Chris McKenna (writer)

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Chris McKenna
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McKenna on a Community panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2014.
Born (1969-12-03) December 3, 1969 (age 52)
, U.S.
OccupationTelevision writer, film producer, screenwriter, television producer
Years active1993-present

Chris McKenna is an American television writer, film producer, screenwriter, and television producer. He has written for American Dad!, Community,[1] and The Mindy Project, and part of the first Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man trilogy (2017–2021).


McKenna was an uncredited writer on the 2004 film The Girl Next Door, having developed the screenplay with director Luke Greenfield. He was denied credit by the WGA arbitration process.[2]

McKenna wrote some of Community's most critically acclaimed episodes, including "Paradigms of Human Memory", "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design", and the Emmy- and Hugo-nominated "Remedial Chaos Theory". He also co-wrote (along with his brother Matt McKenna) one of the most acclaimed episodes of American Dad!, "Rapture's Delight".[3]

During his time as a writer for American Dad, he met Erik Sommers, who would later become his writing partner. Together they have since written for The Lego Batman Movie (2017), co-writing Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and its sequels, Far From Home (2019) and No Way Home (2021), along with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).[4][5]

Having worked with the Russo brothers on the sitcom Community, McKenna contributed to the script of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) by writing jokes for the film.[citation needed]



Year Film Credit Notes
1993 The Thing Called Love Assistant
Little Miss Millions Production assistant
1994 Greedy Assistant As Christopher McKenna
1995 Grumpier Old Men
2008 Registered Sex Offender Executive producer
Igor Written by, Actor Killiseum Fan #5 (voice)
2009 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Special thanks
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Screenplay by Co-wrote screenplay with Erik Sommers, Seth Grahame-Smith, Jared Stern and John Whittington
Spider-Man: Homecoming Co-wrote screenplay with Erik Sommers, Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts and Christopher Ford
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Screenplay by, screen story by Co-wrote screenplay with Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner
2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp Written by Co-wrote with Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari
2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home Co-wrote with Erik Sommers
2021 Spider-Man: No Way Home Co-wrote with Erik Sommers


Year Film Credit Notes
2005–2011 American Dad! Staff writer, writer, story editor, executive story editor, supervising producer and producer
2010–2015 Community Writer, co-executive producer, executive producer Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series ("Remedial Chaos Theory")
Nominated–Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form
Nominated–Online Film & Television Association Television Award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series
2012–2014 The Mindy Project Writer, co-executive producer Nominated–Writers Guild of America Award for Television: New Series


  1. ^ Dropped Last Year, ‘Community’ Creator Returns June 10, 2013 NYT
  2. ^ "What Really Goes Into Making A Cult Favorite". HuffPost. April 15, 2014. Retrieved December 25, 2021.
  3. ^ McFarland, Kevin. ""O, Brother, Where Bart Thou?"/"A Cleveland Brown Christmas"/"Business Guy"/"Rapture's Delight"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 25, 2021.
  4. ^ Jim (July 8, 2019). "Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers Talk "Spider-Man: Far From Home"". Creative Screenwriting. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  5. ^ Schaefer, Sandy (April 17, 2019). "Spider-Man: Far From Home Release Date Moves Up 3 Days". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on April 17, 2019. Retrieved April 17, 2019.

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