Now, to try to count all the ways in which the Marvel Cinematic Universe is awesome is a little like chasing a rainbow. Sure, you can give it a go, but seeing as there isn't technically an end to the thing (rainbows don't actually touch the ground) you're most liking on a hiding to nothing. If we were to attempt to tally up some sort of list, however, a likely candidate for inclusion would be the fact that the MCU seems to be just about as remarkably fertile a creative environment as it is possible for a major studio-led operation to be.
A case in point?
It Seems That James Gunn Secretly Worked On 'Doctor Strange'
Yup, that's right. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn - currently working on Vol. 2 of that very franchise - evidently played a small but key role in bringing Doctor Strange to the screen - for pretty much the best possible reason.
As Scott Derrickson - the director of the good doctor's upcoming solo movie - put it at the recent world premiere of Captain America: Civil War:
"Everybody talks to everybody...I got notes on the Doctor Strange script from James Gunn, and I talk to him every once in awhile, ask him questions..."
Which, when you think about it, also explains a whole lot about how Marvel Studios plans to approach the next few years of ever-more integrated storytelling. After all, if you get all of your directors to consult on one another's movies, it's a heck of a lot easier to have them all make sense as a coherent whole - not to mention for them to be even more awesome than they otherwise would be...
What do you reckon, though?
Who would you most like to have take a look at your movie's script?