Back in August, another name was added to “Doctor Strange’s” lineup of creative talent — and it was a surprising one. A report at the time noted that “Community” creator Dan Harmon was brought in to write a few more scenes for “Doctor Strange” after the film wrapped principal photography.
Now, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that report with a quote from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige himself.
“It is true that he was,” said Feige, confirming Harmon’s involvement. “He came in, he watched the movie. We are all big fans of his work, clearly. We at Marvel Studios are fans of ‘Community,’ it’s where we found Joe and Anthony Russo, who came onboard to do ‘Winter Soldier,’ and of course ‘Civil War,’ and the upcoming [‘Avengers’] films. So, we’re big fans of that.”
But Harmon’s work on “Community” wasn’t really what brought him on board for “Doctor Strange.” “We’re also fans of his cartoon ‘Rick & Morty,’ which is about, of course, humor, but I would argue that any given episode of that show has an unbelievably amazing sci-fi concept that could be its own movie,” said Feige of Harmon’s Adult Swim series. “So, really, we just wanted him to watch the movie, and talk to us about it, and give us his opinions on the sci-fi concepts. That was as important to us as any humor that he could add to the movie. And he was very, very gracious in doing that.”
Feige doesn’t mention if Harmon actually wrote any scenes for the film; the Marvel president’s comments mostly reveal that he offered up a few ideas by talking to them about sci-fi concepts.
As Feige mentioned, “Community” directors Joe and Anthony Russo have found great success with Marvel; they directed “Captain America: Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War” and are currently preparing to direct “Avengers: Infinity War” and its follow-up “Avengers” movie. “Community” cast members Danny Pudi and Jim Rash appeared in “Winter Soldier” and “Civil War,” respectively. Donald Glover has also been cast in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in an unrevealed role.
“Doctor Strange’s” screenplay was co-written by director Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill; Jon Spaihts also has a story credit on the film. Directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwitel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong and more, “Doctor Strange” opens on November 4, 2016.
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