Marvel Studios ‘ Doctor Strange was a hit when it landed in theaters in 2016. However, the film came under criticism due to its casting of several white actors, calling many to say that the studio had cleared its cast.
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In a recent interview with Men’s Health, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige admitted to the mistakes and said he regretted the way they were proceeding. One of the biggest criticisms the film faced upon its release was the fact that Tilda Swinton was cast for The Ancient One. While Feige and the folks at Marvel thought they were a bit subversive in their cast, it didn’t work.
“We thought we were so smart and forward thinking,” Feige explained. “We are not going to make the cliché of the old Asian man, old-fashioned and wise. But it was a wake-up call to say, ‘Well, wait a minute, is there another way to figure it out? Is there another way both not to fall for the cliché and to cast an Asian actor? And the answer to that, of course, is yes.
Feige acknowledged that things could have been handled better, and from the sound of it, it looks like the company is doing a much better job of figuring out how to be more inclusive going forward. With Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on the horizon, it will be interesting to see how the the film handles future character introductions and casting choices.
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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness sees the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as he reprise his role as Dr Stephen Strange. This time around, the Supreme Wizard will be joined by Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlett Witch, coming out of the critical success of WandaVision. The sequel is described as the first MCU horror film and is expected to tie in with the events of WandaVision, Loki and Spider-Man: No Coming Home.