Watch: Impressive Trailer for 'Punisher' Fan Film Marvel Shut Down

October 10, 2013

The Dead Can't Be Distracted

We've seen some impressive Marvel fan films from producer Adi Shankar, including The Punisher: Dirty Laundry starring Thomas Jane, and the stylistic Truth in Journalism which features Eddie Brock before he becomes Venom. Now Shankar has been working on another Marvel-inspired film, focusing on The Punisher again. However, this time, Marvel has taken action to shut down The Dead Can't Be Distracted, the film from director Mike Pecci which takes cues from a specific comic run by Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto. While we might not see the full film anytime soon - the trailer has also been removed. Sorry, folks.

Marvel has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Pecci to "immediately stop unauthorized use, advertising, sale and/or distribution of any production of The Punisher or any other Marvel character-based films." That means the film can't see the light of day unless he wants to feel the wrath of Marvel. Pecci says:

"According to Marvel it would ‘confuse the audience’ into believing that it's an official Marvel production. At first, I was flattered that the quality of our work might even compare to the millions they spend on production and advertising, but then the reality of it all set in. Marvel legal was demanding that I don’t release the film! Since when does Marvel go after fan films?  Wasn’t there a recent and heavily promoted Punisher fan film with Thomas Jane? What could I do about this?

What would you do when staring at a letter from one of the biggest, wealthiest companies in the movie business? They can put me out of business with the snap of their fingers. Do I have a beef with Marvel? Absolutely not. I think they have become so huge and that my film is lost in the belly of the corporate beast. I want the right people at Marvel to see this film, to rescue our film, and to hopefully be inspired by my love for this character. … Write to Marvel. Tell them that you want to see this film. Tell them you want to see our Punisher on the small screen.”

Pecci has even tried to contact Marvel to get their team to watch his film and see that it's of no threat to their business. After all, he doesn't want to make money from the film. He's just a fan who wanted to pay tribute with a great film. Since Marvel hasn't responded, Pecci decided to get in touch with Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto, and they've given him some positive feedback on the film. Now Pecci's only hope is that this buzz surrounding this little project gets Marvel's attention, and maybe fans can get a look at this little short film. On another note, does this mean Marvel is on the verge of reviving The Punisher? Thoughts?

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looks promising. I love the lighting and colors used. gives it that 80s feel and definitely more comicbook-like. That's what I loved about the Ray Stevenson Punisher. the style of it.

Jacob Denton on Oct 10, 2013


That looked good. Almost SIN CITY-like.

DAVIDPD on Oct 10, 2013


Marvel will never let him release this now that they're in the business of shorts. I'm sorry, but I'm siding with Marvel on this one...

Matt_Bacon on Oct 10, 2013


They could just buy it or even commission the film makers to make it again with a bigger budget. The look of this is great and that trailer does a better job of getting fans excited for their film than all of the marketing and promotion any theatrical release Punisher film has done.

LEM on Oct 11, 2013


I don't know how big this story will get, but if it risks painting Marvel as the bad guys then they'd be smart to work with the makers of this short and package it with a comic book or release it online somewhere. The cease-and-desist letter did nothing except publicize a short film that otherwise would have went unnoticed.

germss on Oct 10, 2013


But the wonder woman teaser/short posted a week or two ago brought up quotes like, "WW needs to be made for TV or Film now!" Yet this gets a slap from Marvel. Why they hell can't we do shorts? Just because we now have accessibility to legitimate tools, we can't celebrate and honor these characters but making a fun short film. Why this one? I don't get why they're zeroing on him. This attention will only bring more attention. Have they seen anything else but this teaser? Feels like there's more to this other than radical behavior from Marvel

Nick Sears on Oct 10, 2013



Guest on Oct 10, 2013


Had to watch a nearly 2 minute advertisement before a 30 second clip, couldn't they put it on Vimeo? Quite liked it enough. Suppose Marvel are just protecting their property.

Carpola on Oct 10, 2013


Don't know how to use browser add-ons huh?

LEM on Oct 11, 2013


As long as no money is made, Marvel should do like Paramount has done for "Star Trek" fan productions: no profit is to be made. The more recent fan-series based on TOS cost about $40k/ep, I believe they can make some money, but don't break even - which allows them to continue to make 'em. Why Marvel doesn't do the same, is beyond me.

VAharleywitch on Oct 11, 2013


Why any one would think Marvel would allow some one to use their IP in this fashion is beyond me.

Brian Sleider on Oct 11, 2013

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