The Punisher: How Armor Wars Can Reintroduce Frank Castle to the MCU

With Daredevil confirmed to return in the MCU, as recently greenlit by Marvel Boss Kevin Feige, it’s only a matter of time before other Marvel heroes from Netflix’s slate of characters appear as well. Charlie Cox’s Daredevil aka Matt Murdock has been rumored pretty long for a No Way Home appearance, with various theories and predictions pointing at the same while Vincent D’Onofrio is rumored to return in Disney+’s Hawkeye. Out of all the characters, Marvel fans are most excited about the return of Frank Castle, also known as The Punisher to most Marvel fans. However, it remains to be seen right now whether Marvel Studios will bring Jon Bernthal back. If you believe us, Marvel should go on debuting Castle in the Iron Man spinoff project Armor Wars. The series can be premiered on Disney+.

The Punisher aired for two seasons on Netflix

Jon Bernthal as The Punisher
Jon Bernthal as The Punisher

After making his debut in the second season of Daredevil, Frank Castle went on to have his own solo outing in The Punisher series. The hero is well known for his distinguished arsenal of firearms to clear the streets of New York. With Cox’s confirmation, many will look forward to Bernathal’s return for street-level projects. While Marvel Studios is expected to turn to comics for inspiration, there are also examples of taking the projects in various directions. If we imagine it, nothing would be better than watching Don Cheadle’s James Rhodes chasing Frank Castle, especially when The Punisher is wearing one of War Machine’s discarded armours.

If we look back at The Punisher #218 which came out in 2017 by artist Guiu Vilanova and writer Matthew Rosenberg who introduced the War Machine/Punisher armor. The Punisher is recruited in a secret mission by Nick Fury Jr, Punisher went on to steal the armor, updating its looks with a white skull logo. If Punisher with guns, alone, is bad then imagine him getting his hands on the same latest technology – well, we imagine an absolute nightmare. The series saw even villains like Baron Zemo barely trying to stay alive. If Avengers wouldn’t have stepped in and convince Punisher to give up the armour, he would still be terrorising the Marvel Comics universe with it.

Here’s the comic cover:

The Punisher #286
The Punisher #286

All of these factors are what made Armor Wars the perfect place for War Machine/Punisher series. In a Disney Investor meet in 2020, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige posed a question asking “what happens if Tony’s tech falls into wrong hands?” This is very similar to the storyline most Marvel fans would recall as Armor Wars, when some threats start hijacking Iron Man’s technology. Frank Castle can also be considered as one of those “wrong hands” that Feige may be referring to, leading to some memorable Bernthal/Cheadle moments.

While every Marvel/Disney+ series has had a guest star: WandaVision had Evan Peters, with many fans beginning to think that he’s back to reprise his role as Quicksilver from the X-Men Universe, while Falcon and the Winter Soldier brought in Dora Milaje’s Ayo from Black Panther and Loki had the introduction of Kang variant, played by Jonathan Majors. Hawkeye is likely to introduce Kingpin to the MCU.

As fans, we would only urge Marvel to do the right thing: to bring Jon Bernthal back as The Punisher.

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