After a somewhat underwhelming summer moviegoing season, Disney and Marvel Studios are here to remind fans that 2016 tentpole films are not finished quite yet. The comic book movie titan still has one more Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster set to release this year: the Benedict Cumberbatch-led Doctor Strange.
While a major running storyline of 2016 has been a slew of studios losing money due to box office busts, Disney has been raking in the cash with hit films such as The Jungle Book, Zootopia, Finding Dory, and, of course, fellow MCU blockbuster Captain America: Civil War. Doctor Strange may not be slated to pull in Avengers-like box office numbers, but it is certainly a highly anticipated film within the franchise; a film with an absolutely loaded cast and a wide range of writing talents.
However, even with the likes of Sinister writers Scott Derickson and C. Robert Cargill credited with penning the film's script (and Derrickson directing), it looks as though the team got some uncredited help from an unlikely, albeit, fan-favorite personality. THR is reporting that Marvel Studios enlisted the help of Community co-creator Dan Harmon for some uncredited script work on Doctor Strange. The Primetime Emmy Award winner is best known for his work as writer and co-creator of such cult TV comedy series as Community and Rick and Morty, but the 43-year-old comedy veteran also has some big screen cred for his screenplay work on the 2006 animated film, Monster House.
According to THR's sources, Harmon was brought on board for writing assistance during "additional photography." At this point, it is unclear as to which specific scenes the fan-favorite writer worked on, but given the fact that his contribution has gone uncredited, it is unlikely that it was all that extensive.
Dan Harmon is, of course, not the first member of the Community team to work with Marvel Studios as Joe and Anthony Russo, a.k.a. the Russo Brothers, have moved from established cult sitcom directors to major blockbuster filmmakers with well-received hits Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. Additionally, the filmmaking duo is currently directing the highly anticipated Age of Ultron follow-up Avengers: Infinity War.
Whether or not Harmon and Marvel Studios maintain a working relationship in the future remains to be seen, but as for now, the studio continues their history of seemingly outside the box, yet somehow successful hirings.
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 Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.