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‘Daredevil’ Gets New Showrunner; ‘Ant-Man’ Directorless

Marvel continues to make news with gigantic changes to two of its upcoming features. Drew Goddard of Cabin in the Woods fame has relinquished some of his showrunning duties for the short-run Daredevil series set to appear on Netflix in 2015. The show’s first two episodes will reportedly still be directed by Goddard — and he’ll stay attached to the project as one of the show’s executive producers — but the remainder will be in the hands of Steven S. DeKnight, a seasoned helmer of Starz’s Spartacus and, more importantly, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. It’s hard to say how this decision will affect the quality of the show, since we have no plot or casting information whatsoever, but sitting a Buffy alum in the director’s chair indicates an exquisite balance of comedy, action, and connection, if I do say so myself.

Goddard will go on to direct the Sinister Six movie, which will feature Spider-Man’s greatest foes teaming up for what we can only expect to be some sort of villainous shenanigans. I can’t quite wrap my head around an all-villain movie, but I’m excited to see brief cameos of a (hopefully masked) Spidey dishing out justice and quips in equal measure.

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Meanwhile, in the MCU, Edgar Wright (Shaun of the DeadHot FuzzThe End of the World) has dropped out of directing the long-percolating Ant-Man. The news comes as a shock, since Wright has been attached to an Ant-Man script since 2006, before even Iron Man altered our movie-going destinies in 2008. Marvel and Wright parted ways over creative differences. Under the strain of MCU continuity, and pressure for every film to build towards the next Avengers movie, it can be understandably stressful directing a Marvel picture. And Marvel is known for wracking its directors in an effort to keep its MCU humming. What this news means for the tone of the movie is unclear, but we were looking forward to a zany departure from the usual Marvel fare — though we may still get something pretty wacky if James Gunn and his Guardians of the Galaxy have anything to say about it.

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Speaking of James Gunn, he posted this thoughtful comment on his Facebook in light of the news:

Sometimes you have friends in a relationship. You love each of them dearly as individuals and think they’re amazing people. When they talk to you about their troubles, you do everything you can to support them, to keep them together, because if you love them both so much doesn’t it make sense they should love each other? But little by little you realize, at heart, they aren’t meant to be together – not because there’s anything wrong with either of them, but they just don’t have personalities that mesh in a comfortable way. They don’t make each other happy. Although it’s sad to see them split, when they do, you’re surprisingly relieved, and excited to see where their lives take them next.

It’s easy to try to make one party “right” and another party “wrong” when a breakup happens, but it often isn’t that simple. Or perhaps it’s even more simple than that – not everyone belongs in a relationship together. It doesn’t mean they’re not wonderful people.

And that’s true of both Edgar Wright and Marvel. One of them isn’t a person, but I think you get what I mean.

 

We know what you mean, James.

What do you think of all of this? Excited to see Goddard out and DeKnight in? Does Marvel squeeze its directors a bit too hard?

 

via comicbookresources.com, screenrant.com

Featured Image via MondoTees

Kurt Wooden

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