it’s like ‘Well, that’s not authentic.’ You know it’s not real. It’s made-up, so we can change it. ‘No, no, that’s not right. No, he’s real.’ Alright.

He also makes it clear about his friendship with MBJ and the reality of superheroes, adding: “Michael B. Jordan is a very good friend of mine. I’ve known him since he was a teenager, and I’m so happy, for more than anybody else for him to be getting the accolades he’s getting, because he deserves it… I think with these type of movies, everything else aside, you need a good actor. Michael B. Jordan is a good actor, black or white. So what you have to realize is, and go back and forth and just say, ‘Superman can’t fly, Batman ain’t real, the Human Torch don’t really set himself on fire and fly around the room, so he can look like whatever they want him to look like.’ You just have to allow yourself to see him that way. And if you can’t do that, that says something about you.

What Mackie said seems like common sense, but it’s a shame that some people just don’t see it that way, and by "some people," I mean fanboys. Maybe it will give fanboys some solace to lean that the producer on this reboot of Fantastic Four, Matthew Vaughn (director of X-Men: First Class) said that this reboot will be darker than the previous installments.

Via Empire Magazine, Vaughn stated “Its a total reboot, that’s for sure. It’s got nothing to do with the other bloody ones. It’s not stretchy guy and a guy running around in rock that looks like it’s made of polystyrene. And its not a comedy.

Truthfully, a comment Michael B. Jordan made about the brouhaha, when TMZ caught up with him recently,  says it all: “They’re still going to see anyway.

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  • Joseph | March 6, 2014 4:49 PMReply

    Wesley Snipes did three movies as the star of the Marvel Superhero "Blade", Michael Jai White portrayed the superhero "Spawn", & Halle Berry was the star of "Catwoman". In the comedy arena we had Robert Townsend as "The Meteor Man", & Damon Wayans as "Blankman". Now, except for "Blade", none of the other films had sequels, so the time is ripe for an original Black Superhero Franchise to appear. The late author L.A. Banks wrote a series of books featuring a young, black female vampire hunter named "Minion". It has been reported that a film series franchise will be made of those twelve titles of her books. Time will tell if it comes to fruition. I applaud any Black actor who is able to secure one of these roles. I'll be watching.

  • Melody | March 5, 2014 5:48 PMReply

    Caracas-I think they're saying why couldn't Sue have been black since her sibling is? It's just another point. In all these superhero movies, they've crossed boundaries with black male casting. They've had Idris Elba take a unique roll, one of the howling commandos was black on the first Cap movie, now Falcon, Dijmon, Samuel L. Jackson's role was originally white. Morgan Freeman in the batman series. As far as sisters there's Storm barely and Gamora is technically a green alien but still nice to see. Think they'll switch a white female superhero any time soon? Just something to consider.

    Anthony's point is great and hopefully more doors will open for diversity in these roles in general.

  • Melody | March 5, 2014 9:49 PM

    Forgot Don Cheadle as War Machine too.

  • Daryl | March 5, 2014 3:02 PMReply

    Who cares in the end this doesn't mean nothing for black actors in general because we have starred and been part of ensemble piece or a white character in a comic book changed to black for the big screen before that generated a big box office. I would like to see a black superhero movie produced, written and directed by black folks to be a big office hit, then we are talking about something. Too many us get excited in being tokens and pawns in white hollywood game.

  • Jye | March 6, 2014 9:14 AM

    Daryl, the only movies that I can think of that had a main black superhero was "Hancock". I wasn't particularly fond of the way his hero was portrayed (i'm not a big fan of the "antihero type of hero) but at least he was black. I think Will was also the producer, the production budget was $150Mil and the movie went on to gross $624.3Mil world wide. Now if we can get a black director and a black writer attached to one of these films we'll be doing something.

  • Dominique | March 5, 2014 1:25 PMReply

    So sad the media is ignoring a specific point that "fanboys" are making about Michael B. Jordan’s 'Fantastic Four' casting. Its the SISTER aspect that they're not responding to. Why isn't Sue Storm also black if they're siblings?

  • jye | March 6, 2014 9:18 AM

    I think they're trying to test the waters with this one. We all know white people are reluctant to see a black person in a big screen/big budget movie where he's not playing a buffoon or a drag queen so while "we're" ready for it the majority (and white people still outnumber us) still are not ready to see this yet. Until we get some black folks in hollywood that have the big money to put behind these types of movie (i.e. Oprah, Bill Cosby, even Ice Cube) this is what we're gonna be seeing for a while.

  • C | March 5, 2014 2:57 PM

    Last "Fantastic Four", Jessica Alba was Chris Evans's sister, also from two different ethnic backgrounds. Though, Jessica dyed her hair and wore contact lenses. But, it's true, why not? Couldn't Jordan and Kate Mara play mixed raced siblings or siblings with different fathers or mothers, without any adoption story.

  • @JayTeeDee | March 5, 2014 2:50 PM

    Are you being serious?

  • Caracas | March 5, 2014 1:50 PM

    Why does she have to be? The same reasons Mackie gives for why Human Torch can be black apply to Sue Storm as well. It's a fantasy make-believe world in which a man can stretch his body to realistically impossible dimensions, another one is made of stone, and another one can turn into a blaze of fire, and you're questioning why two siblings aren't the same skin color? Seriously? Use your head man.

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