Drew Goddard is no stranger to the Hollywood machine. He’s been involved with visionaries like Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, and plenty more, and lately he’s become something of a visionary himself. He’s been tagged for a number of big projects, giving him a chance to truly stretch his wings. But one rumor that’s floated around in recent days may very well put Goddard on par with the Whedons of the world should it come to fruition.
According to a report from Deadline, Goddard is set to meet with studio execs to helm the newest reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. Given his extensive resume, it’s easy to see why Sony would be foolish to pass on him, but some people out there may still need some convincing.
1. Goddard already was working on a proposed Sinister Six movie
Back when Sony had originally signed on Andrew Garfield as their new Spidey, they had big plans for the rest of the franchise, including the villain-centric Sinister Six. Goddard was originally supposed to be the man in charge of Sinister, but after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fell well short of expectations, the plans were scrapped. That being so, even getting into the beginning stages put Goddard in a position to get familiar with the source material, and engrossing him in the mythos of Spider-Man. This is a man who’s no stranger to the web-slinger, making him the perfect choice to be reboot the franchise once more.
2. Four words: Cabin in the Woods
Back in 2012, Cabin in the Woods was the horror movie the genre so desperately needed. Self-aware, hilarious, and also terrifying, it was the meta-horror flick that put Goddard on the map as a director. Sadly, no one’s been able to duplicate his efforts to further move the genre along, but that’s no fault of his. What it really shows though is his versatility as a director with little to no history making anything even remotely in the realm of horror. This inexperience didn’t stop him from making an incredible movie, demonstrating an ability to grow, learn, and adapt depending on the project. Whether it’s superheroes, horror, or something entirely different, Goddard is a man of many hats.
3. Two more words: Joss Whedon
Goddard has spent much of career working with none other than the man behind The Avengers, Joss Whedon. In the past, they’ve teamed up for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and the aforementioned Cabin in the Woods. Any time you’re attached at the hip to a writer/director with as distinct a vision as Whedon, you’re bound to pick up a few things along the way. Based on the look and feel of most of Goddard’s work, it clear he’s done just that in those artistically formative years.
4. Goddard has made his own way writing for shows like Lost and Alias
Both Lost and Alias are known for their complex stories full of twists and turns (sometimes almost to a fault). Goddard, having been a writer on both shows, demonstrated his ability to create and maintain a complicated universe, however convoluted they each may have ended up. It’s hard to deny the man’s writing chops given that fact, especially when you remember that the failings of Lost were likely on the shoulders of Damon Lindelof, a writer who can’t help but needlessly complicate his stories.
5. He’s already in charge of one superhero franchise with Netflix’s Daredevil
Daredevil may have yet to release on Netflix, but from what we’ve seen, it’ll be the darker, more well-made version of the Man Without Fear that the Ben Afleck effort failed at so profoundly. It’s a project where Goddard was given full control of as writer/director, and will be the litmus test for just how well he can handle a comic book franchise. Based on his past accomplishments, we have a hard time imagining the new Daredevil as anything but exactly what we’ve always wanted. Having that notch in his belt will only serve to prepare him for taking control of yet another comic world with Spider-Man.