24 May 2014 12:20 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Less than 24 hours after news broke that director Edgar Wright has left Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” over creative differences, Drew Goddard has stepped down as showrunner of Marvel’s new Netflix series “Daredevil.”

Goddard has handed the job over to fellow “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” writer Steven S. DeKnight.

In addition to serving as series showrunner and exec producer, Goddard was supposed to write and direct the first episode of “Daredevil,” which is set to premiere on the streaming site next year. Filming will begin this summer in New York

Goddard will now serve as a consultant on the original drama, but focus most of his attention on writing and directing Sony’s upcoming “Spider-Man” villain-focused spinoff “Sinister Six.”

DeKnight was the showrunner of Starz’s “Spartacus.” He worked with Goddard on Joss Whedon’s cult TV series “Buffy” and its spinoff “Angel.” He also has experience in the superhero show »


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