News broke this weekend that Drew Goddard would be leaving Marvel’s upcoming Netflix Daredevil series, where he was previously set to be showrunner. The move took place because Goddard is now committed to directing Marvel’s Sinister Six Spider-Man universe movie, which is apparently a priority. Though The Amazing Spider-Man 2 performed less than amazingly in theaters (even hundreds of millions of dollars doesn’t necessarily make a film a success any more), Sony is pushing ahead to blow up the Spider-Man universe with more movies like Sinister Six.
So what of Daredevil? It’s now being handed over to Steven DeKnight, a Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumni. Goddard was also a Buffy vet, so in that sense, it’s sort of staying within the family. DeKnight is reportedly in final talks to take over the series. Most recently, he served as showrunner for Spartacus on Starz, which probably gets me more excited than anything given how surprisingly well that show turned out.
In the grand scheme of things, I actually think Marvel’s upcoming Netflix quartet of shows is more important to the brand than a Sinister Six/Expanded Spider-Man movie will be. Marvel could find great success in TV with the proper care, and I’m not sure blockbusters will keep being favored over longform TV storytelling, given how things are moving. But even with Goddard’s departure, I’m still excited about Daredevil, especially because of how much great work DeKnight has to his name.
What do you think? Was Goddard wrong to leave Daredevil for Sinister Six?
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