THE PUNISHER Star Jon Bernthal Has No Interest In Returning As A Watered-Down Version Of Frank Castle

THE PUNISHER Star Jon Bernthal Has No Interest In Returning As A Watered-Down Version Of Frank Castle

Could we see Jon Bernthal reprise the role of Frank Castle in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? It could happen, but the King Richard actor has no interest in returning as a watered-down take on The Punisher.

Though nothing has been made official just yet, it looks like Marvel Studios does indeed plan to reintroduce some of the characters from the now cancelled Netflix Marvel shows while keeping the original actors on to play them in the MCU, and there have been persistent rumors that Jon Bernthal is set to return as Frank Castle, aka The Punisher.

The actor has spoken about the prospect of donning the iconic skull logo again on several occasions in the past, but it doesn't sound like he has much interest in playing a watered-down version of the ultra-violent vigilante - which he almost certainly would be under the Disney-owned Marvel Studios banner.

While chatting to THR about his part in King Richard, Bernthal gave an in-depth response when asked about the possibility of reprising the role of Frank Castle in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"That character, in particular, has real, real, real deep, deep meaning for me and resonance in me," he began. "He’s really in my heart, man. He’s really in my bones. I’m enormously protective of that character. I’ve said before that there’s nothing in this world more important to me than my wife and my kids, and only until you understand that kind of love and what it really means to willingly die for somebody, [do you understand] what it would be like if somebody took them from you. That’s a road and a darkness and a rage that really, really scares me and brings me to places that I’ve worked the last 20 years to get away from. So I was really grateful, respectful and weary of the places where that role took me and the world in which I had to live in."

"That being said, that’s where that character needs to be. It needs to be a level of darkness," he continued. "I think if there’s any let up on that character, you do a disservice to the character, to every iteration of the character, to every comic book that’s come before, and to all of the unbelievable fans of the character. This character means so much to people in the military. So like I said before, 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."

While it's true that a brutal character like Castle would be far from a good fit for the family-friendly MCU, we know that Deadpool 3 will be R-rated, so the studio is clearly planning to expand into uncharted waters at some point in the near future.

Who knows, maybe we will see Bernthal back in the saddle as The Punisher down the line.

DISCLAIMER: Comic Book Movie is protected under the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) and... [MORE]
Related Headlines
THE PUNISHER Star Jon Bernthal Has No Interest In Returning As A Watered-Down Version Of Frank Castle

THE PUNISHER Star Jon Bernthal Has No Interest In Returning As A Watered-Down Version Of Frank Castle

Could we see Jon Bernthal reprise the role of Frank Castle in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? It could happen, but the King Richard actor has no interest in returning as a watered-down take on The Punisher.

NOBODY: Derek Kolstad On Possibly Writing A Marvel Movie; Working With The MCU's Mega-Budgets (Exclusive)

NOBODY: Derek Kolstad On Possibly Writing A Marvel Movie; Working With The MCU's Mega-Budgets (Exclusive)

With the back-to-back successes of Nobody and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, screenwriter Derek Kolstad is on quite the roll, and it's not a stretch to imagine a Marvel movie could be in his future...

THE PUNISHER: Impressive New Fan-Made Poster Takes Aim At A Potential Disney+ Series

THE PUNISHER: Impressive New Fan-Made Poster Takes Aim At A Potential Disney+ Series

We still don't know what the future holds for The Punisher in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but we have heard rumors of a potential Disney+ series. For now, have a look at this impressive fan-made poster.

THE PUNISHER Interview: Joe Fidler Talks The Transition Between Seasons And Hopes For The Character's Return

THE PUNISHER Interview: Joe Fidler Talks The Transition Between Seasons And Hopes For The Character's Return

Jon Bernthal's The Punisher lasted two seasons before the MCU cut ties with Netflix, and we spoke with stuntman Joe Fidler about the transition between seasons and a potential return to the character.

Marvel Studios Has Reportedly Regained The Rights To JESSICA JONES And THE PUNISHER From Netflix

Marvel Studios Has Reportedly Regained The Rights To JESSICA JONES And THE PUNISHER From Netflix

It sounds like Marvel Studios finally has access to every character that appeared on Netflix, as it's now being reported that the rights to The Punisher and Jessica Jones are back in Kevin Feige's hands...