Fans of the Punisher, the Marvel Comics vigilante that's failed to make the transition from comic book panel to the big screen (three standalone attempts, with one semi-success, 2004's The Punisher starring Thomas Jane as the title character, and two abject failures, 1989's The Punisherstarring Dolph Lundgren and 2008's Punisher: War Zonestarring Ray Stevenson) can take comfort in the news slipped into the Marvel Entertainment panel Saturday night in Hall H: Marvel has regained the film rights for the Punisher from Lionsgate. Kevin Feige, the president of production for Marvel Entertainment, had this to say: "Frank Castle is under the roof of Marvel Studios... and we hope to bring him into the fray shortly."

Obviously, that's not much in the way of news, but it leaves open the possibility that the Punisher will be make an appearance in an upcoming shared universe film, or less likely, given the commercial and critical failure of Punisher: War Zone two years ago. That commercial failure explains why Lionsgate let the film rights revert back to Marvel Entertainment. As a street-level character without superppowers obsessed with retribution and a DeathWish-style moral code that allows him to maim, torture, and kill criminals as he thinks necessary, the Punisher would make an odd fit in a shared universe that includes Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and the Hulk (among others), but there's always the possibility that the Punisher will appear as supporting character, if not in TheAvengers, but in another shared universe project.