Marvel Defends Tilda Swinton Casting – Marvel has responded to the criticism of casting Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in Doctor Strange.
With the original fictional character a Tibetan, many have accused Marvel of “whitewashing,” claiming Marvel should have looked for a racially more suitable actress to play the part.
Marvel have responded to the criticism in a new statement, saying Swinton was playing a new role and the known fictional character.
The statement read: “Marvel has a very strong record of diversity in its casting of films and regularly departs from stereotypes and source material to bring its MCU to life. 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. We are very proud to have the enormously talented Tilda Swinton portray this unique and complex character alongside our richly diverse cast.”