By now, we know that the Marvel Cinematic Universe works as a sort of collective. Every filmmaker and writer works together so that their films work towards common goals, and have a unified vision. Sometimes it’s because certain crossovers are planned, so they need to coordinate on where a certain character needs to be left off, and other times it’s just to simply collaborate with one of the esteemed architects of the MCU.
We know Joss Whedon would periodically help on films like THOR: THE DARK WORLD, and now we know who Scott Derrickson tapped to help him with DOCTOR STRANGE.
“Everybody talks to everybody. I got notes on the Doctor Strange script from James Gunn, and I talked to him every once in awhile, asked him questions.”
That’s right. Derrickson sought out the advice of James Gunn, the man behind Marvel’s smash hit GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY– who happens to be hard at work on the sequel to that film at the moment. Gunn was the first director in the MCU to really dive into the cosmic end of things, and Derrickson is going to be the first to really explore the fantastical/supernatural spectrum with DOCTOR STRANGE, so it makes sense that Derrickson would reach out to someone who broke off into a new sub-genre of this shared universe.
Gunn is also not simply a director, either. He’s written both GUARDIANS flicks, as well as cult favorites like SUPER and SLITHER, so his script notes were probably an invaluable resource. Primary script credit goes to C. Robert Cargill (Derrickson’s SINISTER movies) and Jon Spaihts (PROMETHEUS).
What do you think of Derrickson picking Gunn’s brain for DOCTOR STRANGE? Have you seen the debut trailer yet? Discuss!