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Students for a Free Tibet Protest Doctor Strange Tibetan Erasure

Doctor Strange opens this weekend and the film has been criticized for changing the location of Doctor Strange’s training grounds from Tibet to Nepal and the casting of Tilda Swinton in the role of the Ancient One (a character that’s been traditionally Asian) in a reported business move to not offend China and increase chances the film would be released in their theaters.

Doctor Strange scriptwriter C Robert Cargill appeared on YouTube podcast Double Toasted where he described the no win situation of the casting in April confirming the speculation.

Marvel has been making moves into China when it comes to their films and comics, adding footage and casting in Iron Man 3 (which also received some Chinese funding) in hopes of the film playing better in the nation and sending permanent staff to the country too. They are clearly thinking of the country in their business plan, and as such wouldn’t want to do anything to risk angering what is a major market.

Marvel’s films have generally played in the country but Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger did not. As you can see from the graph below, the percent of earnings to the total, foreign, and compared to domestic have generally increased over the years.

China also limits how many foreign films are allowed to be released in their country. They increased that amount to 34 films in 2017-2018. So, it’s a competitive market to even get into.

In Manhattan outside a movie theater Thursday night during the film’s debut Students for a Free Tibet protested the erasure of Tibet in the film and appeasement to the Chinese government.

Our intrepid reporter Elana was on the scene where she got Urgyen Badheytsang, Campaigns Director for the organization, to speak on the subject.

Marvel’s Box Office Earnings


Around the Tubes

Did you stay up all night to watch the Iowa Caucus results!?  Ok, that might have just been me… well, here’s the comic book news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

Bleeding Cool – The Goon Dies, Relaunches, Turns Gay, Racebends, Gets Religion And Goes Socialist In An Attempt To Get Your Hard Earned DollarToo funny not to link to.

The Beat – DC’s red hood lady gets a name: PandoraLike the music streaming service?

CBLDF – ACLU Asks Missouri Library to Stop Censoring Websites – Yay!

MTV Geek – B-List Breakouts: 12 Characters Primed for the Spotlight In 2012 – Not sure all these are really B-list.

The Wall Street Journal – Tibet Goes KABOOM! – An article covering the “Hero, Villain, Yeti” exhibit.


Around the Tubes Reviews:

Swamp of Boredom – The Unwritten Volumes 2, 3 & 4

Around the Tubes

It’s the weekend and it’s another UFC fight tonight, yay!  Here’s some comic book news to spend your time reading waiting for the fight.

Around the Blogs:

ICv2 – Galactic Guardians HeroClixI want my Rocket Raccoon and Groot figures!

ComiChron – November 2011 puts industry back in black for 2011 – How long before Marvel is back on top?

WNYC – Tibet, Through the Lens of ComicsCould be a cool exhibit to check out.

The Beat – Haspiel donates minicomics to Library of Congress – I might have to check this out.


Around the Tubes Reviews:

Shoopette’s Book Review – Any Empire