Long before we ever met Charlie Cox as Daredevil, Drew Goddard put together an idea for the series, and along with Jeph Loeb, worked to make that idea happen at Netflix. While Goddard wasn’t able to stay involved as the showrunner on Daredevil, he had written the first two episodes and plotted out the season before handing the reins over to Steven DeKnight. The writer has continued to be involved in the Netflix side of the MCU, currently working as an executive producer on The Defenders.
While Goddard handed Daredevil over to DeKnight for season one, DeKnight also had to move on to another project (Pacific Rim 2) and showrunning duties were handed over to Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie for season two. Ramirez and Petrie, much like Goddard, have been involved in the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the beginning as they served as writers during season one. Following their role as the Daredevil season two showrunners, the duo is returning to the MCU as showrunners for The Defenders. In a recent interview with Collider, Goddard assured fans that the highly anticipated team-up series is in the right hands.
For people who are anxiously awaiting The Defenders TV series on Netflix, which you’re an executive producer on, what would you say to reassure them that Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez are the right showrunners?
GODDARD: They’re so talented. I’ve known Doug since the Buffy days. Doug and I have worked together for 20 years, and Marco and I worked together on Daredevil. They’re so talented. It’s just more of the same, quite honestly. If you liked Daredevil, than it’s the guys who did that, who are wildly talented. It’s just really fun. It’s really fun to see these four different shows come together. I’m excited for people to see that. We’re certainly having a blast doing it. Hopefully, people will enjoy it, as well. It’s been really fun. Netflix has been such a wonderful partner, and Marvel clearly knows what it’s doing. To get to have that freedom and support to create four different shows, that’s not something that television networks like to do. They like it all to feel exactly the same. But Netflix was very much like, “We want to create four very different shows,” and they’ve allowed the creators to make those shows. It’s been really fun.
Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist are a unique combination of television shows, and are coming together in a way we have never seen four television shows come together. Goddard gives credit to this amazing project to Netflix.
It’s great that Netflix has made the necessary investment to allow those shows to be what they need to be.
GODDARD: I remember when Jeph Loeb, Melissa Rosenberg and I met at a bar, before we pitched to Netflix for the first time and we said, “Well, this would be the dream, if we could be on Netflix and make these different shows.” But, we didn’t believe it would ever happen. It’s a real credit to Jeph, in getting that train up the hill. We didn’t think that would happen. And Netflix really got on board.
The results of Netflix’s openness to creativity are a series of shows with complex heroes and villains. We’ll see more of this universe in ten days, when Luke Cage premieres on Netflix.