For the longest time, all the pieces were in place for Cabin in the Woods writer-director Drew Goddard to take the reins of Marvel’s small-screen Daredevil series in earnest, acting as both director and showrunner as the studio set out to bring the neon-drenched back alleys of Hell’s Kitchen to life. Low and behold, Sony courted Goddard to oversee the planned Sinister Six spinoff before the villain-centric tale stalled in development.
And though many believed that Goddard’s time in Marvel’s small-screen universe had ended the moment he signed on for the Spider-Man spinoff, the man himself has confirmed that he still has ties to Daredevil, and is very much involved ahead of the show’s return for season 2.
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Goddard will assume the role of executive producer on the crime drama, dropping in and out at various stages as Marvel continues to nurture the origin story of one Matt Murdock. Speaking with Collider, the talent went into detail about his reasons for returning to the studio’s ever-expanding universe.
“I love Marvel, I still work with them. I was in the writers room of Season 2 a couple weeks ago—it’s going. I think this sort of got portrayed as this sort of animosity, [but] it’s never been the case. They know I love their properties, they’ve been very nice to me, we just keep trying to find the right fit.
For me it’s all about how do I make it personal? With Matt Murdock I just had such a personal connection to that character it was just like, ‘I have to do this.’ I don’t want to—I call it “superhero karaoke”, I don’t wanna be a guy that just takes the comics and then shoots them onscreen. I think it’s our job to treat it as if it’s our run. If I’m the writer of a comic book, you wouldn’t just retell someone else’s story, you would just take that ball and move it forward.”
What’s interesting is that Goddard’s involvement isn’t strictly limited to Daredevil, given that Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist are all simmering in various stages of development. In his own words, Goddard stated he was open to working on any and all of Marvel’s small-screen properities as the company’s gears up for its ensemble Defenders series.
“I’m always there when they wanna talk about it, because this is what I do in my spare time anyway, sit around and talk about Daredevil. So if it counts as a job, I’m always ready to do it.”
Marvel and Netflix’s Daredevil season 2 has been snapping up talent left, right and center ahead of its premiere in 2016, with Stephen Rider and Elodie Yung joining the ensemble cast in the recent times.