Former Daredevil season 1 showrunner Steven DeKnight recently stated his desire to return to work for Marvel again, with the only caveat being he would have to clear his increasingly busy schedule in order to do so. DeKnight began his work for Marvel with the first season of Netflix’s Daredevil, stepping in for series creator Drew Goddard, who left to begin work on other projects, like Sony’s Spider-Man shared universe properties that never got off the ground. After a successful first outing for the Man Without Fear, DeKnight also left to pursue other projects; namely, joining the writers’ room for Paramount’s Transformers films and later to helm Pacific Rim Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 giant fighting robot movie.
DeKnight is known to TV fans as the creator of Starz’ Spartacus series, which ran for four seasons and helped introduce Manu Bennett and Liam McIntyre to American audiences. Since then, the writer-director had the proposed sci-fi action series Incursion, which never came to fruition. However, that setback certainly didn’t stop DeKnight from making the move into big budget blockbusters, as Pacific Rim Uprising is set for a March 2018 release.
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But even though he’s been playing with giant robots — both those who are often in disguise and the giant kaiju-fighting variety — DeKnight doesn’t want to stray too far from the MCU. After launching Netflix’s first Marvel series to good notices from critics and fans alike, it would seem as though the studio would want to give him another project at some point down the line. According to DeKnight on his Twitter account, he’d “love to.”
Would love to, schedule permitting. https://t.co/V4E1QrMDlW
— Steven DeKnight (@stevendeknight) December 26, 2017
There is no word on whether or not Marvel is even looking to bring DeKnight back to work on another project, but given his presumed popularity among fans of his television work, and should Pacific Rim Uprising turn out to be a blockbuster sequel that outperforms its predecessor, the studio might want to think about handing the reins of another franchise or TV series over. In fact, now that DeKnight’s made the move to special effects-laden blockbusters, Marvel might do well to work with the director on one of its upcoming theatrical releases.
That being said, there would likely be no complaints from viewers should DeKnight wind up as showrunner on another Marvel TV series. Daredevil is now on its third showrunner in as many seaons, and Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Punisher have their respective showrunners on lockdown as well. If DeKnight did return, perhaps Marvel would see fit to have him launch another new series just like he did with Daredevil. That would be in the distant future no doubt, so for now, it’s nice to know DeKnight would at least entertain the idea of returning.
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