One of the best things to come out of Marvel's Netflix programming is The Punisher. Played by Jon Bernthal, the actor's interpretation felt spot on and quickly became a driving force in the second season of Daredevil. The character was rich, dark and the perfect anti-hero. Marvel also provided audiences with another great character at the end of their Phase 2 with Guardians of the Galaxy.
Chris Pratt's Star Lord was an instant hit with fans and helped deliver box office gold for Marvel. With Marvel's Phase 3 kicking off with Captain America: Civil War, fans have been told that we can expect the Marvel Expanded Universe to continue to merge. Characters who are on opposite sides of the solar system are bound to cross paths.
But can it shrink to a point where characters who originated on TV transition over to film?
Chris Pratt Dreams of Punisher Transition
While talking with We Got This Covered, Chris Pratt explained that he would love for Star Lord to meet The Punisher. Both are somewhat rogue Marvel characters, so it could make for a er, dynamic pairing. But don't get your hopes up. Pratt also confirmed that The Punisher will not be showing his mug in Avengers: Infinity War.
“Oh, gosh. I don’t know. I’ll have to leave all that to Marvel, releasing who’s going to fight what. Me personally, I don’t even know the right answer to that. If I say the wrong thing I’ll get in trouble by Marvel or by the fans. It’d be awesome — I would like Peter Quill to meet the Punisher. He’s not in the movies, but if I’m talking Marvel Cinematic Universe, I think it’d be cool for Peter Quill. Punisher was my favorite growing up so that’d be cool for me to meet him.”
While I would also love to see Jon Bernthal upgraded to a theatrical Marvel property, it feels like a tough job to write the character into an Avengers (or Guardians) story. At least, not without getting too distracted by such a formidable icon.
What do you think? With so many characters to choose from already, would Punisher be worth the risk?