The Marvel comic character of Doctor Strange was forged during the rebellious Hippie era, which of an underlying Newage Zeitgeist fixation since the mid to late twentieth century had an alternative focus upon the spiritual disciplines of the far East. Hence you have Strange seeking to become the apprentice of an old Tibetan sorcerer known as the Ancient One.
There are still many a Hippie around of rebellious attitude, remembering the 60’s-70’s anti-war protests, who as fans of Faustian Doctor Strange, consider the nigh psychedelic sorcerer supreme as representing their bygone youth, when to have first read the books, written by Carlos Castaneda, about his sorcerers apprentice experiences with the Ancient One called Don Juan Matus.
Many of the present comic fans are unaware of the Hippie zeitgeist roots of Doctor Strange, but as an archetypal Faustian mage, he would be generally associated with the likes of Lord Of The Rings, Gandalf and Harry Potter. As for the non comic fans, they are unconcerned about the social engineering machinations of Marvel and Disney, concerning the transformation of the Ancient One into a female Celt, using Kung Fu.
Let’s say that the transformation of the Ancient One into a Celt, may be referring to the genetic findings of the Human Genome Project, which has recently discovered that the Celts originally came from Siberia, not Europe as first thought. Whether the Doctor Strange script writers are referring to the Human Genome Project findings is debatable, though unlikely. Whatever the case, the Stone Age ancestors of the Celts apparently lived in the region of Lake Baikal to the Altai region more than 30,000 years ago.
For example the historians had previously believed the early Britons were mainly made up of Celtic incomers from Europe a few centuries ago. But study of Celtic DNA indicates a strong connection with the nomadic people known as the Kets of Siberia, rather than anywhere in Europe. Wherefore the ancient ancestors of Doctor Strange are Siberian migrants, whose original homeland is the realm of the shaman.
As for the Altai region of Southern Siberia and central Mongolia its locale has been identified as the point of origin of a cultural enigma termed the Seima-Turbino Phenomenon. It is conjectured that changes in climate in this region around 2000 BC and the ensuing ecological, economic and political changes triggered a rapid and massive migration westward into Northeast Europe, Eastward into China (Tarim basin mummies) and Southward into Vietnam, Thailand and even Japan, whose animist culture gifted the world its Manga and Anime.
There are also indications of far earlier migrations from the Altai region unto Lake Baikal, when a great inland flood afflicted the area, around the time of the demise of the Great Mammals. Whether there were any migrations into Tibet, is of course open to imaginative conjecture, right out of the highly innovative film Inception.
You also have fabled Tibetan land of Shambala, which some to believe is actually situated in the Altai; although Shambala primarily appears as a mystical conception, rather than a geographical location, which of a mystique has since been used in many a film.
Curiously, although the tale is known now as a Tibetan myth, it seems that it was first recorded in AD 966 in India, where the nomadic Aryans had long ago flocked into.
The Buddhist Kalachakra tale tells of a (Shangri-la) land behind the Himalayas, ruled by a gracious King Sucandra, who was the first to learn the Kalachakra doctrine from Buddha Sakyamuni himself. A number of European believed Sucandra was a Celt. May be the Doctor Strange writers are alluding to a Celtic Sucandra who they have transformed into a female Ancient One?
No! Probably not, since a Celtic Sucandra dates back to Madame Blavatsky’s infatuation with root-races, which inspired the Nazi regime’s infatuation with finding a white, blond haired, blue-eyed Nordic super-race in Tibet, looking like Tilda Swinton.
If the Nazis had known of the Altai burial sites, it would have given them the dire shits. The Altai burials revealed mummies, whose DNA are of a most colourful ethnic mix, of similarity to those of the Tarim basin site; so, the eugenic perspective of a distinct ethnic identity, such as a Celt, or even Aryan does not, and never did apply, when looking back into the far distant past. Both the Celts – Aryans were nomadic tribal people who liked to wildly party, mixing a lot with other peoples genes they had come across, which would piss off Baron Mordo.
Should you deem that the Doctor Strange script writers are referring to the Human Genome findings that the Celts were in fact Siberians, which then leads to the Tarim basin mummies of China, etc; It will be very difficult to communicate these ideas without getting tied up in the ugly knot of racial politics, which to have afflicted the so called modern age. One thing for sure, it will not go down at all well with the Chinese authorities, who might interpret Marvel and Disney to be saying that the European’s were in Tibet before China.
Whatever Marvel and Disney to say to the contrary of slippery tongue twisting, it is somewhat obvious that they are attempting to appease China by not having the Ancient One as a Tibetan, to then use the neuro-marketing balm of political correctness by transforming the Ancient One into a female.
The reasoning for the gender change is that of negating any potential protest from the fans, whose protesting will be rapidly drowned out by Bible thumper Oprah Winfrey, and her Fifty Shades Of A Dormammu ‘Animus’ Grey sisterhood. Their growing P.C. brigade multitude are no doubt jumping up and down in joy, for their feminist cause, wielding Thor’s hammer, whirling as a pink Swastika.
However, the Chinese authorities will probably not be too impressed by Marvel and Disney transforming a Tibetan into a Celt, which might be seen as being far worse than their political pandering. The Chinese audience might just question, “why did you not have Doctor Strange go to Britain, Scotland, Wales or Ireland, since you have transformed the Ancient One into a Celtic female?” But said Celtic migratory locales are probably considered to be not exotic enough by Marvel and Disney.
It thereby would have been better to have had the Ancient One as an Altaic Siberian; alas, Marvel and Disney’s idea of diversity, gave the role to Tilda Swinton; who as a female symbolically represents the ancestral (Anima) Soul of Dr Strange that the Dormammu ‘Animus’ worshipper, Baron Mordo and his minions seek to destroy.
Then again, may be that is exactly what the writers of Doctor Strange are attempting to indicate, as to an Altaic soul source of the Celts; whereupon you have him journeying to the far East to discover an ancient Altaic ancestor who had migrated into Tibet, due to a prior flood hitting the Altai. Although, if to go more esoteric, it would be unlikely Marvel and Disney will allow for the Ancient One being depicted as the ‘Anima’ soul of Doctor Strange, since it would be just too succubus sexy for them to handle. But if they do take this symbolic road, it would get Marvel and Disney out of a very deep hole concerning a potential political backlash from China, which will cost them dearly, along with the writers being given the boot! Anyway, apart from all the symbol crunching, I hope that the film will be a huge success, since Doctor Strange is one of my favourite comic strip characters.
NOTE: “I would like to point out that I am not a Social Justice Warrior whose general P.C. attitude I find to be distinctly Enatarte Kunst Fascist; and what is more, the third-wave feminist politics of Social Justice Warriors can be very easily used against them, such as having a female actress playing the part of a male character, behind which a primarily monetary driven decision is hidden.
I am far more interested in C. Robert Cargill’s comment, who compared the process of casting The Ancient One to Star Trek’s ‘Kobayashi Maru,’ which I find intriguing. The Kobayashi Maru is an unwinnable test, which was first depicted in the opening scene of the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and also appears in the 2009 film Star Trek.
As for the name, Khan, it is the shortened version of Khan Noonien Singh, whose fictional Star Trek character alludes to the historical, Ghengis Khan, who achieved eventual domination over China; yet for some Chinese he is considered to be a heroic figure, even though he was Mongolian. In the fictional universe of Star Trek, Khan is depicted as once controlling more than a quarter of the Earth during the Eugenics Wars of the 1990’s.
World War II can be seen as being am actual Eugenic War due to the Nazi’s having a infatuation with eugenics, which of a warped pseudo-science, was first extensively practiced in America, during the early nineteenth century. Many at the time considered the blond, blue eyed Aryan to be the racial ideal, which of a self-inflicted Kobayashi Maru curiosity, you have an Aryan looking Tilda Swinton, playing a Celtic Ancient One, even if she is bald.
In Star Trek, James T. Kirk took the Kobayashi Maru test three times while at Starfleet Academy. Before his third attempt, Kirk surreptitiously reprogrammed the simulator so that he could beat the unwinnable test. Despite having cheated, Kirk was awarded a commendation for ‘Original Thinking.’
So, if Cargill was to otherwise translate the ‘Kobayashi Maru’ into that of a script, it would have mean’t, like Kirk, that he would have had to totally (reprogram) rewrite the Ancient One. Let’s work with Cargill’s Celtic depiction of the Ancient One; since Cargill has transformed a Tibetan male into a Celtic female, it would then lead to a further ‘reprogramming’ of the original story-line by having Doctor Strange finding himself instead in Britain, Wales, Ireland or Scotland rather than… Tibet.
Heck! Cargill could have done a tricky Kirk number, by using the Newage mystique of Glastonbury Tor being associated with Shambhala; he could have had a forlorn depressed Strange finding himself amidst Glastonbury festival on his travels, to then be dragged off by a wild eyed Druidess, up and around the Serpentine spiral of Apple isle Glastonbury Tor. That would have been really way out, with all those glowing Ley-line dream roads webbed out around ancient stone circles, lit up like exploding stars going Matrix style; though far more psychedelic of innovative Doctor Strange visuals, having no reference to Inception whatsoever.
Instead, Cargill’s Celtic female, played by a blond haired, though bald, blue eyed, Tilda Swinton is discovered in Tibet. This is somewhat of a self inflicted Kobayashi Maru, since it will be associated with the Nazis swarming all over Tibet, who were seeking out a blond haired, blue eyed super-race, while being best buddies with the then Japanese Empire, whose military might was causing total havoc in China.
Wherefore, if Cargill is attempting to appease the Chinese authorities by transforming a Tibetan into a Celt… in Tibet, he has very likely stuffed himself up his own Kobayashi Maru. The Chinese authorities will be really pissed off, big style.
Would Cargill make such a silly creative mistake, which could cost Marvel and Disney very dearly, or was the trailer an Occult-Blind? I guess the only way to determine this is to see whether Marvel and Disney are making any prior cut-backs to their business empire, in order to nullify any potential business losses concerning China’s backlash.
No! Cargill wouldn’t have made such a big mistake, his script would have been gone over with a fine tooth comb by the hierarchy of Marvel and Disney, since it is historically well known that the Nazis were searching for a Tilda Swinton super-race in Tibet, which of a eugenic agenda will really piss off the Chinese. Therefore, the trailer, must be an Occult blind!?
Perhaps Cargill has assumed the mantle of Carlos Castaneda, to have instead depicted the Ancient One as a female version of Don Juan Matus, who just so happens is a wannabe Navajo; she is actually a Celt living on the Four Corner reservation selling trinkets to tourists. The Ancient One had been prior apprenticed to an ancient Toltec Skinwalker, who bestowed immortality upon her, which is also a curse; so that she will never forget the near genocide of a prior holocaust the natives had suffered, whose children had been forced into missionary schools to learn the ways of the foreign invaders.
Let us go even further; the Ancient One is a Chinese sorceress who had long ago emigrated from China to America around 1,300 BC – nearly 2,800 years before Christopher Columbus arrived at the New World in 1492. Said scenario is based upon highly controversial ancient Chinese styles of the scripts, which have been discovered in North America. Or you could have the Chinese sorceress sailing with the fleets of Admiral Zheng, who is conjectured to have visited the Americas prior to Columbus, and that the same fleet circumnavigated the globe a century before the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan.
These scenarios would really get the Yuan flowing into the Marvel and Disney coffers. let alone greasing up the smiles of the Social Justice Warriors, who will also be writhing in ecstasy at the thought of the Ancient One being gender bent into a female.
But what of a backlash from the European market? There wouldn’t be too much protest if at all; but if so, a middle ground can be found. The Chinese sorceress can be otherwise seen to have emigrated to America during the 1850’s, at the time of the California gold rush. San Francisco was only a transit station on the way to the gold fields in the Sierra Nevada. According to estimates, there were in the late 1850’s 15,000 Chinese mine workers in the ‘Gold Mountains’ or ‘Mountains of Gold.’ You also have the transcontinental railroad, which was mostly built by Chinese labour.
The Chinese Ancient One is a Huli jing (狐狸精; literally: “Fox Spirit”), Huxian (狐仙; literally: “Fox Immortal”), or Jiuweihu (九尾狐; literally: “Nine-Tailed Fox”), basically she is a Succubus, who as a Tantric Wu (shaman), takes up residence in San Francisco’s Chinatown, where a psychologically wounded Doctor Strange stumbles into her upon a synchronicity.
May be Marvel and Disney have utilised the expensive trailer to make the audience believe that the Ancient One is a female Celt in Tibet, using rejected Inception outtakes, knowing full well that it will stir up an ongoing controversy and in turn a buzz; whereas, a few among the Chinese movie hierarchy know the truth. This is of course totally implausible.
But, if Cargill had depicted the Ancient One living on an American Indian reservation as a Tilda Swinton European seeking redemption, or as a Chinese sorceress in America, the authorities in China will lap it up, wanting more. He would have then beaten the Kobayashi Maru, smiling all the way to the bank.
But, let’s say that Cargill has stuffed himself up his own Kobayashi Maru; how will it then affect the rest of the Marvel movie franchise, concerning a Doctor Strange tie in with their other MCU characters? Well, if Cargill has indeed stuffed it up, the MCU franchise could crumble very quickly indeed, should China back out of the equation. But, China, being very business savvy, might just use the situation in order to take over Marvel and in tun Disney, whose media empire spans the entire globe.
Should Cargill have Kobayashi Maru stuffed it up; Marvel and Disney could potentially avert total MCU disaster by having the Ancient One as being the ancestral ‘Anima’ (female) soul of Doctor Strange, and that its Celtic source originates from the Altai, which had long ago been afflicted by an inland flood. The prehistoric catastrophe led to those few survivors migrating into other lands, some of whom found themselves in Tibet; one of them being… the Ancient One.
Anyway, if Marvel and Disney are Over-Watching, I am available for any ‘financially lucrative’ creative work put my way.”