Doctor Strange summons Community creator for rewrites

Looks like Doctor Strange needs some finishing touches

Doctor Strange

Despite being due for release at the end of October, it looks like Marvel hasn’t quite finished with Doctor Strange just yet. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dan Harmon has been brought on board Marvel’s next superhero movie.

Unlike what has been the case with other films though, wholesale rewrites aren’t the order of the day this time. According to the source, his presence is required “for additional photography,” which would appear to denote that he’ll be filming new scenes rather than adding any. Adding a bit of humour, perhaps? Or maybe he’s there for a particularly zany post-credits scene?

Either way, for once this is a piece of rewrite news that we’re not all that worried about. In recent years, Marvel has drawn some criticism for the apparent ‘cookie-cutter’ nature of their films. Whether you buy into this or not, with the increasing ubiquity of superhero movies, the pressure is on to stand out, and who better to hire than a man who is widely respected as being extremely funny, and may well bring a new outlook to the films?

FILE - In March 26, 2014 file photo, Dan Harmon arrives at PALEYFEST 2014 - "Community" in Los Angeles. The axed NBC sitcom "Community" will make its Yahoo debut in March. Yahoo announced Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, that sitcom will begin its online life with a pair of episodes.  (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
Dan Harmon will write additional scenes for Doctor Strange. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Which brings us onto Harmon himself. As anyone who has watched the likes of Community or Rick And Morty can testify (or who has listened to his Harmontown podcast), he is one very funny guy, and it’ll be great to see him bring his trademark humour to Doctor Strange.

He joins existing writers C Robert Cargill, Jon Spaihts and Scott Derrickson, who is also attached as director. The cast include the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amy Landecker, Scott Adkins and many more.

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