Before Jon Watts was announced as the director of the still untitled Spider-Man film set to hit theaters in 2017, it looked as though Drew Goddard, who’d been hired by Sony to direct a Sinister Six movie, would end up taking the reins on the project. Of course, that ended up not being the case.
Many believed it was because of the bad blood between Marvel and Goddard, which seemed evident in e-mails that had surfaced as part of the Sony Hack. If you’ll recall, Goddard was originally set to serve as the showrunner for Daredevil before leaving to work on Sony’s Sinister Six film, which led to Steven S. DeKnight taking over showrunner duties on the project. But according to Goddard, that is far from true.
While promoting the upcoming film The Martian at TIFF, Goddard explained that he’s still very much involved with Daredevil, and that his relationship with Marvel isn’t hostile as reports have suggested.
“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.”
He also took some time to explain to Cinema Blend why he ended up not directing Spider-Man as reports initially suggested, explaining that having spent so long working on that project, he couldn’t imagine trying to come up with an idea for a new Spider-Man film.
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 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.
While Goddard’s involvement on the second season of Daredevil will seemingly be minimal, his words regarding Spider-Man seem to indicate that he’s not completely out of the running for a future project. Goddard is an incredibly talented writer and director, and with still a few MCU films without a director, it’s possible we’ll be hearing his name tossed in the rumor mill soon enough.
Season two of Daredevil is currently filming in New York while the still untitled Spider-Man movie doesn’t hit movie theaters until July 28th, 2017.