Drew Goddard Talks About DAREDEVIL Season 2, Pitching Marvel a DAREDEVIL Film, and More
The Cabin in The Woods director Drew Goddard was originally set to run Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil show, but he ended up leaving that to take his dream job at Sony to make a Sinister Six film. That project was abandoned after Sony teamed with Marvel to bring Spider-Man to the MCU, although it could still happen sometime down the line if Marvel wants it to.
In an interview with IGN, Goddard spoke about his initial take on the Netflix series, how a film version of Daredevil would have ended up "watered down," and the upcoming second season, which he executive produced:
"I went into Marvel and talked to them about making it as a movie a couple of years ago, long after the Affleck movie. But what we all sort of realised is that, this movie doesn’t want to cost $200 million. The thing about Matt Murdock is, he’s not saving the world. He’s just keeping his corner clean. So it would feel wrong to have spaceships crashing in the middle of the city. But because of that, Marvel on the movie side is not in the business of making $25 million movies. They’re going big, as they should...
It felt that we’d have more freedom to make it on the small screen and make it more adult. Look, if we took the Netflix [show] and put it in theatres, it’s rated R. And they’re not doing R-rated movies. And we also got to really explore the character. I feel like Netflix was the best possible home for that, otherwise you’d end up with a watered down version...
I’m not running the show any more, Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez are, and they’re doing a phenomenal job. I get to go and play. All I can tell you is that if you liked Season 1, then Season 2 is going to blow your mind. They’re going big."
Goddard clearly loves the character of Daredevil, and it might have been cool to see what he could have done with Matt Murdock on the big screen, but it's hard to deny that the small scope of the character is very well suited for TV. It's only a matter of time until the TV characters are referenced or included in the MCU films, so maybe we'll end up seeing Daredevil share the screen with The Avengers by the time Avengers: Infinity War comes around.