By Stephen Ippolito | March 23rd, 2021
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has been one of the most under wraps MCU films of recent memory. With Sam Raimi now in the director’s chair, the film was able to get through production without anything significant leaking. But a report this week may have just ended that streak as it reveals some major plot details, including who the main villain will be.
The report comes from The Illuminerdi, who says that the massive demon Shuma-Gorath will be the “big bad” in the sequel.
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige says casting Tilda Swinton as a whitewashed Ancient One was a mistake
In 2015, Marvel Studios made a controversial decision when they decided to cast Oscar winner Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One for Doctor Strange. In the comics, the character is a Tibetan male monk, but in the MCU Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, director Scott Derrickson, and writer C. Robert Cargill decided to go a different direction and make him of Celtic origin and also a woman.
The decision was met with outrage by fans accusing the studio of whitewashing. There were also accusations made that Marvel and Disney did this to not upset the Chinese government and prevent them from losing money at the box-office.
Now in a new interview with Men’s Health, Feige opened up about the decision and expressed regret on how it was handled.
“We thought we were being so smart, and so cutting-edge,” Feige said. “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.”
For a while now, it’s been speculated that Richard E. Grant (Old Loki) and Sophia Di Martino (Lady Loki) will play different versions of the God of Mischief in the upcoming Loki series. In the comics, he’s had many incarnations, so it would make sense to include some of them in the Disney+ series.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly this week, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirms that you will see more versions of the character, and it’s all thanks to the Multiverse.
“Part of the fun of the Multiverse and playing with time is seeing other versions of characters,” he says, “and other versions of the titular character in particular.”
This week author Tara Bennett announced that she along with Paul Terry have a book coming out that promises to give you “the definitive story of how Marvel Studios created the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Officially titled The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the 512-page book will arrive on October 19th, 2021.
Here’s a little snippet from the press release that gives more details about the book.
“The Story of Marvel Studios is the first-ever, fully authorized, all-access history of Marvel Studios’ creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as told by the producers, writers, directors, concept artists, VFX artists, cast, and crew who brought it to life. Year-by-year, project-by-project, the studio’s founding and meteoric growth are described through detailed personal stories, anecdotes, and remembrances of noteworthy challenges, breakthrough milestones, and history-making successes.”