Marvel’s Kevin Feige recently gave hardcore Daredevil and the Punisher fans something to hang their cinematic hopes and dreams on.
The studio’s president of production recently renewed his contract through Phase Three. Since Feige will continue to develop motion pictures for Marvel, he decided to address rumors that the aforementioned characters could return to the big screen in the near future.
While chatting with Bleeding Cool, Kevin Feige teased the return of both Daredevil and the Punisher. However, it’s still unclear how the studio wants to tackle the heroes. It’s also unknown when the proposed reboots will begin production.
“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,” Feige explained.
The folks at 20th Century Fox attempted to retain the rights to Daredevil by putting another movie into production. At the time, A-Team and The Grey director Joe Carnahan was reportedly attached to direct. Since the project never came to fruition, the rights to the character ultimately reverted back to Marvel.
Both heroes haven’t enjoyed much success on the big screen thus far. Ben Affleck’s Daredevil was a bit of a disappointment, while the Punisher movies never seemed to capture the character’s raw intensity. If there’s one guy who’s ripe for a reboot, then it’s definitely the Punisher. However, the short film Dirty Laundry was quite good.
In addition to discussing Daredevil and the Punisher, Kevin Feige told The Huffington Post that James Spader isn’t just the voice of Ultron in writer-director Joss Whedon’s Avengers sequel. The studio also plans to capture Spader’s face and body to bring the villain to life.
Feige told the website:
“He’s a very unique and incredibly exciting and unpredictable actor. And Ultron in the comics is a robot, but what’s cool about him in the comics — and certainly how Joss Whedon is interpreting him for the movie — is that he is much more than just a robot. That he’s infused with much character. And I don’t want to say too much, but you can imagine James Spader will be very dynamic in his portrayal of this character. We did not hire James Spader to do a robot voice.”
Are you glad that Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige is staying with the company through Phase Three? Do you think Daredevil and the Punisher are ready for the reboot treatment?
[Image via 20th Century Fox]