Back when it was first announced that Spider-Man would be heading over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Drew Goddard seemed a natural choice to direct the film. After all, this was a man who'd left his showrunner gig on "Daredevil" in order to make Sony's "Sinister Six" a reality. And given the work the man had already put into the franchise, it would seem fitting for Goddard to pop back into the director's chair for their next film, right?
Well we know Goddard was in talks, but as things turned out, Sony and Marvel instead opted for Jon Watts to direct, with co-writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein handling the script. This move from Sony and Marvel seemed to leave Goddard out in the cold. Sure, he went on to adapt the script for the upcoming film, "The Martian," but all the same, it feels a bit like injustice for him to not get a crack at the franchise after all the work he's put in, right?
While promoting his work on "The Martian," our friends over at Cinema Blend asked him that very question: why wasn't he given a shot to direct the new Spidey flick?
"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."
It's definitely an unfortunate thing, as the man has produced some amazing work in his career thus far. But at the end of the day, all the ideas he had for "Sinister Six," of course, wouldn't work in this new universe. And if he had no further ideas for the world, why would they hire him?
But Goddard doesn't seem bitter about the whole thing. After all, his career seems to still be heading in the right direction. Critics so far seem to have nothing but high praise for "The Martian," and at the end of the day, who's to say inspiration for Spider-Man won't strike for him again in the future? Either way, Goddard remains a fan of the character.
"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?"
Are you still bummed that we never got to see Drew Goddard's vision of the Spider-Man on the big screen, or are you just curious to see things turn out with the character at this point? Let us know in the comment down below!
"The Martian" hits theaters on October 2, 2015.
SOURCE: Cinema Blend