There is little doubt that fans are still hoping that Jon Bernthal will continue to play Frank Castle in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, it looks like Dolph Lundgren has other ideas. The Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom star has just pointed out that Doctor Strange actor Scott Adkins should have been cast as The Punisher.
Lundgren certainly believes in Adkins' abilities. After all, the Expendables star had just directed Adkins in his latest project Castle Falls. During an interview with Comicbook.com, Adkins stated that he enjoyed Lundgren's performance as Frank Castle in the 1989 The Punisher movie. This is when the Rocky IV actor replied that he has another actor in mind to play the Marvel anti-hero.
"You'd be a good Punisher, I just realized that," Lundgren said to Adkins. Not surprisingly, the Doctor Strange star agreed.
"You know what Dolph? I agree!" Adkins said with a laugh.
We shouldn't be surprised that Adkins is so enthusiastic about being considered to be the next Frank Castle. After all, he had been vocal about regretting his minor role in Doctor Strange. Adkins admitted that he wished he waited for a bigger MCU role and is undoubtedly hoping for a second shot at another major part in a Marvel project.
The idea of an actor taking another role in the MCU isn't a new one. We already know that Gemma Chan portrayed Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel before being cast as Sersi in Eternals.
For now, it is unclear if Marvel Studios still has plans for a Punisher project. In the meantime, Jon Bernthal is making it clear he will not reprise the role unless he can continue to play Frank Castle the way he did in the Netflix Marvel shows. If Bernthal isn't returning as the character, there's a possibility that Marvel will need to recast the role in the future. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.