Will Marvel bring The Punisher to the small screen?
Is a Punisher TV series in the works? Marvel Studios haven’t announced anything official regarding their television plans since it was revealed A.K.A Jessica Jones wouldn’t be picked up for a pilot, however our sources understand that Thomas Jane really wants to continue playing The Punisher. Now that the rights have reverted, and with Marvel being very keen to extend their cinematic universe through television, we might well be seeing the early makings of a Punisher TV show…
Jane as the titular character in the 2004 flick
Jane has made no secret of his love for the character, having played him in the 2004 film adaptation and recently reprising the role for a short film screened at this years Comic Con (which you can viewhere). Speaking about making the 10 minute short, which was not sanctioned by Marvel, Jane had the following to say;
“I wanted to make a fan film for a character I’ve always loved and believed in – a love letter to Frank Castle & his fans. It was an incredible experience with everyone on the project throwing in their time just for the fun of it. It’s been a blast to be a part of from start to finish — we hope the friends of Frank enjoy watching it as much as we did making it.”
Since the short aired the other day rumours have been circulating that it was actually designed to show Marvel Studios what could be achieved with the character on a tight budget. We thought the short was brilliant and really captured the essence of the character, and reminded us just how great Jane is in the role.
Thomas Jane reprising the role of Frank Castle in the 2012 short Dirty Laundry
The short has since appeared online despite previous assurances that it was only going to be shown once at Comic-Con and never again. Leading to further speculation that Thomas Jane and co. are trying to get the short to go viral and convince Marvel that a Punisher TV series set alongside the MCU could be a potentially lucrative move.
Marvel have undoubtedly seen the unanimously positive response to the short, so maybe we will see Frank Castle again sooner rather than later! What do you guys think? Would you like to see Jane don the skull and trenchcoat on a regular basis? Could The Punisher work on TV or is it too R rated? As usual sound off below…