Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix series continues to gain acclaim and notice as word-of-mouth carries the series into Netflix streams of more and more viewers, making season 2 of the series one the more highly-anticipated projects on the 2016 slate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Big things are happening in Daredevil season 2; Punisher is coming to town, longtime Daredevil love interest Elektra will be popping up, and some Marvel villains and heroes may show up to the party, as well. One big reason for the success of season 1 was writer and executive producer Drew Goddard (Lost, Cloverfield, Cabin in the Woods), who is now talking about season 2 of the show.
It was announced early on in season 2’s development that Goddard and showrunner Steven DeKnight would NOT be returning to run season 2. Both men have other projects on their dockets, so the sophomore season of Daredevil was delegated to Doug Petrie (American Horror Story) and Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy), who worked closely with DeKnight and Goddard on season 1. However, speaking with Collider, Goddard assuaged some fans’ fears, by making it clear that he is still involved with Daredevil and the writing of season 2 – just in a different sort of way:
…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 will say that it has been a joy to talk about Season 2 and I think fans are gonna be really excited.”
While many Marvel movies have stumbled with their sophomore efforts, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. set a good precedent for Marvel TV last year, with a season 2 that improved things exponentially over the missteps of season 1. AoS season 3 looks even better with its “Secret Warriors” approach, and Daredevil season 2 certainly sounds promising – even more so, hearing that Goddard truly is lending his attention to the crafting of it.
When talking about continuity (the fickle sticking point of many a Marvel die-hard fan), Goddard had a surprisingly cooling opinion to share on the matter of cinematic storytellers making changes to traditional comic book characters:
“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.”
The point is one that we here at SR have made ourselves: comic books have always been, by nature, butterfly narratives: the change in the cocoons of different creative teams and differing creative visions, while still retaining the core nature of the character. If comic books have always allowed new creative teams to make changes to a character’s origin, costume, behavior, tone, etc… Why can’t comic book movie creators?
As for long-standing rumors of Goddard taking on more Marvel Netflix shows and building The Defenders; here’s what the filmmaker had to say about future opportunities playing in the MCU:
“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… 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…”
Being a true-blue fan (not to mention close friend of Avengers movie architect, Joss Whedon), Goddard is long overdue for a bigger seat in the MCU creators’ circle – but which property would be the best fit? Let us know your thoughts.
Daredevil season one is currently available on Netflix. Jessica Jones will be made available starting November 20th, 2015, followed by Luke Cage season one and Daredevil season two (a.k.a. Daredevil V Punisher) in 2016. Iron Fist and The Defenders will arrive sometime thereafter.