‘Punisher’ Showrunner Reveals Show Didn’t Originally Include Karen Page

After appearing in both seasons of Marvel’s Daredevil and The Defenders on Netflix, it is safe to say that the character of Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) has been keeping herself pretty busy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although the former Nelson & Murdock secretary is set to appear in next month’s The Punisher,  the series’s showrunner reveals that her inclusion in the show wasn’t originally in the cards.

In a report from Mashable, The Punisher showrunner Steve Lightfoot divulges that Page’s cross over into the upcoming Marvel series was due to the uncanny chemistry between Woll’s performance as Page with the titular antihero Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal):

“I asked to have her, because she and Frank [Castle] are so great. Frank is a closed-off military guy, and this is a woman he treats like an equal more than anyone else.”

The showrunner also spoke of how The Punisher’s initial length of thirteen episodes will allow him to delve into the hardened military past of Castle and how his previous tenure as a member of the United States Special Forces will play a critical role to the character’s psyche:

“This is an opportunity for me to write something in the action [genre], but also touch on issues around soldiers and veterans. Grief is something we all can identify with, and it’s about this guy coming back from war dealing with grief.”

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After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

The Punisher stars Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Amber Rose Revah, Deborah Ann Woll, Daniel Webber, Jason R. Moore, Paul Schulze, Jaime Ray Newman, Michael Nathanson.

The Punisher will debut on Netflix on November 17, 2017.

Source: Mashable

7 Punisher Stories You Need To Read Before Marvel’s Netflix…

Now that the Punisher trailer has hit the general audience, it’s time for fans to read up on the character before it’s too late. Even though the Punisher has had two movies already, the upcoming Netflix series looks like it will be the definitive adaptation of the character. His morals may be too dark for some people, but at the end of the day, Frank Castle is a hero through-and-through. Whether you want to put him in jail or let him keep working, there’s no denying that he has taken down deadly criminals who put innocent lives in danger.

The Punisher has been a part of the Marvel Universe since 1974 and he has quite a few amazing stories to choose from. Sometimes he’s left alone in his own corner of the Marvel Universe, and sometimes he’s a fully integrated member of the Avengers. No matter where he is or who he is interacting with, the Punisher always means business.

Hit Next to learn more about seven essential Punisher stories you need to read before his 13-part Marvel series arrives on Netflix!