Ray Stevenson Has Met With Marvel About Returning As The Punisher

The former Punisher talks about a possible return to the world of Frank Castle, this time under Marvel. He also speaks about fat-suiting up as Volstagg in Marvel's Thor

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 3/8/2011
Lets not beat around the bush here, Punisher: Warzone was crap. But Ray Stevenson was not. He played the man just fine, he just needed much better material to work with imo. Well, he might just get that chance as The Playlist sat down for a chat with him about his current project Kill The Irishman(Oi!)



From The Playlist..

Regarding discussions with Marvel over the fate of Frank Castle, Stevenson said, “We have talked a bit. We have met about it. I would love to do it. We can definitely bring back Frank to the screen.” He warned that such negotiations may be premature, considering the shifting rights of the character. “I think they’ve just got the property back, it was with Lionsgate.”


Punisher rights back with Marvel. But would you like to see Stevenson play the role again or a completely new take, severing all ties to the previous films? Marvel have not(as yet) indicated that they would be brining Frank castle to the big screen again, but they have said that a tv show may be in the works. Could that be what Stevenson had his meetings about? Anyway, as I'm sure you know Stevenson will be playing another Marvel character as he appear as one of The Warriors Three, Volstagg, in Thor this Summer. Will we see the character on screen post Thor?

“I’ve got a three picture deal. My agent said, people won’t recognize you. And I said, I don’t give a damn! Who else is gonna give me a chance to put a big fatsuit on and ham it up? And I said to Ken Branagh, I was nervous, and he said, you can’t be too loud! So I said fine, I’ll dip my toe into the river of ham. And he said, trust me, I’ve swam in that river many times. You enjoy that!”


Stevenson also talks a little about playing Porthos in Paul Anderson's new take on The Three Musketeers so click on the link below to check it out.

Source: The Playlist
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KALel3412 - 3/8/2011, 8:09 AM
why? he was god awful
LEEE777 - 3/8/2011, 8:11 AM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

TOM JANE is perfect for PUNISHER or an UNKNOWN!

TOM JANE is the PUNISHER!!!



Another movie or HBO series... he's a must!


WH@REZONE = Pure insult!
Exiles - 3/8/2011, 8:22 AM
having talks with some one about some thing and actually reprising a role is completely two different things so stop moaning about it, the dude just realised that marvel got the rights back plus he's got 3 pic deal for thor. So no he's not coming back as punisher.

@LEEE do you know who owns the HBO.
LEEE777 - 3/8/2011, 8:29 AM
Exiles @ Yeah TIME WARNER owns HBO?

(Just like New Line)

HBO's just an example, SHOWTIME, any good channel could pump out a good Punisher TV series!

More so than The Hulk.

With no need for much special effects, PUNISHER is perfect for a TV show.
PaulRom - 3/8/2011, 8:38 AM
Nah. If it's not gonna be a sequel to War Zone, why bother having Stevenson back?
I haven't seen any of the Punisher movies, so I don't have an opinion on any of them.
marvel72 - 3/8/2011, 8:41 AM
i actually liked him as the punisher,thomas jane came across as soft as shit compared to stevenson.

punisher warzone is the best punisher movie so far,better than the last two movies but that wouldn't take much to better them.

granted most of the acting was shit,but the action,violence & origin was spot on.

we are now talking about a punisher movie made by marvel studios this has the potenial to be the best punisher movie ever.

@ leee777

i agree it would work better as a tv show,but i'd be pleased if we get a decent movie.
WolvieCBM - 3/8/2011, 8:42 AM
Huh, this is interesting indeed. This could be the start of smaller budget films for Marvel Studios, especially The Punisher, which has to be rated R.

Awesome find ROR!
FrankGarret - 3/8/2011, 8:45 AM
Tom Jane as The Punisher, that is just the way it's got to be.

Check out my PunisherMAX fancast, HERE.
Bobbydigi81 - 3/8/2011, 8:48 AM
Tom Jane is good but I think Stevenson owned it. Bring him back, definitely!
Swanky - 3/8/2011, 8:49 AM
Man that movie was SOOOO horrible.
Matador - 3/8/2011, 8:49 AM
I thought Ray did a deicent Punisher on the same lines that Tom did. Both are good actors and you can't blame them for story direction.
Even if Tom did look a bit wierd with fake black hair.
Still Tom would have been cooler as Jonah Hex as a reboot though.
NateBest - 3/8/2011, 8:52 AM
I thought they both did well as the Punisher, but Stevenson is like Frank Castle jumped out of the pages from the comics.
AlexdoxA - 3/8/2011, 8:55 AM
If Marvel spent at least a fourth of what they're spending in their upcoming movies in this picture, hire a great director and screenwriters, Ray Stevenson would be a no brainer, he did an awesome job with the $h!tty script that was handed to him. I would like to see del Toro behind this
DetBullock - 3/8/2011, 8:55 AM
Stevenson was one of the few good things of War Zone, sure as hell I would like to see him as The Punisher again.
xXkryptoniteXx - 3/8/2011, 8:57 AM
Thomas Jane as the punisher, his punisher movie was great imo ad deserves a sequal, all they gotta donis make it a bit dark as well as nick fury in the movie :). I really like the punisher movie cause it was grounded, it just needed more better torture scene of him doing it to victims other then that is awesome.

War zone was just crap, the scene with the guy jumping around and breaking mirrors was just horrible, WTF? Thats were I believe it jump the shark and I can't remember the rest. Thomas Jane as the punisher in a sequal of his version. Marvel you know that was a good version it just needed right promotion cause on the DVD sales everyone bought it cause it was good and they missed out in the theaters.
Knightstalker - 3/8/2011, 8:59 AM
If and when a new Punisher sequel is released, I will schedule a month long root canal to occupy my time. Definitely the least painful of the two.
ManofSteel22 - 3/8/2011, 8:59 AM
I absolutly love tom janes punisher movie
Ive nvr even attempted to think about watching the other guys movie
RoadDogXXIV - 3/8/2011, 9:04 AM
I think Marvel got the rights back. I don't know about a sequel to War Zone. Didn't that film get trashed royally?
ShaunHimself - 3/8/2011, 9:05 AM
Ray Stevenson - Best Punisher ever.
BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 3/8/2011, 9:09 AM
All I heard was three picture deal, AWESOME

His Punisher was more hardcore, Thomas Jane's Punisher was more truthful
Ven0m - 3/8/2011, 9:13 AM
[frick] all you haters. Ray Stevenson was the best Punisher we have ever seen. Thomas Jane sucked major ass in the movie. And Warzone was one of the best Punisher movies made period(it had flaws yes). If your a true fan read a [frick]ing Punisher comic and you would see Warzone was more close to source material then any punisher film created so far. Get off your knees and stop sucking TJs dick...
jimoakley666 - 3/8/2011, 9:16 AM
Best news I've heard all day. Stevenson was ACE as the Punisher. Much better than Tom Jane's pussy interpretation. I'd love to see Stevenson n a Punisher TV series. That'd be [frick]ing epic.
TheLight - 3/8/2011, 9:16 AM
Both Ray Stevenson and Thomas Jane carried Frank Castle's rage to the truth. They have their own styles as different actors, but were both true to the Punisher. I wouldn't mind if either of them returned to the role, but I doudt Jane will.
thegamedrex - 3/8/2011, 9:23 AM
Tidus pullo is a better actor in regards to the punisher then the gym teacher on hung. one looks better and more fierce when killing when tom jane looks sensitive like he did in the movie the sweetest thing. stevenson for sequel.
LucasMend - 3/8/2011, 9:23 AM
Wtf he is Volstagg on THOR at the MARVEL universe, he cant play The Punisher on the same universe
God damn is that so hard to bring Tom Jane back? He was so good as The Punisher.
AlexDeLarge87 - 3/8/2011, 9:23 AM
Tom Jane and Ray Stevenson are both perfect for the role!

The scripts and Directing was garbage in the previous movies not the actors! With proper script and director they can be great!:D




Both guys has potential to play the role again!:)
tocap - 3/8/2011, 9:25 AM
Tom Jane look nothing like the punisher. I like the guy but he's no Frank Castle. On the other hand, Stevenson look like they took him roght from the page of punisher max.
haroldthehand - 3/8/2011, 9:26 AM
I thought they both stunk.. Neither was done right.. At least the second one was fun to watch.... And I know it's nitpicky..But how hard would it be to have spellcheck installed for those who write these articles? It makes the site look very unprofessional.
Gmoney84 - 3/8/2011, 9:30 AM
Ray was easily the better Punisher but I did like Jane's film. Ray just embodied the character more. Another attempt at Punisher needs to be a good mix of both movies.
-More practical tactics (Jane)
-More array of weapons (Stevenson)
-Less campy villian
-Dark Punisher, no Miami
-Less over-the-top violence
-Less corny Soap
-No stupid Brooklyn accents for the bad guys.
-No John Travolta
marvel72 - 3/8/2011, 9:30 AM
arnie the next punisher. :D
GUNSMITH - 3/8/2011, 9:31 AM
GET A HUGE MUSCLED OUT UNKNOWN..PUNISHER CRIES RAMBO TACTICS AND BRUTALITY SLASH SWARTZENAGER BULK AND INTIMIDATION. LOOK BACK AT THE OLD RAMBO MOVIES OR PREDATOR, LOOK AT THOSE OLDSCHOOL ACTION MOVIES...WE NEED A NEW ACTION HERO, START FRESH IN A NEW BUT FAMILIAR WAY..
whoa123 - 3/8/2011, 9:34 AM
Uhm, YES PLEASE!!
AngelAragiel - 3/8/2011, 9:41 AM
Stevenson was imo a better Punisher and in general I enjoyed the Punisher: WarZone more than the one with Tom Jane. Sure PWZ is not so good as I was expecting but it's fun, gory, over the top and, at least for me, quite enterteining.
dadarkknight - 3/8/2011, 9:41 AM
To all you people saying the punsiher movies are crap, you are not a true punisher fan because if you were you would know that most punisher stories are cheesy b-movies. I mean come on welcome back frank was cheese at it finest. Frank punching a polar bear lol and you people are tripping about him hanging on a chandler shooting people. I loved punisher war zone...I loved all three films, but war zone was the closet thing to the punisher we are going to get. Im sorry even though I liked Tom Jane as the punisher, he has nothing on Ray. Im sorry but Tom jane is not scary. Ray Stevenson is scary. Dude is like Jason to criminals. Ray was like the terminator just cold lol Come on the dude while holding a little kid blew a man's face off while he was having his Miranda rights read to him thats hardcore frank lol
TheAmarilloBlack - 3/8/2011, 9:44 AM
LMAO and CONCUR!@dadarkknight
m0th3r - 3/8/2011, 9:52 AM
Stevenson was an excellent Punisher..Lions Gate headed project just sucked ass. The guy is mean as hell looking, totally looked the part, can act. Just do a reboot, with a story arc, like the rest of marvel studios movies, and put him back out there. hell..since DD is about to go back to marvel too(i believe),give us a DD/Punisher Flick....That would be awesome...and a good way to bring in DD into the marvel realm, avoid another origin story, and make people give Frank another chance.
CorndogBurglar - 3/8/2011, 9:53 AM
Tom Jane was not a very good Punisher. Stevenson was fine. Jane just wasn't intimidating enough.

Warzone sucked, but Stevenson was great. I'd like to see him return.
AEStark - 3/8/2011, 9:56 AM
Stevenson did a great job. His supporting cast sucked (Newman? Really?), but he was great.
Urban8er - 3/8/2011, 9:58 AM
Thomas Jane!!!!!!!!! FTW
Eion76 - 3/8/2011, 10:05 AM
Lord, I hope and prey he doesn't return as the punisher, I love Jane as the Castle
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