Dr Strange update… the origin story confirmed, Ancient One details…

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Dr_StrangeKevin Feige spoke with IGN during a promotional event for the Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu-ray release, at which time the producer – who is now Marvel Studios’ ‘top dog’ after a change in the company’s high-ranking personnel – explained why Doctor Strange should be an origin story:

“For some reason people sometimes talked about how we’re not doing an origin story, we’re bored of origin stories. I think people are bored of origin stories they’ve seen before or origin stories that are overly familiar. Doctor Strange has one of the best, most classic, most unique origin stories of any hero we have, so why wouldn’t we do that? That was sort of always the plan. How you tell that origin, perhaps there are ways to twist it or play with that, but for the most part, it’s a gift when the comics have something with such clarity of story and of character. That doesn’t always happen in the comics, and when it does, you use it.”

Feige then touched on the casting of Swinton as The Ancient One – including, the character’s gender, which there’s been some question about (based on previous comments made by Swinton):

“We get an amazing actress to play an amazing character, and do it in a way that’s very unique and doesn’t fall into any outdated stereotypes that sometimes pop up in the comics from years past. It’s funny you ask ‘Will Tilda Swinton be playing a woman?’ and you ask it because she does an amazing job of being sort of ambiguous in terms of gender. I think you’ll see us playing it in ways that she’s played other characters that way. Clearly she’s a woman, but it is very ambiguous in her portrayal.”