Just a year ago, Sony was still planning to go a very different direction with their Spider-Man franchise. While The Amazing Spider-Man 2 might not have been the smash hit they had hoped it would be, it still did well enough for the production studio to continue forward with their planned shared universe that would have included both Venom and Sinister Six movies.
But, after certain circumstances, such as overwhelmingly poor fan reception and a hack that set Sony back quite a bit, the studio is now planning to produce yet another reboot of Spider-Man, this time in conjunction with Marvel Studios. Things seem to be going fairly well for this new cinematic Spider-Man, with Tom Holland making his first appearance as the character in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War before swinging into his own solo movies. What still remains unclear, however, is what is currently happening with Sony's planned spider-centric spin-off films.
Drew Goddard, who previously worked on Marvel's Daredevil series, had worked on Sinister Six for around a year before Sony put it on hold. Since then, Goddard was rumored to be an early favorite to work on the Spider-Man reboot for Marvel and Sony before the gig ended up going to Cop Car director Jon Watts. Now, in a new interview with Cinema Blend, Goddard has revealed why he ended up not writing or directing the Spider-Man reboot, saying it was all a matter of timing:
"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."
While it would have been interesting to see what Goddard's take on Spidey might have entailed, it's understandable why it wasn't the right fit. After working on one idea for a year, suddenly shifting gears to fit the MCU would certainly have been a daunting task. Of course, as Goddard indicates, that doesn't mean he and Marvel will never work together again.
Later, Goddard reiterated his love for the character, saying he likes seeing the different directions filmmakers go with Spidey:
"There’s stuff in all five of the Spider-man films that I adore. It’s just fun to see filmmakers... The thing is, that character. He’s such a transcendent character and it’s really fun to see everyone take their crack at him, you know?"
Although Goddard won't be getting a crack at the first film in this new Spider-Man series, that doesn't necessarily mean he won't be able to direct one further down the line. Perhaps Goddard could helm the second or third in the franchise, that is if he hasn't already booked another Marvel job before then.
Ant-Man is now in theaters. Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.