The Punisher star Jon Bernthal appears in a new shooting range video, showing his skills with a gun alongside fellow live-action Frank Castle actor Thomas Jane. Jane played Castle in the 2004 movie The Punisher. Years later, Jane would return as the anti-hero in 2012’s The Punisher: Dirty Laundry, a short fan film that Jane also produced. Bernthal debuted as Frank Castle during Daredevil season 2, going on to lead The Punisher Netflix series. Now, Bernthal returns as The Punisher in Daredevil: Born Again, and shooting guns with Jane appears to be part of his training.On Instagram, Taran Tactical Innovations shared a video of the two Punisher actors, Bernthal and Jane, letting loose at a shooting range.
The actors show in the high-energy video why they were cast to play Frank Castle. While it is interesting to see the two live-action Punisher actors together, their reunion has likely nothing to do with a possible Marvel Cinematic Universe team-up. Despite Marvel’s Multiverse Saga, The Punisher is a grounded character, and it is unlikely that two versions of the anti-hero will meet during Daredevil: Born Again.
Will Jon Bernthal’s Punisher Change To Fit The MCU?
Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle with blood splattered across his face in a scene from Netflix’s The Punisher series.
Bernthal joining the Daredevil: Born Again cast is an exciting choice for the MCU, as the character can bring great nuance to Marvel’s cinematic street-level heroes. The MCU can do with a higher number of anti-heroes, and Bernthal’s return as Frank Castle in Daredevil: Born Again might reveal the direction that the Charlie Cox-led series is headed in. At this point, not much is known about Daredevil: Born Again’s story, but the inclusion of Bernthal’s version of The Punisher from Netflix’s Defenders universe speaks to both the tone of the series and what Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige might have planned for the show.
Bernthal was vocal in the past about only wanting to return as The Punisher in a project that was true to the character, keeping his more mature tone, which means Daredevil: Born Again might be closer to the original Netflix series than expected. Feige’s choice to have both Netflix Defenders universe actors Cox and Bernthal back for Daredevil: Born Again might point at the show serving as the MCU debut of other Netflix heroes such as Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.
Over the past few years, Frank Castle has been dealing with a growing problem in real life, with some groups adopting The Punisher’s logo for movements that go against the character’s fundamentals. Due to that, Marvel Comics decided to move away from the anti-hero’s classic skull logo, introducing a new version of the skull. The MCU could make this big change when Bernthal returns as Frank Castle, which would help instantly differentiate the character from The Punisher Netflix series, like how Marvel gave Kingpin powers.