The Ancient One in Doctor Strange

When Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange hits theaters in November, we expect to see a lot of changes made between the pages of the classic Marvel comic and the silver screen. Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) will be an ally... at least, for now. A new villain named Kaecillius (Mads Mikkelsen) is being introduced. And Wong (Benedict Wong) isn't a lowly man servant anymore. He's practically a peer of the Sorcerer Supreme.

But few changes rank as high, on the seismic scale, as the casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, the most powerful being who agrees to train Stephen Strange at the Kamar-Taj in Nepal and set him on his path to mystical and spiritual enlightenment. Why? Well, because, for decades, the Ancient One was portrayed as an old, Asian man -- three things that Swinton is not.

Recently, we were able to visit the set of Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange, where we learned all about the director's approach to the mythos of the Sorcerer Supreme. And few choices fascinated us as much as the casting of Swinton as The Ancient One. So we spoke to everyone about her upcoming portrayal, and this is what we think you need to know:

Tilda Swinton

This Is Not The First Ancient One, And Likely Won't Be The Last

Instead of The Ancient One being a character, think of it as a title. The way that Marvel President Kevin Feige explained it to us:

We talked about the ancient one being a title that has been held probably for hundreds and hundreds of years by individuals, but there have been various ones, and the one we meet in this movie happens to be female, of Celtic descent who most people who you've surround her have forgotten exactly where she came from, because she's been around. I think we state hundreds and hundreds of years. They're not sure exactly how long. So that was one way of doing a new interpretation of that character.

And there's a reason she's seeking out Doctor Strange. Read on...

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