Punisher & Daredevil films planned?

Head of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige mentions Marvel heroes in consecutive sentences.

Marvel Comics' Daredevil

Don’t you just hate it when those so-called journalists get the jump on a piece of news that’s so cool and exciting that…they make you wait for it?

Okay, so maybe it’s not really news, but for a hardcore group of Marvel fans who have gathered around the snowballing Marvel Cinematic Universe, the upcoming wait for an interview with Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige can’t come soon enough over at bleedingcool.com, as one of their writer monkeys dropped this little tidbit, straight from Feige’s mouth:

“We’re trying to figure out what to do with Daredevil now. Punisher could show up at one point. You know, once we get characters back into the Marvel fold we don’t want to do something right away, we want to do the smart thing at the smart time.”

That bugger. Those buggers. Obviously, with the varied amounts of success which the darker seam of Marvel characters such as Daredevil, The Punisher and Blade have struggled for over the past few years, it can’t be said that Marvel geeks are clamouring for all guns blazing action right this very second; as the rest of the Cinematic Universe is unfolding so brilliantly that we’re probably a little more content to wait and see.

Well, I say that, as I’m trying to book my Age Of Ultron cinema tickets right now, but personally I’m happy for the moment. As mentioned before on this little corner of the ‘net, now that the film rights to these films are going back to Marvel, we could see any number of them popping up in the near future.

While for me, the Blade films suffered from some casting problems and Daredevil suffered from some not-being-any-good-at-all problems, these films are ripe for re-imagining in the near future. After all, if Spider-Man can reboot itself every six months then why shouldn’t they have another go at the less-frequently trotted out comic book heroes?

I reckon Punisher and Daredevil could easily set out another chapter of the Universe between them; one which is a little more grounded in reality (well, compared to the one with all the gods knocking about anyway). Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime; tough on John Travolta and Colin Farrell. Okay, maybe not those two again. For me, “the smart thing at the smart time” which Feige refers to would be a straight-up team-up film between the two; double your pleasure for a box office take which would be, let’s say, 1.75 times what they could expect from a solo mission. Cast a couple of relative unknowns in the role so that we’re not trying to comprehend the smug grin of one of America’s most handsome men (who has since gone on to inherit a wee bit of cash as the CEO of Wayne Enterprises) and take a gamble on a 15 or an 18 rating.

What do you reckon? Will we be seeing Frank Castle and Matt Murdoch’s alter egos onscreen any time soon?

One thought on “Punisher & Daredevil films planned?

  1. I’d like them to do a new daredevil, but only if I could be assured that it wasn’t going to suck. Main reason? I’d like to be able to mention Daredevil and movie in the same sentence without wincing, hell its not his fault is it!

    Or how about a She-Hulk movie? Just to test all possible combinations of hulk having solo film before finding success…

    Or on a more serious note, Black Panther?… Though I do believe that’s one of those been in the works for 20 years never going to see the light of day in reality films isn’t it

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