Before the entire Amazing Spider-Man universe fell apart, Drew Goddard was tapped to write and direct a spinoff centered on the Sinister Six. Then when Sony cancelled their plans for their universe and started to share Spider-Man with Marvel Studios, there were rumors that Goddard’s script would be revamped to fit the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, it was confirmed that Jon Watts (Cop Car) would direct using a script written by Vacation scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein.
And even though Goddard’s script won’t be used, he is still very much involved with other Marvel Studio-related projects. One of them being Daredevil. As the executive producer, Goddard wrote and directed the first two episodes of the Netflix series. Now a consultant for the show, Goddard has moved on to bigger projects like The Martian, which he is currently promoting at the Toronto International Film Festival. There he had a chance to talk about his relationship with Marvel Studios and the cancelled Sinister Six. Check out what he had to say below.
As some may recall, Sinister Six‘s release date was pushed up forcing Goddard to drop out of Daredevil. At the time, Spider-Man was still under Sony, while Daredevil was under Marvel. The move left some wondering if there was any animosity because of him leaving one studio for another one, but that doesn’t appear to be the case as he tells Collider in a recent interview:
“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.”
Sounds like he left a part of himself with Daredevil at the time, and now that he is back he can finally bring his vision to life. While executive producer doesn’t really amount to much, Goddard says he is still involved with season 2, even though it is at a small capacity:
“My job is wonderful which is—I mean my friends are running it, Marco [Ramirez] and Doug [Petrie], and when I say, ‘What do you guys need?’ they say, ‘Come in, talk.’ That’s how it works, I’m still the executive producer. I show up and we talk about Matt Murdock and I say, ‘Do you need any more help?’ and they say, ‘No,’ and then I leave (laughs).”
But what about his Spider-Man spinoff. As aforementioned, Goddard was working on a spinoff based on the Sinister Six after leaving the position of Daredevil showrunner. A few months later Sony announced that they would be sharing Spider-Man with Marvel, and all projects relating to the Spider-Man shared universe would be cancelled. So when it was announced that the film found its writers and directors, it debunked the rumor that Goddard’s script wouldn’t be revamped for the reboot. Goddard addressed some of those issues in an interview with Cinemablend:
“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.”
Now that he is addressing it, part of me is glad that the script revamp didn’t happen. At the time Sinister Six was still in the early development stages, and he was already in the midst of writing it. But for him to change the script which was molded for Sony’s Spider-Man universe and turn in into something that would fit the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be a difficult undertaking.
But it sure does sound like Goddard has his heart set on being fully involved with any Marvel project. But it’s clear that his schedule is preventing him from doing anything like that. However, the way he talks about Spider-Man, it seems like he wants to be involved with that character more than anyone else in the MCU, it’s just a matter of time.
[Source: CinemaBlend | Collider]