The next feature film on the Marvel calendar is Doctor Strange. The film has already raised many eyebrows with the casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, a character that was a Tibetan man in the comic books. There have been cries of the film being white-washed with her casting, and Marvel choosing to cater to the Chinese film market rather than bring light to the current political scene in Tibet.
Marvel has previously said that The Ancient One is a title, rather than a specific character, and that Swinton’s character is Celtic, rather than Tibetan. Swinton recently shared with Entertainment Weekly that she appreciates the conversation that has come about because of her casting.
“Anybody calling for more accurate representation of the diverse world we live in has got me standing right beside them,” says Swinton. “I think when people see this film, they’re going to see that it comes from a very diverse place, in all sorts of ways. Maybe this misunderstanding around this film has been an opportunity for that voice to be heard, and I’m not against that at all. But I do think that when people see the film, they’ll see that it’s not necessarily a target for that voice.”
Fans, so far, have only seen a few teasers and a trailer for Doctor Strange, which haven’t really shown the rich diversity that people behind the project keep promising. It’s possible that those who are upset over her casting are not going to be appeased until they are given some proof of that diversity. Until then, what do you think of Swinton’s reaction to the uproar over her casting? Feel free to have a conversation regarding the diversity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and where Doctor Strange can take it, in the comments!
Source: Entertainment Weekly