Doctor Strange is about to move the Marvel Cinematic Universe into bold new dimensions (literally), but getting the story of Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme from the page to the screen hasn't been a simple process.
Like most blockbuster films (especially under the Disney tent), Doctor Strange has been through revisions and reshoots to refine its story and tone into something that can strike a chord with a wide variety of moviegoers. It's a standard part of crafting something as big as a superhero blockbuster - but how the movie is revised is always an important question.
There were previous rumors that Doctor Strange's revision process included a bump in film's humor - which is understandable, given the property's heady metaphysical concepts and darker horror elements. It was reported earlier this summer that Community creator Dan Harmon had been brought in to take a run at the script; now, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is revealing exactly what Harmon brought to film.
Talking to EW, Feige said, We are all big fans of his work, clearly...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. 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.”
It's interesting to hear that Harmon was as much a sci-fi advisor as he was a humor guide for the film. But Feige is not wrong: Rick & Morty is a great sci-fi adventure show as much as it is funny. Good to see that the head of Marvel Studios has such good tastes!
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Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; and Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019.