The history of the characters from the Netflix mini-Marvel universe inside the MCU has been a very interesting one to keep an eye on. Marvel Studios never really acknowledged their existence before 2021, and yet now it seems like they might be about to take over the entire city level of the Avengers universe.
Charlie Cox’s Daredevil might be one of the most recurring characters in the entire Multiverse Saga, with its highly-anticipated Daredevil: Born Again reuniting him with Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin and Jon Bernthal’s Punisher. Now, according to a new rumor, it seems like this won’t be Bernthal’s only adventure in the MCU.
Twitter user @MyTimeToShineH, who has been posting scoops of different levels of accuracy over the past few months now, said earlier this week that the Punisher will be getting his own show after Born Again, and though they didn’t confirm as much, we obviously expect Bernthal to be back in the role. If true, this would mirror Netflix’s move of greenlighting a solo series for the vigilante after his debut in Daredevil season 2. Steve Lightfoot created “The Punisher” for Netflix, which ran for two seasons that aired in 2017 and 2019.
Do we need a Punisher series?
Disney Plus’ Daredevil: Born Again will reunite three of the most beloved cast members from the Netflix roster with Cox, D’Onofrio, and Bernthal. But as much as we love these characters and what the actors bring to the table, one must also wonder where we are going with this. The fact that Daredevil’s storyline will be one of the most fleshed out by the end of Born Again out of any character in the MCU’s Multiverse Saga is interesting, to say the least.
At some point, we have to acknowledge that it’s getting ridiculous the number of characters that Kevin Feige and his team has to juggle with, and the fact that they keep handing out solo projects left and right as if they were Oprah seems a bit concerning. And maybe it’s all part of Feige’s big masterplan and it will all make sense in the end. But for now, it seems like Marvel could benefit from refocusing its efforts on making good movies and TV shows instead of many.
If true, this almost sounds like a 2020 headline as opposed to a 2023 one, especially on the heels of Bob Iger saying they will be cutting down on costs, Marvel insisting they will be slowing down their output, and the writers going on strike.
But this could all be for nothing once we start hearing what the pitch for the show actually is, and how it could actually tie together with everything else that is going on. Case in point, we learned in the fall of 2020 that there was gonna be a Nick Fury solo show. (You get a solo series! You get a solo series!) Fast forward to 2023, that show is actually Secret Invasion, which is looking like one of the best series Marvel has done so far (fingers crossed).
When could we actually see a Jon Bernthal Punisher series on Disney Plus?
We are still under the assumption that the rumors are true and that Marvel Studios is indeed planning on a Jon Bernthal-led Punisher series. So when could this actually happen? Well, it’s still years away for sure, but the actual timeline is a bit fuzzy. The WGA strike has put everything upside down, and things could actually get worse from here, as the Directors Guild of America and/or the Screen Actors Guild could also go on strike, which would, effective immediately, halt all productions industry-wide.
Since the writers’ strike is not showing any signs of slowing down, it’s unlikely that any writing would get done on the hypothetical series before the end of the year, which already puts us into 2024 at the earliest for the development of the story and a 2025 shoot at the very earliest, meaning it would not see the light of day before 2026 or even 2027.
What do you think about the possibility of Jon Bernthal coming back as the Punisher for his own solo series? Are you excited about the possibility, or are you a bit hesitant about it? Which upcoming Disney Plus series are you most excited for? Let us know on our social media, and stay tuned for more Marvel news!
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