Jon Bernthal Teases The Punisher’s Future, Praises Tom Holland’s Spider-Man

By March 30, 2016

Jon Bernthal managed to steal the entire second season of Marvel’s Daredevil every time he was onscreen, and considering how impressive almost the entirety of the sophomore outing was, that’s saying something. Bringing a depth and charisma to Frank Castle a.k.a. The Punisher, he managed to give fans the version of the character that they’d been waiting their entire lives to see.

Now, with his character’s fate left open-ended at the end of the second season, and rumors of a possible Punisher spin-off series in the works, the future of Bernthal’s character is just as mysterious as it is hopeful.

During a recent interview with Complex as well, Bernthal spoke on the character’s onscreen future, what it would take for him to reprise the role, and where he’d like to take Frank Castle next:

“For me, it’s not a question of what they want to do with a character, it’s more, how are they going to do it, and who’s going to be the ones to do it. This character is in my bones now, he’s in my blood. If they want to go forward in any way, for me it’s just really going to be about making sure we do it in a way that’s raw and intense. I want to push the envelope. I wanna alienate more of the audience and try to bring them back.”

Frankly, at this point, I think Marvel and Netflix would be missing a prime opportunity to change some of their plans and give fans a Punisher spin-off series. The demand is clearly there for it, and after alternating between a supporting and main character throughout a majority of the season, it might be nice to see the full spotlight given to the character this time. Even if they don’t end up connecting him into The Defenders series at all.

On another note as well, Bernthal also spoke briefly about Tom Holland, who will be making his introduction as the MCU’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, and who’s professional relationship with Bernthal has become widely known over the past few months:

“I worked with Tom intensely in Ireland on the movie that we did; a group of us were all living in a remote part of Western Ireland, eating every meal together, on set all day with each other. And I got to tell you, in all my years in Hollywood, I’m probably more impressed with Tom Holland than anyone else I’ve ever met. For a guy his age, he’s a force of nature. I saw him go through the process of trying to win that role. He fought for it. He just went out and got it. That’s not an easy feat.”

That’s some high praise, and Bernthal isn’t the first MCU player to give it to Holland either, after Chris Hemsworth admitted to recommending the young actor for the job while Marvel was busy casting the beloved character. After making his brief, but oh so brilliant debut in the last Civil War trailer as well, Holland’s got some high expectations to manage in the coming months, but something tells me, after the small piece of footage we saw of him, and his previous work onscreen – he’ll be able to pull it off fairly handily.

Season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil is available on Netflix now, while Captain America: Civil War will hit theatres on May 6th.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • David Johnson

    I’m up for a Punisher Spin-Off, just think if anyone would have been brave enough to do a R-Rated Punisher Movie way back when sort of like this years Deadpool; but with way less humor!