Netflix and Marvel Television are already underway developing the first of their four planned straight-to-streaming series, “Daredevil.” It’s being reported that Drew Goddard, best known for being the director and co-writer of “Cabin in the Woods,” is in final negotiations to write and run the project.
Despite that, this is pretty exciting development (if it does end up being true) because it means there’s a good chance that these Netflix shows will end up being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Joss Whedon is Marvel’s main consultant on the movies and TV show, “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” and he and Goddard have a great working relationship.
Most recently, the pair teamed up on “Cabin in the Woods,” which Whedon co-wrote. Goddard also wrote episodes of “Angel,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and the “Buffy the Vampire: Slayer: Season 8 Motion Comic.” Goddard is similarly close with J.J. Abrams, having penned episodes of “Alias,”, “Lost” and the flick “Cloverfield.” All in all, the self-professed “Daredevil” fan has got a great pedigree.
Though his relationship with Whedon is not a confirmation of these Marvel-Netflix series being a part of the MCU, it wouldn’t be that surprising. Marvel is moving into its Phase 3 (aka post-“The Avengers: Age of Ultron”) in 2015 when this “Daredevil” series is slated to hit Netflix, which means it’s the perfect time for the studio to start introducing new elements to its already winning formula.
Thus far the only confirmed Phase 3 movie is “Ant-Man,” so there’s room for plenty more on that slate. Having the Netflix shows, which are culminating in a “The Defenders” mini-series, be a part of the greater MCU seems like a great way to expand and take advantage of new mediums without pumping out a zillion movies a year. So if this really is the plan, then bravo, Marvel execs.
Do you also hope that these Netflix series are a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?