Marvel's Post-Avengers Plans Can Now Include The Punisher
Posted 07.27.10 by Ryan
With The Avengers formally announced and Joss Whedon officially on board as director, Marvel Studios can now concentrate on the future. During the San Diego Comic-Con panel for the upcoming Thor adaptation, Marvel president of production Kevin Feige spoke to IGN about what projects Marvel is looking into.
What happens after [The Avengers] is what's being discussed now. Obviously, you've heard about Doctor Strange. I've been a vocal fan of Strange for a long time. Black Panther, I think, I mentioned recently. [Comic book writers Matt] Fraction and [Ed] Brubaker's reinvention of Iron Fist has gotten me excited to do some version of that in our world.
Marvel hired screenwriters Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to adapt a Doctor Strange screenplay in June, and may need to hire more screenwriters for another, more familiar character. Feige announced at a later Marvel panel that the rights to The Punisher character were back in Marvel's hands.
Frank Castle is under the roof of Marvel Studios ... and we hope to bring him into the fray shortly.
The Punisher has already been the subject of three previous movie adaptations. Dolph Lundgren played the character in the 1990 original, while Thomas Jane played the role in the 2004 version. Lionsgate bombed out with 2008's Punisher: War Zone (with Ray Stevenson replacing Jane in the title role), which may explain why they allowed the rights to revert back to Marvel.
Whether Marvel plans to reboot the movie (again) or simply add the character to another of its movie is unknown. Whatever Marvel has planned for the character, at least this time the company would only have itself to blame if the character once again doesn't yield a successful movie.