Marvel may be owning things on the movie front with their movies, but who’d’ve thought they’d also be killing it on the Netflix front as well? Earlier this year, fans had high hopes that the “Daredevil” Netflix series would begin an amazing trend, though many (including this humble writer) had lingering skepticism brought about by the 2003 “Daredevil” movie. Luckily for all parties involved, the series was an instant hit. Between the amazing fight scenes and terrific development of the main villain, there was a whole lot for fans to love.
Marvel’s Netflix success continued with “Jessica Jones,” and now not only does season two of “Daredevil” have to live up to its previous season, but it has to live up to “Jessica Jones” as well. We know that season two will have both the Punisher and Elektra, but will the show creators simply focus on amping up the stakes for the show in order to make it better?
Speaking with Collider, series creator Drew Goddard (who is still involved in the series to some capacity) spoke on this very subject.
“We try never to make pushing the boundary the goal, if that makes sense. You just do what’s right for the character. I think what’s nice about Netflix is we have the freedom to be a little more adult. But none of us sit in the writer’s room and say, ‘let’s shock everyone today.’ That’s not really the goal. It’s more about, ‘what’s the character going through?’ Obviously these characters — Frank [Castle (a.k.a. the Punisher)] — deal with darker, dirtier things. So we’ll see what happens there. But it’s never where we start. We start with character, and if we’re allowed to push it, then we do.”
This is nothing new from Goddard. We’ve known from early on that they were aiming to create a character-driven show, and by all accounts they’ve succeeded. However, with success, of course, comes the pressure to beat out previously-set bars of quality. Studio executives all of a sudden have an interest in one-upping things, and this tends to lead down a slippery slope of short-sighted changes.
If Goddard’s quotes are any indication, we’ll have nothing to worry about. Should they maintain the character-driven approach, we’ll have another great season in store for The Man Without Fear.
What do you think of Goddard’s comments? Are you looking forward to season two of “Daredevil”? Let us know your thoughts down below!