“Jessica Alba was a Latina who was forced to dye her hair blonde”: Marvel Fans Are Still Pissed With Behind the Scene Disasters in Fantastic Four

Jessica Alba was allegedly whitewashed by Marvel to look more White for the role of Sue Storm.

"Jessica Alba was a Latina who was forced to dye her hair blonde": Marvel Fans Are Still Pissed With Behind the Scene Disasters in Fantastic Four

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  • Marvel Studios recently announced the cast for the 'Fantastic Four' reboot.
  • Jessica Alba, who played a previous iteration of Sue Storm, was said to be Whitewashed.
  • Fans argue that she was just doing her job as an actor and had nothing on looking more white.
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This Valentine’s Day, Marvel Studios finally announced the cast for the Fantastic Four reboot. The MCU finally has the new cast members joining the fam, and audiences will see Pedro Pascal, Vanessa Kirby, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Joseph Quinn as the First Family of Marvel. Pascal will play the Fantastic leader, Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic, Kirby will play Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Joseph Quinn will be Johnny Storm/the Human Torch, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach will play Ben Grimm/The Thing.

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Past Fantastic Four films have been quite underhwlming
Fantastic Four (2005) cast

Ever since the casting was revealed, while most fans seem excited, as they were eagerly waiting to know who will play these beloved characters in this latest iteration, there are some who are not very happy with the names announced. The most talked about of the lot has been Pedro Pascal, whose casting was probably the least surprising, given all the rumors that were floating around the internet. And still, his casting has managed to make the most noise. And this noise has a lot to do with another Marvel/F4 alum, Jessica Alba.

Jessica Alba Gets Dragged Into The Latest Fantastic Four Casting Debate

Jessica Alba played Sue Storm, aka Invisible Woman, in the first Fantastic Four film, which came out in 2005. The cast for the 2005 movie also saw Ioan Gruffudd play Reed Richard, Chris Evans as Johnny Storm, and Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm. But some fans, after some behind-the-scenes reports came out, were unhappy with how Jessica Alba was made to make adjustments to her looks to play the character.

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Recently, the X user posted saying Jessica Alba, who is a Latina, was forced to dye her hair blonde and wear blue contacts to look more white. This led to a host of debates online, especially since some fans were already talking about Pedro Pascal, another Latino, who has been cast as Reed Richard in the recent reboot. The user thinks Marvel will again pull the same stunt with Pascal to make him resemble a White person.

The cast of Marvel Studios' The Fantastic Four on the movie's poster
The cast of Marvel Studios’ The Fantastic Four on the movie’s poster. Art by Wesley Burt

But did Marvel really force the actress to look more white? Or was this just about an actor doing their part for a character they are playing? Although it is true that Alba had to face some troubles while filming, like when she was asked to cry pretty, that does not equate to her being whitewashed.

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Was Jessica Alba Forced Into Whitewashing for Fantastic Four?

Jessica Alba once said she did not like playing Latina characters, as it felt like being stereotyped. Talking to USA Today (via Latin Trends), she said,

“For me, I never wanted to reinforce any stereotypes about Latin women, and that was why I’ve shied away from Latin characters I’ve been offered. Most of them reinforced the stigmas.”

Jessica Alba in Fantastic Four
Jessica Alba in Fantastic Four

Fans have also reinforced this, saying it was never about her being whitewashed for a role. Alba has played mostly English parts early in her career as she did not want to be boxed into certain roles. She even got into trouble for saying that she did not want to play Latinas on-screen. Replying to the X user’s claims of Alba being forced to look more white, others came to share their own opinion.

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You can watch Jessica Alba and the team as the First Family of Marvel in Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), available for streaming on Disney+.

The latest Fantastic Four reboot is set to release on July 25, 2025.

Swagata Das

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