Jon Bernthal officially wants to return as 'The Punisher' in the MCU
Jon Bernthal, star of Netflix comic book series “The Punisher”, has revealed that he is eager to make a return as part of the wider MCU. The actor recently revealed in an interview at Fandemic Tour Houston that, despite uncertainty over the future of the character, he remains just as committed as ever to bringing his story to the screen.
Discussing what might happen to the series in the future, Bernthal explained:
"I mean, you know I can't talk about that. And like, by the way, honestly, y'all will know before me. They don't tell me s***.”
"It's all about Frank. He needs to be portrayed in a very certain way, in my opinion, and he means so much to so many people in the comic book community, and the law enforcement community, and the military community.
"In my opinion, you don't just do a Punisher, you don't just do a Frank Castle thing, you know? You gotta do it right, and you gotta respect what he stands for, what he's all about. To me, if that works out, then I'll jump in with everything I have. And if not, I'm not gonna."
"I love Frank, too. I really don't have any desire to move off of him."
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Despite Bernthal’s obvious affection for the part and the series, The Punisher’s future remains unclear. As Netflix explained in a statement in February:
"Marvel's The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix. Showrunner Steve Lightfoot, the terrific crew, and exceptional cast including star Jon Bernthal, delivered an acclaimed and compelling series for fans, and we are proud to showcase their work on Netflix for years to come."
This news was met with disappointment by Bernthal at the time, who wrote on Twitter:
"It has been an honour to walk in his boots. I'm endlessly grateful to the comic fans and the men and women of the Armed Services and law enforcement community who Frank means so much to.
"Thank you to the USMC and all the wonderful soldiers who trained me. Go hard. Be safe."
Whether or not Bernthal’s continued passion has any bearing on what’s to come remains to be seen. Fans will certainly be keeping their fingers crossed.