Michael Davis: The Fire Next Time

Michael Davis

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  1. I’m assuming this is the next film, as opposed to the comic. Making a change like that in the comic would be a challenge because you’d pretty much have to reboot from scratch.

    I’d be totally cool with Johnny Storm being black. But assuming nothing else changed about where and how the Storm family lived, he’d be a young black man raised in a suburban environment by a loving family with a pretty okay income, even if they did have to take in boarders. So he wouldn’t fit the “hip (urban) black teen” that most people would expect in that role. That might actually mute the protest from some quarters, and increase it in others.

    I think it would be a much harder sell is Sue Storm were black. Because not only would you have a black female lead, you’d have one in a (blooming, at least) relationship with a white guy. I can see the letters now.

    They’d probably try to soften the blow by going with one of those multi-ethnic girls that are so hot right now, with vaguely ethnic features that make them sort of generically, but non-threateningly, exotic.

    Like Jessica Alba.

  2. mike weber says:

    Oh, well.

    I was upset at a black Nick Fury.

    Because, for me, Nick Fury is that guy who fought in WW2 and is apparently immortal.

    I picked up Sergeant Fury with its first issue. I have a mental image for the name “Nick Fury” that is immutably Caucasian.

    That said, character-wise, Samuel L Jackson nails it.

    • I didn’t have a problem with a black Nick Fury in the Ultimate comics, cause the rules are all different there and it’s not the same history and besides I didn’t read it.

      I didn’t mind a black Nick Fury in the movies, cause again, different history, and hey, Sam Jackson.

      I wasn’t upset, but I was confused when the black Nick fury started showing up in the regular mainstream marvel books. So I asked Tom Brevoort, and he explained that this is “our” Nick’s son.

      What it really is, is a clever way to make the current Marvel Comics look more like the movies, so that any new readers who’ve seen the movies don’t pick up the books and ask “Who’s this old white man running SHIELD?”

      • mike weber says:

        I have no problem with the Ultimate Fury, because, as you, i never read it and so on.

        Since i haven’t read a Marvel comic in a year or so (and DC even longer), how would they explain that the Nick’s-son-Nick-Fury-jr character has an eyepatch, too? (I assume he does.)

        • mike weber says:

          Also, i have to question your use (unless meant sardonically) of the word “clever”, there.