Will Jon Bernthal’s Punisher Join Marvel’s The Defenders?

By Diane Samson | 3 months ago
Will Jon Bernthal’s Punisher Join Marvel’s The Defenders?
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Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) will assemble later this year in Marvel’s The Defenders. Netflix’s street-level heroes are teaming up to protect New York City from its biggest threat since Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and the Chitauri in 2012, but it looks like they will not be getting a reinforcement.

A few weeks before the new series premieres, Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb talked about whether Jon Bernthal’s the Punisher will be the fifth member of the superhero group. Here is what he had to say.

Punisher’s Future

There are only a few more weeks left before all eight episodes of Marvel’s The Defenders drop online. It will see the cast of all four Netflix series cross paths for the first time as the threat of the mysterious villain, Alexandra, spread from Hell’s Kitchen to Harlem.

Elodie Yung’s Elektra, who was first introduced in Season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil, has also been confirmed in the upcoming series and has already appeared in the trailers released by the streaming service. But where the heck is the Punisher?

Bernthal’s Frank Castle was also introduced as an adversary in Marvel’s Daredevil. While he is not a true Marvel-Netflix hero with his own series later this year, it looks like he will not be available to help the Defenders next month.

According to Loeb, the Punisher joining the Defenders is not something that Marvel TV has talked about just yet. In an interview with Cinema Blend, he explained that while a team up between the superhero group and Frank Castle is possible, it will not happen anytime soon.

“We haven’t gotten to that place, I don’t know if there will be a Defenders #2,” pointed out. “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. I think 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 it in, it feels a little off.”

Fans of the Punisher are well-aware that the vigilante is not exactly a team player. After all, he was called the One-Man Army and for a reason. His appearance in Marvel’s Daredevil already showed that his methods are significantly different from his fellow Marvel heroes.

Loeb added that it would be uncharacteristic to see the Punisher joke about Danny Rand’s glowing fist or sit and have a drink with Jessica Jones.

“I’m not saying that it couldn’t happen and I’m not saying that it wouldn’t happen,” he further explained. “I’m just saying it doesn’t immediately lend itself toward, ‘Sure, I can see The Punisher and Luke Cage hanging out!” I think you sort of go, ‘That feels like peanut butter and asparagus.

Anyway, Bernthal will return to Netflix later this year. The first season of his solo superhero series this November and it will explore the life of Frank Castle before and after his appearance in Marvel’s Daredevil.

Marvel’s The Defenders Details

To recall, Season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil ended with Elektra in the same sarcophagus that brought Nobu to life. In Marvel’s The Defenders, Matt Murdock will once again face his child hood sweetheart.

At the San Diego Comic Con, Yung revealed that the upcoming series would see a different Elektra. While, before her death, she was convinced to try to be good, the actor revealed that her resurrection also erased her memories. Alexandra fashioned Elektra into a weapon.

“I guess the question for my character is how much of the Elektra that we know remains,” Yung teased.

Fans will find out when Marvel’s The Defenders is released on Aug. 18 on Netflix.

Also Read: Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 2 Might Be Getting A Classic Daredevil Villain

Photo Source: Facebook/Marvel’s Daredevil

About the author

Diane Samson is a graduate of Literature. In her spare time, she loves to watch movies and television shows. She joined MNG in February 2016.