A new fan poster envisions a potential MCU return for Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle in a Disney+ The Punisher series. The actor first took on Marvel Comics’ violent vigilante role on Netflix Daredevil Season 2. Bernthal later portrayed the character over two seasons of his own series.
Makes his first appearance in Daredevil Season 2, Episode 1, “Bang,” in 2016, Bernthal’s Frank Castle debuted in Marvel’s Netflix series as a violent vigilante on a quest for revenge against the criminals of New York after the death of his family. Coming into conflict with Charlie Cox’s Daredevil, the pair would eventually reach an understanding and team up against the ninjas of The Hand towards the end of the season. Bernthal’s Punisher would soon receive his own series, where his past would lead to Castle once again taking up arms. While Marvel and Netflix’s partnership ended in 2019, Daredevil: Born Again was confirmed to be in development for Disney+ as part of Phase 5 of the MCU at San Diego Comic-Con. Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio will reprise their roles as Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk, after several minor appearances in various MCU projects. With Daredevil making his long-awaited MCU return, one fan has envisioned a similar return for Bernthal’s Punisher.
Sharing the artwork on his Instagram account, SPDRMNKYXXIII has envisioned how Bernthal’s Punisher could return to the MCU. In his artwork, SPDRMNKYXXIII titled the hypothetical series “Punisher: War Journal,” using the title of the character’s 1988 comic book series in a decision inspired by the recently announced Daredevil Disney+ series, which is named after Frank Miller’s 1986 story. Bernthal’s portrait collages the antihero’s iconic skull emblem into the artwork to create a foreboding teaser photo Check out SPDRMNKYXXIII’s artwork below.
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Marvel’s Netflix series was added to Disney+ in March 2022, reunited The Punisher and other titles featuring other media from Marvel’s extensive library of television and film projects. Before Disney added them to the streaming service, The Punisher, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron handand The defenders had been removed from Netflix, making them unavailable for streaming for a short period of time. Next to ABCs Agents of SHIELDthe addition of Marvel’s Netflix show was promoted with a short video that emphasized how Disney+ had become “streaming home to Marvel.”
Next to Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cageand Iron hand, The Punisher marked some of Marvel’s first major steps in expanding the MCU to television, and marked it as a well-remembered project among Marvel’s output due to its attempt to capture the character’s darker tone. As such, fans celebrated the series joining Disney+’s Marvel catalog, with Bernthal reacting to the series’ Disney+ release as new audiences could once again see Castle’s story for themselves. As Daredevil is set to be further explored on Disney+, SPDRMNKYXXIII’s artwork allows Punisher fans to imagine the character becoming a key player in the ongoing MCU narrative.
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