I think it's worth putting it out there that Marvel's short-lived Netflix shows are criminally underrated and oftentimes overlooked. It's also a complete shame that they were never treated as canon to the Marvel Cinematic Universe but that's just something that we've got to accept. However, rumor has it that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige is quite adamant about getting some of the actors (if not all) from the Netflix shows and have them cross over to the MCU.
One of the actors heavily rumored to be making his MCU debut is Charlie Cox who will reportedly appear in a cameo role in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Another Marvel Netflix star the studio seems to be eyeing is Punisher star Jon Bernthal who delivered a stellar performance as Frank Castle. There have been rumblings online that Bernthal is set to headline a Punisher reboot and surprisingly enough, the actor is apparently well aware of the rumors.
Speaking with ComicBookMovie to promote his latest film Small Engine Repair, the actor addressed the possibility of him reprising his Frank Castle role in the MCU. According to Bernthal, he has no idea what the future holds for the character but he didn't deny the potential either. He said: "Ah, I don't know, man. I don't know! You know that...I don't know about all that."
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It's hard to tell if Marvel Studios actually has plans of bringing in characters like Punisher and the Defenders to the fold but given the fact that the MCU is in the midst of a multiversal expansion, the idea doesn't seem too farfetched. And let's be real here, they're bringing the Fantastic Four and the X-Men to the franchise soon so I don't see any reason why characters like Frank Castle should be left out.
You can check out episodes of The Punisher on Netflix.
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