The Punisher star reckons Marvel has something in future for the show


Netflix’s The Punisher has been cancelled after two seasons, but one of its stars, Royce Johnson, reckons it could come back.

Over the past few days, The Punisher and Jessica Jones have been revealed to be cancelled by Netflix. Fans of the MCU have been expecting this for some time, ever since the cancellation of Daredevil since season 3.

The Punisher star, Royce Johnson, who played Detective Sergeant Brett Mahoney in the Netflix spin-off series, including Daredevil and Jessica Jones, believes the show could possibly return. Jon Bernthal, the actor who portrayed Frank Castle/The Punisher, wrote an emotional post on Instagram. Speaking to Johnson stated:

"“I don’t think that Marvel is the type of company that will sit down and not revamp it. It’s got something in store, so I’m wishing for the best with this.”"

On the show’s cancellation he said:

"“We had a nice phone call, a nice chat, saying, ‘Hopefully we’ll meet again down the line.’ And it would be great if we could meet down the line as those same characters.”"

Rapper, Eminem, a self–confessed Punisher fan was also gutted about the ax of Netflix’s show and he neither his feelings towards the streaming giant’s decision. As many know of Slim Shady, he makes his opinions loud and is quite a force to be reckoned with in the landscape of entertainment. In response to the viral tweet Eminem made, Bernthal responded that he was “honored” that he “watched” and stated that he [Eminem] was the “King.”

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Executive Vice President of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, teased the future of the defunct Marvel/Netflix shows. There are rumors out there The Defenders would revive in some form or fashion on Hulu or Disney Plus, but it will have to be after a two year period. Although, The Punisher is a special case as it is a Daredevil spin-off and not part of the initial agreement.

Despite this, Hulu, a rival of Netflix have the Runaways and will soon be the home of four new animated comedies with the likes of Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K, Howard the Duck, The Tigra and Dazzler show and Hit-Monkey, which will all lead to a crossover titled The Offenders. Disney, also the owners of FOX, has The Gifted and Legion under their staple.

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There has been speculation that in response to Disney and their platform, Disney Plus, possessing ownership shares of 21st Century FOX assets, including Hulu that allegedly Netflix has become hostile towards Marvel. That the axing of the Marvel/Netflix shows has less to do with viewership and more to do with getting rid of competition. It remains to be seen as to how much of a strain it will have put between Marvel and Netflix’s partnership in the future.