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At this year's San Diego Comic-Con writer/director Joss Whedon revealed that he actually turned to his frequent collaborator Drew Goddard for advice when he was constructing the Loki scenes in last year's The Avengers, but now Goddard is ready to take on a much bigger position in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Following up on last week's news that Marvel Studios has struck up a deal with Netflix to create four new television series, The Wrap is now reporting that Goddard is now in talks to be the man put in charge of scripting the show based around the blind superhero known as Daredevil.
Goddard is best known for his work alongside Whedon, having scripted episodes of both Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel in addition to directing and co-writing The Cabin In The Woods, but the filmmaker has a long list of credits outside of the Whedonsphere as well. On the small screen he worked with J.J. Abrams on both Lost and Alias, and in 2008 he scripted the ound footage monster movie Cloverfield. Most recently he was called in to try and help rescue the end of World War Z by completely re-writing the movie's third act (which worked out well based on critical reaction). He also wrote the adaptation for the upcoming sci-fi epic Robopocalypse that Steven Spielberg is attached to direct - though at this time it looks as though that movie is still years away.
Daredevil, whose alter ego is the blind attorney Matt Murdock, was first introduced back in 1964 and was created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett. Due in part to the character's disability, he has superhuman senses and sensitivity and is a skilled fighter in addition to being a clever detective. In the movie world, unfortunately, the character is best known for the Mark Steven Johnson-directed Daredevil, which was a big critical flop when it was released back in 2003.
While initial reports said that the Netflix shows wouldn't start airing until 2015 - which is the same year as Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Utron - weirdly The Wrap's report says that the new Daredevil series "will kick off next year" (though it's possible that they just mean that's when cameras are scheduled to start rolling). In addition to The Man Without Fear, the other characters getting their own Netflix shows include Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones - all of whom will come together for a miniseries based on the superhero team known as The Defenders.
Do you think that Goddard is a good fit for Daredevil? What showrunners would you like to see become attached to the other upcoming series? Let us know what you're thinking in the comments below!