Prior to the informative “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Blu-ray release press conference, IGN got a chance to sit down for a one-on-one with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. During the talk, Feige confirmed that — despite rumors to the contrary — 2016’s “Doctor Strange” film will feature the Sorcerer Supreme’s origin story.
“For some reason people sometimes talked about how we’re not doing an origin story, we’re bored of origin stories,” said Feige, referencing the previous rumblings. “I think people are bored of origin stories they’ve seen before or origin stories that are overly familiar. Doctor Strange has one of the best, most classic, most unique origin stories of any hero we have, so why wouldn’t we do that? That was sort of always the plan. How you tell that origin, perhaps there are ways to twist it or play with that, but for the most part, it’s a gift when the comics have something with such clarity of story and of character. That doesn’t always happen in the comics, and when it does, you use it.”
The talk also included tidbits on two of leading man Benedict Cumberbatch’s co-stars: Rachel McAdams, who will play an unrevealed character, and Tilda Swinton, who will portray the Ancient One. Of McAdams’ unannounced role, Feige said, “She plays a very, very big part in the movie and represents a certain point of view of the worlds that we experience in that movie, but Doctor Strange, without a doubt, is the character we follow through the movie.”
Feige also indirectly addressed the controversy surrounding the casting of Tilda Swinton, a white person, to play the Ancient One, a character depicted as Tibetan in the comics. The studio head said that by casting Swinton, “we get an amazing actress to play an amazing character, and do it in a way that’s very unique and doesn’t fall into any outdated stereotypes that sometimes pop up in the comics from years past. It’s funny you ask ‘Will Tilda Swinton be playing a woman?’ and you ask it because she does an amazing job of being sort of ambiguous in terms of gender. I think you’ll see us playing it in ways that she’s played other characters that way. Clearly she’s a woman, but it is very ambiguous in her portrayal.”
“Doctor Strange” opens on November 4, 2016.
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