While promoting his upcoming sci-fi film The Martian, screenwriter Drew Goddard also spoke about his involvement in the Netflix series Marvel's Daredevil. Drew Goddard wrote the first two episodes and serves as an executive producer, while Marco Ramirez and Douglas Petrie serve as the showrunners, a role he vacated when he was set to direct The Sinister Six for Sony. When asked if he's still involved in Marvel's Daredevil, Drew Goddard revealed that he recently sat in with the writer's room, while clearing up any rumors that there may have been any animosity between him and Marvel.
"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."
Of course, The Sinister Six never moved forward, since Sony is rebooting the entire Spider-Man franchise again, but Drew Goddard is still keeping plenty busy. He wrote the script for The Martian and the now-shelved sci-fi thriller Robopocalypse, along with the gestating sequel Cloverfield 2. Still, he enjoys coming in to help with any story issues his friends, co-showrunners Marco Ramirez and Douglas Petrie, may have. Here's what he had to say.
"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). I'm always there when they wanna talk about it, because this is what I do in my spare time anyway, sit around and talk about Daredevil. So if it counts as a job, I'm always ready to do it."
There will be plenty of changes in store for the Man Without Fear this season. Jon Bernthal signed on to play Punisher, with Elodie Yung coming aboard to play Elektra. While the producer wouldn't divulge any specific details, he did reveal that it has been a "joy" to work on the second season, and that fans will be "really excited." Are you excited to learn more about Marvel's Daredevil? Chime in with your thoughts below.