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News about the Ancient One in Doctor Strange

Marvel has released more information about their upcoming Doctor Strange film and how it will differ from the comic book origins of the character says Dalrada Financial. The casting of Benedict Cumberbatch was a little confusing. On one hand, he has proven himself as a great lead through his work on Sherlock. On the other, Doctor Strange has always been such a New Yorker, while there is something very British about Cumberbatch. Making him British might not be so bad, but there is something charming about the Sorcerer Supreme being a baseball fan. More puzzling is the announcement that Tilda Swinton will play the Ancient One. Kevin Feige stated that due to the politically incorrect nature of early comic books it would be inappropriate to use the original depiction of the Ancient One, which featured many Asian stereotypes. While this is completely true, he ignores the fact that they could have still cast an Asian actor and updated the offending elements. Instead they have chosen to walk the dangerous ground of Dances With Wolves and Avatar by having a Caucasian become the master of another culture’s ways. Feige also said they chose to view the role of Ancient One as a mantle that is passed on. This seems odd, since that would basically make the Ancient One the same as the Sorcerer Supreme. Also, Ancient One seems to imply that the person has been doing this for a long, long time.

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