Apart from the Daredevil: Born Again series, Jon Bernthal‘s The Punisher may appear in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man 4 as well. While this may be unimaginable for fans of the live-action series originating from Netflix before the Disney acquisition, the comic books have remarkable proof that it is, in fact, possible.
The latest news of Bernthal truly reprising his role as Frank Castle in the supersized Disney Plus series of Charlie Cox’s Daredevil was cause for celebration to some fans. At the same time, it guarantees that the upcoming series won’t be watering down the action sequences fans have become accustomed to. Bernthal has been very vocal about only being interested in portraying the character again, but it comes with a caveat.
Bernthal will only be reprising the role if it is done right. And by “right”, he means it is done as the production had done for the character when it was still on Netflix. His confirmed presence in the roll call of actors for Daredevil signifies that assurance.
The dark, violent, broken and vengeful Punisher officially comes into the MCU fold through the supersized series. Thus, people are now keen on entertaining the thought that the character will also be stepping into the big screen.
Jon Bernthal’s The Punisher May Also Be In Spider-Man 4
If Giant Freakin Robot‘s source is accurate, Jon Bernthal’s The Punisher will be appearing in Spider-Man 4. Of course, this will be with Tom Holland’s friendly neighbourhood spider. Interestingly, the character’s source material, which is from the comic book pages of Marvel Comics, shows that his first appearance was in a Spider-Man issue.
That was in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 back in February 1974, where Frank Castle was introduced as an assassin who opposes Spider-Man Peter Parker. It was Gerry Conway who created the character for Marvel Comics. Inspired by a true-to-life killer of criminals during the time, Conway created the character initially thinking of naming him The Assassin. It was then editor-in-chief Stan Lee who initiated the name The Punisher.
In the comics, Frank Castle was determined to hunt down Spider-Man for the death of Norman Osborn. Somehow, he had intel that it was the Spider-Man who murdered Osborn. As he was depicted in the live-action series, the comic book character was indeed a former US Marine. By the end of the story, after being betrayed by the Jackal, who was his associate, Castle teamed up with Spider-Man, and succeeding issues had him working with even Captain America and Nightcrawler, aside from Frank Miller’s Daredevil.
Jon Bernthal’s The Punisher Could Be Part Of Spider-Man 4
More recent fans of the character only got to know him through the Daredevil series, which spun off into his own seasons. Bernthal took to heart everything that makes the character tick. He was able to capture the grieving father consumed by a thirst for revenge. Because there is no specific person to put his mind to chasing for the death of his family, he ends up coming after any criminal organization.
In the Daredevil series, he came after the gangs in Hell’s Kitchen. His belief system clashing with Murdock’s determination to adhere to the law in seeking justice for the innocents, as relayed through their discussions, were the parts that resonated with the audience the most.
With Daredevil coming into play bringing in Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin, the web of connections between Castle, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Kingpin and even Hawkeye could soon come into play.
But, as this information is still without any confirmation from camp Marvel Studios, we will just have to wait and see. In any case, many of the above-mentioned characters are already in the MCU. As such, the possibility will always be there.
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