I agree with Stan - to an extent.
If you can count on the Internet fans for one thing it is their ability to bitch and moan about any change made from a comic film’s source material, regardless of what that change actually is.
That being said, regarding this as a blanket black and white situation (pun I guess intended) does a massive disservice to the complexity of the situation.
That is to say, when the change is one regarding any person of non-white/ non-western persuasion or even sometimes as the case often is, a change of gender, it is always more personal and angered.
Casting Ben Affleck as Batman gets two sides: the people for it, and the people against it. Changing Thor to a woman in the comics however garners more because it draws in supporters and detractors from an entirely separate and entirely more personal side of the broader mass of conversations taking place in the Internet. It draws in the people from the rights crowds. In the case of Michael B. Jordan’s casting as Johnny the extra discussion comes from the people on either side of the racial rights crowd.
You can’t deny that with America the way it is, so publicly showing itself to be so viciously racist to the very core of its superstructure, that conversations about race have bleed over into the stakes at place in the real world, even when that talk about race is only the casting of an actor in a silly superhero movie.
When this happens the noise is louder because there are more people involved with more personal stakes, again, whether that’s the righteous people in support of progressive thinking, or the hate filled types who get bent out of shape over other people’s lives, that is irrelevant. The news outlets see it as more of a big deal because the numbers discussing it are bigger, they cover it more, the continued issue of it carries on because it is seen and more people react. It becomes like a self-perpetuating cycle.
So I do agree with Stan Lee, there is generally a fuss over any change made at any given time. The volume and the stakes of the fuss/conversation cannot be denied though, the nature and the importance of the fuss/discussion this time is something with a bit more to it than the usual bickering. He’s basically right bless him, but a tiny bit naive.