Doctor Strange is scheduled to hit the theaters on November 4, 2016 as the second movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Phase Three. Fan favorite Benedict Cumberbatch has been confirmed as the titular role cast for the movie – so hardly anyone is dissatisfied with the casting. But there has been another casting confirmation for the movie that appeared a bit controversial and it seems like there is more of that to come!
British actress Tilda Swinton was confirmed as the cast for the role of The Ancient One – the mentor of Stephen Strange who has always been an Asian and a male in the comics (and she's neither an Asian nor a male). Even though hardly anyone has a doubt over Tilda's potential as an actor, some couldn't take the gender-swapping of the character lightly.
In one of the interviews, Marvel President Kevin Feige claimed that The Ancient One is more of 'a mantle' than 'a specific person' which allowed them the scope to 'cast in interesting ways'. And, it seemed like everyone was pretty convinced with that. But it seems like the gender of The Ancient One might stay the same as it is in the comics!
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