So, if there’s one thing we love to talk about on slow news days, it’s the idea that Marvel are actually creating one universe on the small and big screens (they aren’t because it’s almost impossible) and one of the characters that we most want to see make the jump is Jon Bernthal’s Punisher.
And now he may be jumping from the Netflix shows to… Agents of SHIELD. Yeah, we wanted to write Avengers too but sadly, we couldn’t.
So, here’s the rumour… first, the Tweet that (as is so often the case) started it all:
— New York Comic Con (@NY_Comic_Con) September 21, 2016
Many were wondering why he was attending at all given that neither The Defenders or the standalone Punisher series were filming yet.
And so, the nerds here locked horns and came up with an idea: Punisher is coming to Agents of SHIELD!:
At a recent screening for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 premiere, Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb introduced some special guests. Comic book writer and artist Felipe Smith, who created the Robbie Reyes version of the Ghost Rider character (who is currently on the ABC series) was there, as was a man who Loeb introduced as “the creator of The Punisher,” Gerry Conway, who wrote Frank Castle’s first appearance in issue #129 of The Amazing Spider-Man back in 1974.
Leob apparently said: “You will understand why I brought all of these people here later in the season, and why it makes sense.”
So is there anything to it? Well, we know that in the US Agents of SHIELD has moved to a 10pm slot so things could get a little darker – hence the arrival of Ghost Rider. But could it get so dark that Punisher appears? Well, he doesn’t need to be as violent as he is the Netflix universe, so maybe.
And, we’ll not lie, the idea of Punisher maybe meeting Ghost Rider on screen?! Hell, yes, count us in!
So, while at this stage we reckon it’s very unlikely that the Netflix characters will ever appear on the big screen with the Avengers et al (despite what the Russos say), we could see Frank Castle or Matt Murdock or any of the others jumping over to SHIELD for an episode or two.
So, what say you? Would this make SHIELD a must watch? Let us know…