We've seen actors campaign for Marvel roles, but ultimately never land their choices. A new actor has joined that club, but for a character we don't often have actors asking to play. That role just happens to be Frank Castle aka The Punisher. Heroes alumni Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls, Pathology, Mob City, Wolverine) has taken to Twitter to tease the idea of taking the role of Castle, including a photo of himself looking very different and wearing a Punisher shirt.
#FrankCastle says go fuck yourself Friday. LA, CA. @RussCundiff @nathanedmondson @Marvel. MV pic.twitter.com/bd9z6Xi39M
— Milo Ventimiglia (@MiloVentimiglia) June 20, 2014
We know there currently aren't any film plans to bring The Punisher back to screens (since regaining the film rights from Lionsgate), Disney is seemingly opposed to releasing R-rated Marvel movies. While the rating is unknown we know Marvel has partnered with Netflix to release a bunch of gritty street-level shows. These 13-episode series include Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and The Defenders. All of them will be set in and around New York City's notorious Hell's Kitchen, and are expected to be more crime focused than previous Marvel productions.
The city is also the stomping ground of violent vigilante Frank Castle, so it's not impossible that the character will show-up or at the very least be mentioned in these shows. It's expected that The Kingpin would have to cross paths with The Punisher at some point. We've also been considering a Punisher and Blade series being apart of the next wave of Netflix shows for Marvel.
Milo has a history of working in both television and film, not to mention a Marvel connection voicing Logan for the Wolverine anime series. He's looking the part in recent photos, and if he trains enough could nail the fighting/gunplay the character is best known for. If Castle is indeed apart of the Netflix MCU, should Milo play him?