Jon Bernthal and Tom Holland have helped to shape definitive versions of The Punisher and Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With The Punisher now back under the banner of Marvel Studios, fans have been wondering if the two characters would ever cross paths as they have a storied history in the comics. With The Punisher being such a violent character and Spider-Man attempting to appeal to all audiences, most have given up on these characters meeting up and possibly squaring off in a momentous event. However, we have some very good news for those hoping for a superhero showdown between them.
Giant Freakin Robot was given exclusive info from one of our trusted and proven insider sources that says Jon Bernthal and Tom Holland will face off against each other as The Punisher and Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We were not able to confirm what the exact project would be but our informant is confident that Marvel is developing a way to have these two characters do battle against each other. And there is even background between these actors that helps to solidify why they want to have their characters share screen time.
Jon Bernthal and Tom Holland actually helped each other with their Marvel auditions, so there is real personal history between the actors and their connection to these characters. That certainly would help highlight the deep history between The Punisher and Spider-Man. The skull-wearing vigilante was actually introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man #129, so he owes his existence to the wall-crawling superhero. The fact that the two have not been able to meet up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a tease that fans have been hoping to see realized. Now that Marvel Studios was able to regain the rights to The Punisher from Netflix, the door certainly seems open for that classic match-up to finally be seen on the big screen.
But will it even be on the big screen? Jon Bernthal could be getting a new series on Hulu or another adult outlet for the Disney/Marvel projects. Would Tom Holland’s Spider-Man show up in that series for an extended bit of time as an antagonistic force to The Punisher? Or could Jon Bernthal see his version of The Punisher make his return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a new Tom Holland Spider-Man movie? Whichever way that road ends up splitting, one character will have to take precedence over another. Spider-Man is obviously the bigger pop culture presence so having The Punisher be a supporting member in one of his movies would make sense. However, promising that Spider-Man would play a major role in a new Punisher series would undoubtedly grab an even larger number of audience members who may not have tuned into the show otherwise.
No matter what, we can definitely say that Marvel Studios is going to find a way to have Jon Bernthal and Tom Holland meet face-to-face in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. How that will shake out remains to be seen, but you can rest assured that this iconic showdown is finally going to be realized.