In advance of the company’s first Asian-led superhero film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Marvel super-producer Kevin Feige now admits they made a mistake when casting Swinton’s role as The Ancient One.
Speaking with Men’s Health for a cover story about Shang-Chi star Simu Liu, Feige was asked about that decision to cast Swinton. He said:
“We thought we were being so smart, and so cutting-edge.
We’re not going to do the cliché? of the wizened, old, wise Asian man. But it was a wake-up call to say, ‘Well, wait a minute, is there any other way to figure it out? Is there any other way to both not fall into the cliché? and cast an Asian actor?’ And the answer to that, of course, is yes.”
In the upcoming Shang-Chi movie, we’re getting Wenwu instead of The Mandarin, Feige goes on to explain why that franchise is key heading into the MCU’s Phase 4:
“Once we finished what we call now The Infinity Saga, we rolled up our sleeves and said, ‘Ok, what’s next?’ What are we going to kick off the next? The next sort of evolution of the MCU post- our first big saga, and that’s why Shang-Chi was at the very top of that list.”
Doctor Strange was released in 2016, with the character becoming a staple in the MCU, and a vital member of the Avengers for Infinity War and Endgame. The film grossed over $677 million worldwide at the box office.
The sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, is set for release in 2022.