Two big filmmakers have departed the Marvel cinematic universe in less than 24 hours.
Following yesterday’s announcement that director Edgar Wright has abruptly left the big screen Ant-Man movie, this morning Marvel announced that Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard will no longer be in charge of the upcoming Daredevil series for Netflix. Goddard has already written the first two episodes of the show and will keep a credit as executive producer. He’s being replaced by Steven S. DeKnight, who created Spartacus for Starz.
Disney and Marvel haven’t said exactly why Drew Goddard has left Daredevil. It might be because he’s too busy with the Spider-Man spin-off film The Sinister Six that’s in the works at Sony, but it might also be over the same kind of “creative differences” that caused Wright to leave Ant-Man. It seems unlikely that two big departures in less than 24 hours would be a coincidence. It’s also worth pointing out that Goddard is a frequent collaborator of The Avengers director Joss Whedon, who recently posted this image on Twitter in an apparent gesture of solidarity with Edgar Wright.
The Daredevil series will premiere exclusively on Netflix in 2015, and will be followed by several other Marvel shows being made for the streaming service.