And I couldn’t be more excited.
I thought I would start to feel tapped out from all of the Marvel films being churned out.
I am excited.
Yes Tilda Swindon is a whitewashed character. Her role is a serious Catch 22 for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If they went with the original creation there still would be cries of racism. Lets face it. Marvel can be pretty damned racist. It is a comic series. It revolves on a plethora of racial and sexual stereotypes, and the films need to differentiate from them.
The best way to combat the already heavy handed racial overtones of the character is to put them (in my opinion) the best androgynous actor in the market. Yes Swindon is female, but is her character female? She can totally pull off being a man in this film. Or even a being that is beyond gender.
I agree that Marvel has made some serious changes in the MCU when it comes to characters, and the racist rodeo isn’t their first. The backlash of the Mandarin being a white drunk man comes to mind. Feige spoke to EW about the controversy.
“We’re never afraid to change. In the comic books, Jarvis is an elderly butler. In the movies, he’s an A.I. system which becomes Paul Bettany’s Vision. We are always looking for ways to change. I think if you look at some of the early incarnations of the Ancient One in the comics, they are what we would consider today to be quite, sort of, stereotypical. They don’t hold up to what would work today. Also, within the storyline of the comics, and our movie, ‘the Ancient One’ is a title that many people have had. We hit very early on on, What if the Ancient One was a woman? What if the title had been passed and the current Ancient One is a woman? Oh, that’s an interesting idea. [Clicks fingers.] Tilda Swinton! Whoah! And it just hit.”
I am surprised he didn’t bring up the recasting of Mandarin. He was recast for the same reason, the character is in-itself a racial stereotype that they wanted to avoid. The difference here is that even the brilliant acting of Ben Kingsley couldn’t salvage that mess.
I have high hopes for Swindon to drop the mic as the Ancient One.