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Marvel couldn’t continue to make good movies…

…so I suppose it had to end sometime. I thought that MAYBE the curse of terrible comic movies had been lifted, but possibly not. The Punisher, a longtime fan favorite, appears to have been….how to say this politely….completely fucked up.

One: the movie is set in Florida. The Punisher (Frank Castle) is wearing a trenchcoat. In Florida. In the comic, he’s in New York. New. York. Trenchcoats = ok in NY. Not so ok in freaking Florida.

Two: why do we need Travolta as a bad guy? I mean…really. Let’s use Travolta where we need him…as the uber-cool dancing badass. Not as the king of some crime syndicate.

Three: one of the bad guys, seen briefly in the trailer, is none other than “Big Sexy” Kevin Nash, a professional wrestler best known for his participation in the classic wrestling group the New World Order (NWO). He’s the very large blonde guy throwing the Punisher around.

At least we have Spiderman 2 still in the works to look forward to. Sam Raimi isn’t likely to screw things up, at least.

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

2 replies on “Marvel couldn’t continue to make good movies…”

I weep. Punisher should be the easiest character to make a movie about. You just need good writing, a good story, good acting.

Oh, wait. I see the problem now.

Sigh. War Journal rocked back in the day. They should have gotten Carl Potts to write this thing. And cast different people. The guy in the trailer is too young, and too goofy.

I can atleast hope it’s better then Rudolph in the first Punisher movie. That seriously almost made me cry. Punisher became a sewer fighting expoliceman in that one.

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