Kevin Feige Confirms Marvel Contract Through Phase 3; Talks ‘Punisher’ and ‘Daredevil’

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In five years, Marvel Studios has become one of the most successful (as in, $$$) film production studios currently active in the business, with its last two movies (The Avengers and Iron Man 3) both having grossed well over $1 billion worldwide in theaters. The future is also looking bright, with the next installment in Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: The Dark World, expected to perform quite well at the box office (just not on the level as Tony Stark’s latest adventure).

Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige has played a key role in the company’s success, but for how much longer will he continue to do so? The Marvel executive talked to reporters at the London press junket for The Dark World this past week (look for Screen Rant‘s report on the event in the near future), where he spoke briefly about his contract with Marvel and the future of newly-reacquired franchises based on the The Punisher and Daredevil comic books.

It’s been common knowledge for some time now that Feige’s contract with Marvel won’t end before serves as a producer on The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is the final installment in Phase 2 of the MCU. At the Dark World press junket, Collider asked Feige for an update on when his current deal with Marvel runs out, to which he replied:

“I think it’ll be awhile.  At least through the next phase or so.”

That means Feige will be employed by Marvel on through to at least 2018, when Phase 3 of the MCU concludes and The Avengers 3 opens in theaters. Feige previously revealed that there are new Marvel movies planned through to 2021 (when Phase 4 will be finished), so he’s already in a good place to continue serving as one of the studio’s chief creative executives after his current deal runs out.

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Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man is the only project to have been officially confirmed for Phase 3 thus far, but The Avengers 3 is a given and new IPs like Doctor Strange and Inhumans are heavily rumored (thanks to Feige having continually talked about them), along with the third solo movies featuring Captain America and Thor. The studio’s full slate is a big part of the reason why we didn’t cheer when Marvel regained the film rights to a handful of comic properties – Blade, Ghost Rider, Daredevil and The Punisher – earlier this year, since that means it’ll be a long time before any of those superheroes/anti-heroes get rebooted on the big screen.

Bleeding Cool asked Feige about the challenge that Daredevil and The Punisher will present Marvel (when they get around to rebooting them, anyway), seeing how their stories and worlds don’t lend themselves so much to the comparatively lighter and fantastical blockbusters that’ve been the studio’s bread and butter to date.

He replied:

“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.”

Back when Fox still owned the Daredevil rights, the plans for a new movie ranged from a semi-reboot based on Frank Miller’s acclaimed “Born Again” comic book mini-series – with David Slade (30 Days of Night) directing – to a 1970s throwback thriller, as pitched by Joe Carnahan (The Grey). Shortly after Marvel regained the film rights, we offered a list of suggestions for how to craft the perfect Daredevil TV series, as the alternative to a movie reboot.

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The unofficial Punisher short film, “Dirty Laundry” premiered during the 2012 Comic-Con, on its way to becoming the sort of viral hit that demonstrates there’s an audience that is interested in seeing the comic book property revisited (albeit, done well). Interestingly, Fox considered making a Punisher TV series around two years ago, but a small screen venture failed to come together before the rights reverted back to Marvel.

As it were, Marvel is looking to expand its product to television (which includes making a deal with Netflix), now that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has proven to be a large enough ratings hit for the studio and ABC to justify giving the show a full season order. TV series based around Punisher and Daredevil would be closer to the more serious and gritty comic book-inspired TV series that are currently on the air (like Arrow), which is something that could be all the more welcome by fans. In particular, this goes for viewers who aren’t interested in watching a watered-down retread (read: lower-budget, weaker cast) version of the Avengers-verse on the small screen, which is what the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series has offered so far (though, that may change in the future).

Let us know if you want to see new Daredevil and The Punisher projects made sooner rather than later, or if you would prefer that other superheroes get their shot at becoming a part of the MCU first.


Thor: The Dark World opens in theaters on November 8th, 2013, followed thereafter by Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1st, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31st, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6th, 2016, July 8th, 2016 and May 5th, 2017.

Source: Bleeding Cool, Collider

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  1. Okay, so his comment on Punisher and Daredevil was:

    “Yeah, we’ll eventually do something with Punisher and Daredevil.”


    • They had plans for other movies laid out years in advance before they got the rights back to those characters. They aren’t just gonna toss those aside just to start afresh on these characters that kinda have a damaged reputation with the general audience.

      • My point was the article suggests there was some type of news about Punisher and Daredevil.

        …and there isn’t.

        This is the equivalent of posting an article about a DC rep confirming that Wonder Woman and Aquaman are characters that they own.

        Anywayz, I’m hoping Marvel uses these characters together from the get-go, and eventually breaks away from the soon to be dull formula of “everyone gets there own origin story and franchise” routine.

        • You mean, having The Punisher as an established vigilante? Maybe with him telling his life up until that point to somebody, revealing that he had a criminal tied to a chair during an interrogation and decided to humour the guy until the crime boss he worked for shows up for a firefight, something Castle had hoped to happen?

          • that sounds like a beastie pilot for a punisher tv-ma series. either a tv show or movie every one must die in the punisher flicks or I will be mad

    • Hey, it could have been a three-pager too.

  2. I know a lot of people dislike this guy, but he seems to really love what he’s doing and is doing an awesome job of it. Nothing but respect for this guy.

    • I don’t get why ppl don’t like him. he only is a part of the biggest movie franchise in movie history . Its a franchise model that dc , fox,and even universal is trying to copy

  3. Do you think Thomas Jane would come back if they moved Punisher to TV? I really did enjoy his punisher…

    • I freakin’ hope not…

  4. I think TV is the best way to get The Punisher and Daredevil out in to the universe, as long as they use actors that are the right age for the characters. I do not want to see a 20 something cast like on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Aside from Coulson and Ming Na Wen), that is killing the show for me.

    • agents of shield is ment for families and little kids.

      • That concept is lost on a lot of people. I enjoy that at 7:00 (CST) on Tuesday’s, I can sit down with my wife and son and watch this show together.

        • Its on abc. every one by know should know that abc=pg. aos is what it is. its like watching an spiderman cartoon or avengers cartoon and saying its too childish . I like aos and all the marvel and dc cartoons as well. I also would love a couple tv-ma marvel/dc shows too.

          • I actually think that people are well aware that AoS is targeted at children and families, and that the dissatisfaction is with the quality of the writing, characters, etc. There have been plenty of PG “kids’ shows” that have huge, enthusiastic adult can bases. Which is to say that a good enough show transcends age.

            • *FAN bases…

            • This is completely true.

              I never once thought of AoS as a “kid show”. How can you say that but not claim that the movies are for kids only too? Unless there’s an age rating and a reason for it to be for adults only, why can’t people expect better of AoS without resorting to the “well, of course it’ll be horrible, it’s meant for kids” retort when My Little Pony is meant for 4 year old girls but its biggest fanbase is 2-30 year old males?

  5. Doesn’t Disney have an exclusive distribution deal with Netflix starting soon? Perhaps, they could negotiate a deal to make Netflix originals for these Marvel characters that shouldn’t be on network television. That’s how I’d want to watch the Punisher, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, and Blade. Take the Marvel Knights to Netflix!

    • There was just a story last week that Marvel was shopping some TV shows. Marvel Knights!! Let’s make it happen!

  6. This guy is a genius, and a big part of the reason movies like this are so popular today. Great job by MARVEL to lock him up for a long time. Now we just need DC to get a guy like this to run their circus.

    • I guess they have Snyder and Goyer for the time being.

      • Except the guy in charge of the whole enchilada should not be directing or writing individual films. Ever. That’s why Marvel is firing on all cylinders and DC is constantly stalling out… you don’t just need an engine, you need a driver.

        Internal Combustion Metaphors FTW!

        • I guess the only argument to your comment is that the writer and director involved worked on Man Of Steel and the next DC project is the sequel, giving it some consistency.

          I would like to have someone like Geoff Johns or Bruce Timm involved though overall so that Goyer/Snyder/whoever else in future can focus on their own characters and then give them a roundtable discussion when it comes to a team movie.

          • agreed . if dc steps their game up all it does is give us great movies. Im geeked for a jla movie the same summer as avengers 3

          • Was Johns involved much with Green Lantern?

        • I’m thinking it comes down to trust. They trust Nolan,but do anyone knows who else they may trust w/the DCE franchise?

          • Well its definatly not Tim Burton

  7. Matt Murdock could easily show up in SHIELD as an attorney for superhumans.
    Frank Castle could also show up as having worked with Coulson/Fury before… They could even alter his origin slightly to have his family killed as a comeback for a SHIELD operation…

    For Blade, all they would have to do is an episode of SHIELD with the existance of Vampires being revealed to team… (it is Whedon’s forte after all) and a nod and a wink to a Daywalking Vampire hunter…

  8. A kid friendly punisher movie is gonna be a little difficult to do…

    • considering I think 1 or 2 of the bad guys the pun went up against didn’t get killed. it would be hard to think of a pg punisher unless you take a page from one of my favorite what if?’s . what if the punisher was the exterminator. for all who don’t know of it ants killed his family and he went on a crusade to kill all bug life out there

  9. I can hardly wait for a Punisher movie that begins with the Disney logo. Oh wait, yes I can.

    • Disney has distributed R-rated films before. They own Miramax and Touchstone. Their logo just doesnt show up to open the movie.

    • I don’t remember seeing a Disney logo with IM3.

  10. Disney makes a lot of r rated stuff. they just don’t put the Disney logo on it , they put a different studio that they own name on it. I just hope Disney keeps the marvel pg ips pg and the r ips r. there is so many of each there is no need to change things up like that

  11. I really hope they finally do The Punisher justice. He is literally THE easiest comic book character to make a movie out of and somehow they’ve screwed it up 3 times… For the role itself, I think Ray Stevenson had the best look. Large in size, brooding, and good with firearms. I kind of wish they reboot it but keep him in the starring role. I mean, they already have a relationship with him since he’s in the Thor movies. But since he’s just a side character, they can probably get away with him being The Punisher too and nobody would notice, lol.

  12. Aslong as they take their time to make both Daredevil & Punisher great whether they’d be on the big screen or small screen. Daredevil & Punisher: War zone films didn’t thrill me enough. So I hope something better comes along.

  13. i’d be totally down for a daredevil tv series in the vein of arrow…it would be wesome I feel..

  14. I think ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Punisher’ mini series’, tonally similar to the stuff on HBO, Showtime and AMC would really work.

    Honestly, I’d rather see those characters in that format then more movies with them. Although, the previous movies weren’t done by Marvel Studios, so there’s that.

  15. I think a Daredevil /Punisher team up movie would be cool. They’re two guys who had tragic losses in their lives and went different routes to deal with it.Daredevil believes in justice in the court room and Punisher believes in his own brand of justice. Make them fight each otherbut eventually teaming up to take down a major villain.

  16. This fan made poster for Marvel Knights alone makes me excited for possibilities now that Punisher and Daredevil are back at Marvel.

  17. bring back Thomas Jane as the punisher!

  18. Its a smart move.
    But anyways, I dont think I would want Thor 3 and Cap. America 3.
    Marvel should focus on new IP´s.

  19. Punisher could easily slide into any Marvel movie…Daredevil would need a Batman redo,they have similar stories, similar pain

  20. Well, whatever the case about these properties, they need to take a page from us fans. “Dirty Laundry” was the absolute best Punisher and Thomas Jane proved that he was the right fit for the role if given the proper script and director. Someone above said it’s the easiest story to adapt and I agree.

    Daredevil is a great universe but it’s like a darker, less interesting, Spider-man in my opinion. I see no reason why a TV show or even a new film has to focus on just one character. Why can’t it take several Marvel heroes (B-listers) and throw them all into the mix?

    Oh, I’m sorry but AoS is not very good. The last episode was the best so far and it still was a sub-par outing. Pure geek curiosity will keep this show alive… not quality.

  21. Would love to see another Punisher movie, but it could also prove to be a cost friendly tv series couldn’t it? Not many CGI and a hero based in reality would help keep cost low wouldn’t it?

  22. Daredevil versus Mr. Fear now, please!

  23. Punisher and Daredevil should be their own films. No crossovers for the Punisher. In Daredevil’s case, a crossover with Spiderman would be great.


  25. Frank would work best in a for-adults TV series. Showtime, AMC, STARZ or HBO (even abn animated version ala Spawn, but y’know, more consistent but with the same grittiness)

    Some Ideas I have: (no need to read it but if you’re a fan I’d love to hear the feedback on this idea, not even a fully-formed plot, clearly, more of a freehand written concept, off-the-cuff, as it where)

    Frank could encounter Nick Fury, the MAX version (with Infinity Formula), which I opt Nick giving some to Frank instead of the bloodstone which de-ages him a bit. Frank is known to have some extra…abilities…for lack of a better word. “The Darkness” is very much real, it’s the reason he can be what he is, take the damage he does at 65-80 all the way to “The End”…I swear even then, pumped full of radiation and dying, and given a shot of addrenaline, he could have taken on the Dark Knight Returns version of Batman, and the 65 year old Frank that fought Barracuda could definitely take on Bruce, whom had more health problems than Frank did at 80….anyway….I’d like to see THAT version, the “In The Beginning through Valley Forge, Valley Forge” story line, that’s AT LEAST 6-7 seasons right there.

    Add in Jigsaw, Bullseye, Elektra, Daredevil (if possible, if Netflix does it), and we have possible recurring characters. Perhaps they could even just keep Frank in the darker side of the MU, the Marvel Knights and a possible candidate for either the Thunderbolts (where I think they could supplement Gray Hulk/Banner instead of Red Hulk/Ross, and use the new Venom, have Frank boning Elektra and introduce Deadpool via that team, don’t tell me that doesn’t sound epic, and it’s a comic going on right now! buy it FFS! NOW!) :P

    Anyway, Barracuda, Pitsy (possibly), the Mongolian, all of these characters could recur at least twice. Barracuda could be a season-long villain for two seasons, one as a backdrop or a competitor against Bullseye or Jigsaw, or working for Jigsaw (though Jigsaw is supposed to be near-Frank’s equal physically, which makes him a near-apex-level fighter like Bullseye, Batman, Nick Fury, the one that has beaten Captain Americ, not the older Samuel L Jackson or Ultimate Fury version he’s based on.).

    Daredevil could fit in with an Elektra love-triangle. They could through in the part where Frank loses a finger to Elektra and then he shoots her in the knee and that slows her down (I slightly modified what happened so it’s not a rela even, therefore not a comic-spoiler ;)…)

    Frank is a fascinating character, the “Slavers” storyline, the Nicky Cavella and “Up is Down, Black is White” (plus “In The Beginning”), mix in a MAX Wolverine or have Hugh Jackman (if live action, man, that’d be a dream) if not, if it’s animated they can put in WHOEVER THEY WANT. Which is why I’m for that. Live action, hell, Thomas Jane would work, he’s a bit short but he’d work. Frank is an old-horse anyway. Give him the infinty formula, have Fury put a leash on him, modify the Infinity Formula so it’s like a “watered down” super soldier formula, Frank could get caught stealing it “My body is a weapon, my weapon must be honed” after he is greatly wounded in fight #1 with Bullseye/Barracuda/Jigsaw/Pitsy/The Menonite/etc.

    Anyway, he winds up working with either dark-agents of SHIELD, or Black Widow, or Elektra (also on a leash, working to get off, in multiple ways). Bullseye goes rogue, Barracuda and Jigsaw form an alliance taking over New York. We start to see the rise of Fisk whom Frank is frequently pumping for information, and considering killing (after seeing a younger-Fisk completely stalemate Barracuda in an arm-wrestling-turned-full-on-wrestling competition). Fisk hints that his time is coming, etc.

    The series could end with Frank taking on Fisk, now-ascended at great cost to his family. Bullseye returned, Daredevil and Elektra coming in to help, and Barracuda returned, with something O’brien and Frank left behind…

    Oh man it’d be epic.

  26. Jonathan Hensleigh, James DeMonaco, Quentin Tarantino, Eric Warren Singer, All of these writers can do a descent job I feel Tarantino and Hensleigh would make a great team, also Hensleigh and DeMonaco.

    A good idea would be Nick Fury having to recruit Frank for covert missions, i.e. why Lieberman and Castle are able to get so many weapons, and not get caught by authorities on a national scale.

    They will have to look for a new Punisher for the TV show, it would be great to see Thomas Jane back, for a bigger budget movie incorporated in the MCU.

  27. please reboot the punisher with thomas jane,one the best marvel movies to date. Love the intensity and the gritty, drama of it compared to the lighter more up beat pase of the newer marvel movies. (which still never disappoint) IM definetly not the only one who feels the same way

  28. Having seen the Daredevil series today, I would be beyond thrilled for Punisher to make an appearance. I was one of the few who genuinely enjoyed the Tom Jane Punisher movie. I felt it captured his true character, (what he was originally intended to be before the later writers ripped his soul out) perfectly. An ultimately decent man punishing the truly indecent of the world to the fullest extent. Warzone, cartoonish, cheap bloodbath that it was, threw that away and Dirty Laundry, which I despised was a disgrace to his character, turning a man always meant to be on the side of good, however dangerously close he comes to crossing it, into the least moral version the makers could think of: one who reads his newspaper while an innocent woman is raped. I hope in his official appearance in the MCU, they make a Punisher who ISN’T completely cold-blooded, yet still is true to the character.