Lifestyle: Marvel denies whitewashing ‘Doctor Strange’ to appease China

(From Hollywood Reporter)

In the face of stinging criticism that it ‘whitewashed’ the characters in Doctor Strange, Marvel has moved to defend the casting of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, a move even the screenwriter of the film hinted was to appease Chinese sensibilities.


A still from ‘Doctor Strange.’

In a statement released to Mashable, Marvel defended its casting record saying that it had a “very strong record of diversity” and that it “regularly departs from stereotypes and source material to bring its MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) to life.”

The studio also added background information on the Ancient One, which would make Swinton’s casting plausible if not more palatable. “The Ancient One is a title that is not exclusively held by any one character, but rather a moniker passed down through time, and in this particular film the embodiment is Celtic.” Read More

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