The original mind behind Daredevil, as we see it on Netflix now, was Drew Goddard. Goddard wrote the first two episodes, and developed the season-long arc with Matt Murdock and team tracking down Wilson Fisk. Unfortunately, Goddard had to step away for another project, so Steven DeKnight stepped in as show-runner on the first season. While Goddard hasn’t returned to the Netflix corner of the MCU as a show-runner, he has been involved in the second season of Daredevil, and is listed as an executive producer on The Defenders.
IGN clarified that Goddard’s title on The Defenders isn’t ceremonial. The writer is actively involved in the project, which is set to begin filming soon.
“I was there this morning,” Goddard said, referring to the Defenders writers room. “I’ll be there tomorrow. It’s been fun. [The Defenders showrunners] Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez are both good friends of mine. I enjoy it. Much like this [The Good Place], I like the show. I like the people.” Goddard, whose credits also include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias, Lost, and Cloverfield, said with a laugh, “My career is a story of going to hang out with my friends and make cool stuff.”
We have already seen a good bit of crossover in the Netflix Marvel universe, with Luke Cage showing up in Jessica Jones, and Jerri Hogarth showing up in Daredevil, as well as many secondary characters, such as Brett Mahoney, showing up in both shows. The overlap is exciting for fans, as well as the folks making it happen.
We still have those moments where Doug or Jeph [Loeb] or somebody will just say, ‘I can’t believe we’re talking about Luke Cage and Iron Fist and Daredevil and Jessica in the same show.’ That seems like a pipe dream, ten years ago, the idea that we can have shows cross like that. That many shows, crossed, I don’t remember that happening in a way that you can fit it into a plan. It’s been really fun. I don’t know that it would have worked without Netflix’s support of that vision. It’s really fun to see it all come together.
The only glimpse of The Defenders that we have gotten so far was a teaser without any of the characters present. That didn’t keep me, as well as many other fans, from watching it several times to see all of the details that were included. The fact that the folks behind the scenes are just as excited for the show as the fans has shown in the final product, so far, and Goddard’s involvement will ensure that The Defenders is the same high quality we have come to expect in this universe.
The Defenders will air on Netflix in 2017. How excited are you to have Goddard working in the writer’s room? Let us know in the comments!