Superhero franchises have been criticized for not being diverse, but Marvel is taking a step in the right direction. The upcoming film Doctor Strange will star Benedict Cumberbatch as the doctor and Tilda Swinton as the traditionally male character, Ancient One.
In the comic books Ancient One is considered the ‘Sorcerer Supreme.’ He’s a 500-year-old Tibetan mentor to Strange whose powers include teleportation, astral projection, and levitation.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Swinton is in talks to star in the November 2016 flick. While she hasn’t exactly done a superhero movie before, she has starred in a sci-fi movie. In Snowpiercer she plays Minister Mason, an evil leader.
She is also an Oscar winner – the 54-year-old won in 2008 for her supporting role in Michael Clayton.
The future of Marvel
Marvel is getting serious about diversifying. The company just hired Meg LeFauve, who wrote Pixar’s Inside Out, and Nicole Perlman, who co-wrote Guardians of the Galaxy, to oversee their new film Captain Marvel.
This will be their first female-lead movie starring character Carol Danvers, an air force pilot who has awesome superpowers like super-strength, the ability to fly, and energy projection. However, a critique of the recent push to diversify is that an Asian actor wasn’t cast to play the Tibetan Ancient One.
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