Spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law follow.
Despite reports to the contrary, The Punisher is not getting a Marvel TV series on Disney Plus.
Over the weekend (August 5-6), it looked like Jon Bernthal’s Punisher would be emigrating to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) from Netflix’s Marvel TV universe. The individual behind this surprise revelation? Former Netflix Marvel star Rosario Dawson, who told attendees of the Superhero Car Show and Comic-Con that a Punisher Disney Plus series was on the way (per Twitter user HunterCollect (opens in new tab)).
Responding to HunterCollect’s question about when Night Nurse — the character that Dawson played on Netflix’s Marvel TV Show slate — would arrive in the MCU, Dawson said, “I hadn’t heard that. [Night Nurse] announcement, but yesterday I found out that The Punisher was happening. So I feel like it’s my second chance ’cause it was the only one [Netflix] show that I wasn’t.”
Understandably, several media outlets were quick to “officially” confirm that a Punisher show was on its way to Disney Plus. However, in the hours after the panel, Dawson used her personal Twitter account to retract her opening statement, saying that she had been misled about the Punisher rumors before apologizing for raising the hopes of other MCU fans.
I can’t trust…! Receiving information from fans during autograph sessions is doubtful, apparently. It went badly. I get excited. Confirmation is key when they tell you what you want to hear…August 8, 2022
As disappointing as this news is, a Marvel character, who starred in her own TV series on Netflix, has already joined the MCU. Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock/Daredevil, who made his MCU debut in Spider-Man: No Return Home, is set to play a major supporting role in Marvel’s upcoming TV show She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. The deaf superhero will also make a cameo in Echo, coming to Disney Plus in 2023, before starring in his own MCU series in 2024.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law will be one of the final MCU Phase 4 projects to come, with Echo and Daredevil’s own shows making the part of Marvel’s Phase 5 slate.
Analysis: A punishing blow or a simple deviation in direction?
On the surface, this seems like an obvious mistake on Dawson’s part. If she had heard a rumor that Bernthal’s Frank Castle would be joining the MCU, it’s only natural that she would be excited about it and relay the information to other fans. Dawson’s apology, then, is a clear sign that she’s been deceived as much as most other MCU fans – or is it?
For one, there have been several rumors that Bernthal will be added to the growing roster of MCU characters. Credible Marvel Leaks Including MyTimetoShineHello (opens in new tab), big phase 15 (opens in new tab)and We Can Get Some Freebie (opens in new tab) suggested that The Punisher will join Cox’s Daredevil in the MCU.
Of course, this is not official confirmation that Bernthal will reprise his role as Frank Castle. However, this trio has been unreliable with most of their previous scoops, so there may be some accuracy in their claims. And given that Netflix Marvel shows are now available on Disney Plus – further proof, in the eyes of some, that these TV offerings are canon in the MCU – their new home only adds more fuel to the fire The Punisher can light. . in the MCU soon.
Bernthal’s Punisher isn’t the only other Netflix Marvel character who’s also been linked to reprise his fan-favorite roles in the MCU. Jessica Jones by Krysten Ritter (opens in new tab)like Daredevil’s Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page) and Elden Henson (Franklin ‘Foggy’ Nelson), are also rumored to be making the leap (opens in new tab) to the MCU.
So is Dawson’s retraction as simple as her making a mistake, or is she trying to throw fans off after accidentally revealing too much? Personally, we think she made a mistake. After all, Dawson is reprising her role as Ahsoka Tano in the Star Wars character’s own Disney Plus show – a role she originally played in The Mandalorian.
Given that Disney is the parent company of Lucasfilm (the Star Wars production company) and Marvel, Dawson won’t want to bother them by leaking highly confidential information ahead of time. As such, we believe she was led to believe that a Punisher TV series is happening, she told this information to Marvel fans and later realized it wasn’t true. Well, at least in an official capacity anyway.
This, then, is not a simple mistake on Dawson’s part. But based on these rumors, don’t be surprised if a Disney Plus show starring the Punisher is announced at some point.
For more on the other movies and shows joining the MCU soon, check out our Marvel movies guide in order. Alternatively, read who The Mandalorian star Giancarlo Esposito wants to play in the MCU.