Jon Bernthal’s Punisher Fighting Another New Marvel Character?

What will Marvel do with Jon Bernthal's Punisher? We're hearing he'll be fighting someone new to the Marvel screens.

By Faith McKay | Published

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Marvel got back the rights to characters like Jessica Jones and Punisher from Netflix. Since then, fans have been waiting to see what Marvel will do. Keep the characters on the back burner? Recast them? Give them new series on Disney+ or Hulu? The internet has probably thought of more possibilities at this point than Marvel Studios has. One rumor that insiders keep hearing is that Jon Bernthal will be returning as Punisher in the new Disney+ series, Moon Knight. Now, insider Daniel Richtman has shared new details on this rumor. According to what Richtman hears, Punisher will hunt Moon Knight in an undisclosed project down the line.

Moon Knight doesn’t have a release date yet, but it’s been filming. The Disney+ series will star Oscar Isaac, and we’ve seen him in some brutal training videos. It looks like he is geared up for the kind of fight scenes that would make him a worthy opponent for fighting Jon Bernthal’s Punisher. Having the two meet would be a good way of showing audiences what the two of them can do, and answer that classic comic fan question of who would win in a fight. While the rumor only says that Punisher will “hunt” Moon Knight, it does seem fair to guess that means the two will have it out.

Daniel Richtman didn’t say what project this would happen in. He also didn’t say that he’d heard this was the first time we’ll be seeing Jon Bernthal return as Punisher for Marvel. All he claims to have heard is that Punisher will be hunting Moon Knight at some point down the line, which is exciting news, and a rumor that’s supported by what many other insiders are hearing. Other rumors have suggested various timelines or details on how this will happen, but the common factor in these rumors is that Moon Knight and Punisher will meet at some point.

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In a previous rumor from Geekosity about a month ago, they heard that Jon Bernthal would be returning as Punisher to hunt Moon Knight in the second season of the Disney+ show. While we haven’t seen the first season of the series yet, Geekosity says that Marvel just plans that far ahead.

Having the two meet up eventually is something that Marvel comic fans would like to see. Moon Knight, also known as Marc Spector, is known for having vigilante tendencies and a thirst for vengeance, like Jon Bernthal’s Punisher. The two can also be darker and struggle with their own mental health issues and pain. While sometimes studios like to avoid having characters with strong similarities meet up, because they think it will make them seem too similar, these can also be great opportunities to see two characters bond and learn what makes them unique by seeing the similarities and differences between them. Also, again, the fight scenes should be good.

At this point, we don’t have a release date for season one of Moon Knight, so it may be a while before we see Jon Bernthal and Marc Spector meet up. Still, that so many people are hearing it will happen is something to look forward to.

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