Jon Bernthal Thinks the Punisher Needs to Be Dark for the MCU

Jon Bernthal as the Punisher, backlit by shadow and staring someone down.

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While Disney+ has had no drawback placing out MCU reveals this 12 months, there’s nonetheless a vocal legion of followers who yearn for the stars of the as soon as mighty Netflix sequence to get their due. Primarily, this hope has reserved for Charlie Cox’s Daredevil and Jon Bernthal’s Punisher, and whereas Cox has moderately gracefully talked about MCU Daredevil whereas additionally reminding of us that he’s simply an app away, Bernthal’s made a reasonably extra decisive assertion.

In a current interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bernthal talked about how he nonetheless carries a passionate torch for the position that helped catapult him to his present stardom. “He’s really in my heart, man. He’s really in my bones,” he stated, describing himself as “enormously protective” of Frank. Though he hasn’t performed the character since 2019, he’s nonetheless discovered himself grateful for getting to discover Frank’s darkness in the restricted time he had, and he described Frank as having a “deep meaning and resonance” in him. 


When requested about the risk of returning to Frank’s bloody fight boots in the MCU correct—since that’s a factor anybody can do now—Bernthal was emphatic in that it couldn’t be sanded down to match the common MCU tone. “I think if there’s any let up on that character, you do a disservice to the character, to every iteration of the character…and to all of the unbelievable fans of the character,” he stated. “It needs to be that level of darkness…it’s not about whether you do the character; it’s about whether you can do it right, and I’m only interested in doing it right.”

Even although he’s not saying it straight, it’s evident that Bernthal has some skepticism in how the MCU will sort out the Punisher when he ultimately reveals up. Thus far, the movies and reveals have largely been household pleasant affairs, and even a few of their heavier materials like What If or Eternals typically brushes these situations off or loops them again round to customary blissful endings that additionally arrange sequels. Time will inform if Disney is prepared to let the MCU actually stew in the darkness that made Daredevil, Punisher, and Jessica Jones compelling to watch for a number of seasons, or if their rendition of Frank Castle will simply be a very good man with a gun.

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