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“We are in for a TREAT”: Fans Can’t Keep Calm as Jon Bernthal Reportedly Makes MCU Phase 5 Debut in Solo Punisher Series

Jon Bernthal Reportedly Makes MCU Phase 5 Debut in Solo Punisher Series

Jon Bernthal’s Marvel entry was an event that had to be felt, endured, and witnessed with reverence while the audience could do nothing but sit and watch as the blood washed away with the grime and pain and pooled into the cracks forming in the unraveling psyche of a man, a father, and a husband. The Punisher was born out of an era when Marvel did not shy away from unleashing definitive and utter chaos.

It was an era of sheer brilliance when the script doled out the unchecked madness of the judge, jury, and executioner and spun his story into a narrative that made the Punisher more than just an anti-hero. His was a story of Senecan tragedy.

Jon Bernthal - The Punisher
Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle aka The Punisher

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Jon Bernthal’s Gritty Legacy as Marvel’s Punisher

The epic narrative contained within the arc of the Punisher is a story that rivaled the legacy of Daredevil himself — be it in blood or trauma. Whenever the two were pitted against each other, the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen looked like a bratty adolescent that couldn’t wait to dance under the midnight rain, at least when he wasn’t busy being tied up on a rooftop or getting shot point-blank in the head.

Jon Bernthal as the Punisher in Daredevil Season 2
Jon Bernthal as the Punisher in Daredevil Season 2

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The Punisher was made horrifyingly tragic by Jon Bernthal‘s personification of a man in limbo — living concurrently in the past and the present. And even though the memory of his iconic walk through a hospital carrying a shotgun still renders one motionless, the audience willingly rooted for the guy who stepped from moment to moment and memory to memory, reliving the tragedy of a slaughter, unable to escape, and unable to let go.

The solo series that was a much-needed addition to the completion of his personal arc was cut abruptly short by the contractual terms between Marvel and Netflix. Now that the studio has been batting home runs at the Disney stadium, it would only be right that Jon Bernthal too gets a spot on the roster. With Daredevil set to make his grand solo re-entry (despite how much we hate the new-found joie de vivre), the Punisher’s story is far from done and the least Marvel can do is acknowledge the fact and work toward a concept of The Punisher reboot.

The Punisher reported to make a comeback in MCU Phase 5
The Punisher is reportedly making a comeback in MCU Phase 5

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Jon Bernthal Rumored to Step Back Into the MCU as Punisher

Although a rumor at this stage, a lot of rumors circling around in 2022 has been coming true. But Jon Bernthal’s comeback as the Punisher into the mainstream MCU is a story we not only want but desperately need. The crowd, having had a sniff of the rumor mill, has already been going wild with fan-crazed theories about the anti-hero’s return while simultaneously ignoring the fact that none of it seems substantiated by factual claims from Marvel-associated sources.

While nothing has been confirmed from Marvel’s end, the executive decision to green-light a Punisher solo would definitely be praised more than criticized. Currently, Disney is facing a legitimate creative clash against Marvel’s root ideologies entrenched in tragic origin stories and gritty comic arcs. What the audience witnessed during Marvel’s Netflix collab era was the peak era of cinematic television adaptations. One can only hope that Disney can respect that instead of panning the camera away the moment the Punisher pulls out so much as a butter knife.

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Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.