by | Mar 9, 2023


Artwork of the Punisher from Marvel Comics.

via Marvel Comics

The returning Daredevil series just got a lot more intense as Jon Bernthal confirms that the actor will be returning as the Punisher in the upcoming MCU series.

Rumors of Bernthal’s return as Frank Castle aka the Punisher first broke on March 7, and the actor has since then taken to Instagram to confirm these rumors. The actor posted an image of himself as the antihero on Instagram, along with a short on the “Real Ones with Jon Bernthal” (Bernthal’s podcast) YouTube Channel titled Frank Castle is back.

Daredevil: Born Again will mark the first appearance of the Punisher ever since the spinoff series was canceled by Netflix in 2019 after its second season. First introduced in Netflix’s Daredevil, the character was introduced at a time when Marvel’s films and shows did not really sit well together.

A lot has changed since then, and all of Netflix’s more mature Marvel shows, including “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist,” and “the Defenders” have made the move from Disney+.

As the streamer expands from generally family-friendly content to more gritty stories, it seems like the perfect time for Bernthal’s return.

Bernthal joins both Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio as the original series’ main characters, with the shooting for the series beginning this month. Born Again is going to be the longest Marvel series of the Disney+ era, running for a whopping 18 episodes – premiering in early 2024.

It was Cox’s cameo in Spider-Man: No Way Home that set things in motion, and the character’s extended appearance in She-Hulk made it clear that the vigilante is set to an emphatic return.

Since then, D’Onofrio has returned as Kingpin in Hawkeye, and both are set to appear in the upcoming series Echo.

Echo will be exploring the relationship between Maya Lopez aka Echo and D’Onofrio’s Kingpin post-Hawkeye, which means that we might even have a cameo from Bernthal thrown in.

While this announcement makes for an epic trio of characters, there are some faces that will not be returning from the Netflix series.

Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page) and Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson) will not be reprising their roles, and it remains unclear whether the characters will be recast.

In an earlier conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Bernthal talked about whether he thought Frank Castle could return to Marvel after the introduction of the Multiverse.

“That character, in particular, has real, real, real deep, deep meaning for me and resonance in me. He’s really in my heart, man. He’s really in my bones. I’m enormously protective of that character,” he said, adding “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.”