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