3. Punisher MAX
Will Marvel Studios ever make an R-Rated movie? Their current formula works so well that it’s hard to imagine it ever happening, but if they do decide to extend their Cinematic Universe to a slightly different audience, then borrowing material from the various Punisher MAX story arcs is a smart way to go. They deal with very adult themes and are often extremely nasty and violent.
The MAX line is intended for adult readers only, so a movie based on it would have to be along the lines of something like The Departed or True Detective in terms of tone. One particular storyline from Garth Ennis’ incredible run on the title which comes to mind is “Slavers”, a story which dealt featured The Punisher rescuing a young girl from some would-be rapists.
It’s then that he hears her disturbing and shocking life story about being forced to become part of a prostitution ring, and Frank is so enraged by this that he sets out to put an end that group once and for all. The Punisher’s role as judge, jury and executioner is sometimes hard to accept, but this story made it easy to support him as he set out to kill each and every one of those sociopaths!