While his place in the grand MCU is still secured thanks to his ties to Daredevil season 2, writer-director Drew Goddard could have had a much more involved role in the studio’s cinematic universe, specifically by directing the upcoming Spider-Man reboot.
Starring Tom Holland as the webcrawler, we now know that the standalone feature will be helmed by Jon Watts, though that wasn’t always the case. For a period, Goddard was attached to Sony’s Sinister Six spinoff film before the high-profile deal with Marvel put paid to the villainous feature.
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Ultimately, it was bad timing that scuppered Goddard’s chances of helming both Sinister Six and now the Spider-Man reboot. As the reputable writer-director reveals in an interview with Cinema Blend, losing close to year’s worth of work on Sinister Six meant that Goddard was essentially struggling to engineer a new take on Peter Parker in time for the 2017 release date.
Here, the writer offers his own two cents on what could have been, all the while remaining hopeful for his own future with Marvel Studios.
“I mean, I think that’s more a question for them, but here’s the good news. I’ve worked with Marvel a lot. The way that Marvel sort of works is they say, ‘Hey, do you have an idea for… Here’s the movies we’re thinking about making…’ They sort of tell you the world what they’re thinking of making, and they sort of put out there, if you have an idea for any of these, come talk to us.”
“And I think, with Spider-Man, I didn’t really have an idea. Part of that might have just been because I had just written one. I spent a year working on Sinister Six, and I think I was like in a head space where I just didn’t… you know, it’s very hard to say, ‘Ok, now write a new movie.’ So, it never got that far. We never, it never got taken that far. They know how much respect I have for them. They’ve been very nice to me over the years, and I know sooner or later, we’re going to find the right project. It’s all about timing.”
Directed by Jon Watts, Marvel’s new-fangled Spider-Man reboot will swing into theaters on July 28, 2017.