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With the movie industry being what it is - an ever-changing and mysterious collection of often seemingly inexplicable creative changes and distinctly conservative business decisions - it's arguably never all that surprising when a given director doesn't end up working on a movie we all expected them to be a part of. After all, with budgets so high, and profit margins so small, both studios and directors have a whole lot to lose if they end up picking the ever-so-slightly wrong partner, irrespective of the company's merit, or the director's ability.

As a result, the fact that Cop Car's Jon Watts ended up being the one hired to direct Spider-Man's forthcoming solo entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe - and not, as widely expected, Cabin in the Woods director and original Daredevil showrunner Drew Goddard - is perhaps not all that shocking.

What is very much intriguing, though, is the fact that, according to Goddard himself:

Drew Goddard Didn't Direct Spider-Man's New Solo Movie for the Best Possible Reason

As Goddard told Cinema Blend, while at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) promoting The Martian (for which he provided the screenplay):

"I mean, I think that’s more a question for them, but here’s the good news. I’ve worked with Marvel a lot. The way that Marvel sort of works is they say, ‘Hey, do you have an idea for… Here’s the movies we’re thinking about making…’ They sort of tell the world what they’re thinking of making, and they sort of put out there, if you have an idea for any of these, come talk to us."
"And I think, with Spider-Man, I didn’t really have an idea. Part of that might have just been because I had just written one. I spent a year working on Sinister Six, and I think I was like in a head space where I just didn’t… you know, it’s very hard to say, ‘Ok, now write a new movie.’ So, it never got that far. We never, it never got taken that far."

Or, in other words, Goddard didn't end up directing Spider-Man because he wasn't right for the job at that precise moment in time, and was fully aware of that fact. Which is way more emotionally mature and pragmatic a response to what is ultimately a rejection than a whole lot of other folks in Hollywood can lay claim to.

The best part? It also doesn't mean we aren't ever going to see the very talented Goddard team up with Marvel:

"They know how much respect I have for them. They’ve been very nice to me over the years, and I know sooner or later, we’re going to find the right project. It’s all about timing."

Here's hoping that timing works out soon, then...

What do you reckon, though?

via Cinema Blend


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