Marvel’s handling of their cinematic universe has set a standard for the film industry. Shared cinematic universes have become the goal for every conceivable franchise, from Ghostbusters to Transformers, Star Wars, even Robin Hood.
Marvel’s cinematic universe has carried over into television, first with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter on ABC, and most recently with the well-received Daredevil on Netflix. Using television as a medium for lesser known characters is a strategy that has so far been successful.
Joining the cast in the second season of Daredevil will be Jon Bernthal. Perhaps best known as Shane in The Walking Dead, he was recently seen in the Brad Pitt war film Fury.
Bernthal spoke with ABC News about playing Frank Castle, a.k.a. the Punisher:
“Oh man, it’s just a huge honor to play the part and that’s all I can say about that,” Bernthal told ABC News. “I’m very thrilled and we haven’t started yet, but I’m very much looking forward to it.”
Fan reaction has been as enthusiastic. Bernthal brings an intensity and obsession to his characters which fits the violent vigilante perfectly.