Is The Punisher about to become the first superhero to be rebooted three times in less than a decade? I guess technically the Hulk has also been rebooted three times now with the confirmation of Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk in The Avengers. However, it still remains to be seen if there will be another Hulk movie with Ruffalo in the lead role. As for Frank Castle, news came out this week that Marvel has recently regained the rights to the character, and they do plan to do something with him… they’re just not saying what it is yet.
During a Marvel Entertainment panel at the San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, Marvel’s head of production Kevin Feige confirmed the following: “Frank Castle is under the roof of Marvel Studios… and we hope to bring him into the fray shortly.” Lionsgate previously held the rights, but after the failure of the last movie Punisher: War Zone they apparently decided to let the property go. Could this mean there is a new movie in development?
Ray Stevenson was the last man to play The Punisher, while Thomas Jane starred in the 2004 film, and if you go even further back, Dolph Lundgren starred in an ’80s adaptation. It seems crazy that there have been three chances to capture this bad ass comic book on the big screen, and all of them have more or less failed. Can Marvel get it right by taking matters into their own hands? What do you think, is there still room for one more version of The Punisher?