The Punisher is a chaotic force in the Marvel universe and it seems that reputation will follow him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“At the end of the day, it’s really hard to get all of those casts together,” Dawson told Collider. “For The Defenders, it was difficult to get everybody together. People are busy! There are so many times where I really want it to happen. I really wanted to do a cameo on The Punisher, but it doesn’t always work that way.”
Dawson’s Claire Temple has been the connective tissue between each of Marvel’s first four Netflix series. She appeared a nurse willing to help the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen in Daredevil Season 1. She was called upon to save Luke Cage’s life in Jessica Jones. She saw her relationship with Daredevil bottom in Daredevil Season 2. She fell for Luke Cage when she met him again in the first season of Luke Cage, and she learned hand-to-hand combat from Colleen Wing in Iron Fist.
Dawson is confirmed to appear in Marvel’s Defenders, the crossover miniseries that brings the casts of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist together for the first time. If she isn’t appearing in The Punisher, fans have to wonder about Claire’s fate.
Jon Bernthal debuted as Frank Castle, the Punisher, in Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2. He will reprise the role for The Punisher, which is the first Marvel spinoff series on Netflix. The series also stars Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Amber Rose Revah, Deborah Ann Woll, Daniel Webber, Jason R. Moore, Paul Schulze, Jaime Ray Newman, and Michael Nathanson. Steve Lightfoot serves as the showrunner.
Filming on The Punisher began in October 2016 and ended in April 2017. The Punisher will release in late 2017, following the release of The Defenders, on Netflix.
The Punisher is based on the Marvel Comics character created by Gerry Conway, John Romita Sr., and Ross Andru, who debuted in Amazing Spider-Man #129 in 1974. Originally intended as a cautionary Spider-Man villain, the Punisher's relentless, hardline vigilante tactics resonated with certain fans and turned him into a cult favorite. He has since starred in several ongoing series from Marvel Comics and three previous live-action movies: one starring Dolph Lundgren in 1989, another starring Thomas Jane in 2004, and Punisher: War Zone starring Ray Stevenson in 2004