Tilda Swinton Keeps Giving Kevin Feige Hints About an Ancient One Prequel

Tilda Swinton Keeps Giving Kevin Feige Hints About an Ancient One Prequel

By Robert Dougherty Oct 21, 2016 11:42 AM
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There's two weeks left until audiences see Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in Doctor Strange, after months of criticism that her casting whitewashed the formerly Asian character. Nevertheless, she doesn't want to be done playing her any time soon, as she told Screen Crush that she's been "constantly harassing" Kevin Feige for a prequel movie of her own.

Screen Crush posted this excerpt of a interview with Swinton before the film's world premiere. The full interview will be posted closer to the movie's wide release, but it already gave away that Swinton has been "pretty confidently dropping hints" to Feige about an Ancient One film, such as “Writing the odd note and putting it in his pocket. Writing lipstick messages in his mirror. Just seeing how far we get.”

Swinton admits "I don’t know if it’ll get anywhere," as future Doctor Strange related movies likely won't come until the start of the next decade. But Feige has been clear that Strange himself has a big part to play in upcoming MCU films, as he will meet the Avengers in Avengers: Infinity War and may pop up or get mentioned briefly in Thor: Ragnarok before that. Whether or not other Strange characters like the Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor's Mordo, Benedict Wong's Wong and Rachel McAdams's Christine follow Benedict Cumberbatch across the wider MCU is another matter.

The larger multiverse introduced in Doctor Strange is supposed to be another key part of the MCU's future, so it needs a guide like the Ancient One to make sense of it all. At the very least, a second solo Doctor Strange movie should come at some point in Phase 4, where the Ancient One can certainly reveal more backstory and exposition about herself, her job and her power.

Whatever the Ancient One does manage to reveal in Doctor Strange, it will be disclosed to wider domestic audiences on Nov. 4.

Tags: Doctor Strange (2016), Avengers: Infinity War - Part I (2018), Tilda Swinton, Kevin Feige, Benedict Cumberbatch, Marvel Cinematic Universe
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