Doctor Strange and Avengers star Tilda Swinton recently opened up about the controversy surrounding her being cast as the Ancient One.
Marvel Studios continues to add diversity to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Kevin Feige recently shared that he regrets casting Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One instead of going with an Asian man in the role. In an interview with Variety, Swinton was “very, very grateful that he said that” in response to Feige’s comments:
“I remember at the time having a question mark in my own mind, and being attendant to the public response to the idea that a Scottish woman will be playing this character, and being aware that there was no resistance at all — there was widespread welcome — which shifted at a certain point, for very good reasons with which I had an enormous amount of sympathy.”
Tilda Swinton also shared she has regrets of her own, alluding to an incident with Margaret Cho where the comedian revealed she was offended when asked by the Doctor Strange star why “Asian people were so mad”:
“I made a questionable decision to reach out to somebody in a certain way, which was naive and clearly confusing, because their misunderstanding came about because of it… I was embarrassed that I had maybe gone up a blind alley in starting the correspondence in the first place — maybe I had confused matters — but beyond that, I have zero regrets.”
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Tilda Swinton last appeared as the Ancient One in Avengers: Endgame:
The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”
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