There has been a lot of heated conversation directly tied to Marvel over the last few weeks over their decision to cast Tilda Swinton, a while female, in the part of The Ancient One, who is traditionally an Asian male in the comics. The discussion has largely been targeted towards people being unhappy with Marvel’s decision, often accusing them of whitewashing a character that was traditionally not portrayed in the best way possible.
It became such a hot topic, in fact, that Marvel ended up recently issuing their own statement about the casting after writer C. Robert Cargill made some remarks that did not sit well with a lot of people. Swinton herself has also talked about her portrayal of the character, but this is a no win scenario at this point for Marvel Studios. They have done their best to fan the flames, and this now includes Cargill himself apologizing for what he said. He issued the following statement to the New York Times-
I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but none that I regret as much as choosing to answer a question to which I had no place in speaking. I tried to make it right by clarifying my position on Twitter Monday but unfortunately — perhaps ironically, given that this story gained so much steam on social media — those comments were not picked up by those reporting on my statements from the original podcast. Those original statements were my own personal musings about a character, and although I worked on the film script, I came to the project after the first draft and was not part of any casting discussions or decisions so I had no right or knowledge to speak about them as if I was. It was a moronic decision, and worst of all, I embarrassed my friends and colleagues by coming across as if I were speaking for them. I was not.
I expect this to be the last time Marvel and those involved willingly discuss this extremely touchy subject.
Doctor Strange is scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016.
Source: NY Times.