At the end of Marvel and Netflix’s Daredevil season 1, Matt Murdock took the stance not to solve crime through murder. But for those who want season 2 to be a lot darker, Marvel is bringing The Punisher to Hell’s Kitchen to show Daredevil the lethal side of vigilanteism.
Just a few months ago, showrunner Steven S. DeKnight expressed his desire to create a Punisher spinoff, which would of course have to be a hard-R. But considering that Marvel and Netflix already have lined up AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders after Daredevil, it makes more sense for The Punisher to show up on a Marvel show.
But instead of being one of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s many revolving-door guest stars, Frank Castle will provide the (very fitting) foil for Murdock. He’ll be played by Jon Bernthal, who was surprisingly and chillingly brutal as Rick Grimes’ frenemy Shane on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television, praised the show’s newest star:
Jon Bernthal brings an unmatched intensity to every role he takes on, with a potent blend of power, motivation and vulnerability that will connect with audiences. Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same.
No joke—The Punisher doesn’t do anything halfway.