Fans of Marvel's The Punisher can probably expect the show's cancellation notice to drop any day now. Netflix has been steadily shutting down its Marvel shows one by one over the past few months, ahead of Disney's debut of its own streaming service, Disney+, and even the most popular properties have been getting the kibosh in the process. Now that The Punisher's second season has premiered in full, Jon Bernthal has made "peace" with the prospect that he'll have to say goodbye to Frank Castle, just as the character came to accept his own identity.
Since it hasn't happened yet, though, showrunner Steve Lightfoot is still busy talking about what might happen if and when the show does get a third season, however unlikely that may be.
In an interview with Heroic Hollywood, The Punisher's creator shared his wish list of characters for Season 3, and it includes none other than Daredevil (Charlie Cox) himself and Kingpin (Vincent D'Onofrio).
"Obviously Daredevil and Punisher have a lot of history and story between them in the comic books. So it would be great to dig into some of that," he explained. "Also villains like the Kingpin, who was featured in quite a lot of the Punisher books as well. So it would be fantastic to get some of those guys back into the show if we can make it work."
Perhaps not coincidentally, Daredevil is the Netflix MCU show to keep an eye on right about now for any long-shot renewals at Disney+, as the cast has been rallying around a fan-based initiative to revive the show on the House of Mouse's new service.
Could Lightfoot be stating a clear case for why both Daredevil and The Punisher — or some combination thereof — should be rescued by Marvel's parent company? It certainly sounds that way. Whether any of these efforts will be successful, however, remains to be seen. For now, we aren't holding our breath that The Punisher Season 3 will happen, with or without these crossover characters in tow.