Marvel has found itself coming in for criticism recently due to the casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in Doctor Strange, with some accusing the studio of “whitewashing” the character, who is of Tibetan origin in the comic books.
Tilda Swinton has already responded to the criticism, stating earlier this week that “it’s not actually an Asian character” that she is portraying in the movie, and now Marvel has released its own statement via Mashable.
“Marvel has a very strong record of diversity in its casting of films and regularly departs from stereotypes and source material to bring its MCU to life. The Ancient One is a title that is not exclusively held by any one character, but rather a moniker passed down through time, and in this particular film the embodiment is Celtic. We are very proud to have the enormously talented Tilda Swinton portray this unique and complex character alongside our richly diverse cast.”
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Is it a wise move on Marvel’s part to avoid a racial stereotype, or could they updated the character with an Asian actor in the role? Does it matter? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
“Doctor Strange follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.”
Doctor Strange is set for release on October 28th in the UK and November 4th in the US, with Scott Derrickson (Sinister) with a cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer) as The Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) as Baron Mordo, Benedict Wong (The Martian) as Wong and Rachel McAdams (True Detective) and Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) in as-yet-unconfirmed roles.
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