Don’t expect Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle to be a team player, now that he’s part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Between Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and all the TV reveals from Saturday, Marvel had a lot of ground to cover in their time at San Diego Comic-Con. Of all their new series’ headed to various platforms, Marvel didn’t release anything from The Punisher to fans who were not in attendance at the ‘Con. A description of the Punisher footage that was shown, however, confirms that the series will very much offer the type of hyper-violence that Punisher fans are familiar with.
Early in the series’ development process, Marvel and Netflix maintained that The Punisher would set itself as something different from the rest of The Defenders Marvel/Netflix TV shows. The Punisher was born out of “aggressive passion,” claims series star Ben Barnes, and all those involved has worked diligently to ensure the titular character is true to form.
Daredevil may have been a jumping off point for The Punisher series, but fans shouldn’t get used to the idea of Frank Castle teaming up with The Defenders any time soon. In an interview with Collider before a San Diego Comic-Con panel, Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb addressed why The Punisher will continue to be a lone wolf. When asked, specifically if Bernthal’s Punisher would appear in future seasons of The Defenders, Loeb said:
“I don’t know. We haven’t gotten to that place, I don’t know if there will be a Defenders [season] 2. I think one of the things that is unique to The Punisher, and particularly to Jon Bernthal’s performance, is that the character can stand alone. Even in the comic books, Frank Castle’s Punisher is a character that sort of does well by himself. I think that when you start mixing [his character with others], it feels a little off. I’m not saying that it couldn’t happen and I’m not saying that it wouldn’t happen, I’m just saying [The Punisher] doesn’t immediately lend itself toward, ‘yea, I can see The Punisher and Luke Cage hanging out!'”
While the other four Netflix/Marvel TV shows have significant cross-over between characters, even the most prolific of them, Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) will not be making any cameos in The Punisher series. That being said, fans will recognize at least two characters from Daredevil, though it is unclear how large their roles will be.
In keeping with the comic roots, The Punisher is not expected to involve super powers and will instead keep the vengeance-above-all-else theme from the comics. Frank Castle has never been one to work well with others (given his distorted moral compass), so it’s good to see Marvel and Netflix are willing to really set this series apart from the rest.
The Defenders will be streaming on Netflix August 18th, with The Punisher expected in November of this year. Daredevil seasons 1 and 2, Jessica Jones season 1, Luke Cage season 1, and Iron Fist season 1 are now available on Netflix.
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