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‘The Punisher’ Actor Jon Bernthal On Whether He'd Play Wolverine In The MCU

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‘The Punisher’ Actor Jon Bernthal On Whether He'd Play Wolverine In The MCU

Jon Bernthal, known for his roles in The Walking Dead and The Punisher, had an interesting answer to the question of whether or not he'd be up for playing Wolverine in a future Marvel project.

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Of course, for a lot of us, Hugh Jackman embodied the role for nearly two decades of X-Men movies and it looked like it was time for the actor to take his final bow in Logan. As the physique of a superhero is extremely taxing on the body, it was thought that Jackman didn't want to endure the rigorous training regimen at the age of 52 and that's why he's stepped away from the series.

However, with Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox and the sneaky introduction of mutants into Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the opportunities for fan-favourite characters to crop up is renewed. If Hugh Jackman is out, though, there are a number of actors who could step into his shoes as Wolverine. One of them is Jon Bernthal.

Speaking to Forbes on his storied career, from The Walking Dead to working with Martin Scorcese and to his new film Small Engine Repair, Bernthal tackled the question of whether or not he'd don the adamantium claws of James "Logan" Howlett.

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On his stint as Frank Castle in The Punisher and a possible return, Bernthal expressed his optimism for the Marvel Television shows to be integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "I just don't think the question is about whether they're going to do it, it's going to be about how they do it and whether we can do it in a way the character and the fans deserve," he elaborated. "And again, if the answer is 'Yes', that would be amazing."

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However, if a story featuring Frank Castle isn't on the cards, fans have said that Bernthal would make for a mean Wolverine. It's clear that the actor has other plans, though. "Look, the criteria in which I sort of decide what I'm doing next is: Does the script move me? Who am I working with? Who is the filmmaker and is that somebody I'm dying to work with? I'm going to hold onto that moving forward no matter what that is," explained Bernthal.

"It's super important to a lot of people; people love these characters and I get that and I come to that with absolute respect," said the actor. "What I will tell you again is that Frank Castle is in my bones. Frank Castle is in my bones.

"Beyond anything, I'm a father and I'm a husband and the kernel of Frank is what would happen if someone took them away from me; something that I understand, something that I empathize with. And I have a deep, deep reverence for the military community and I have deep respect for the people that this character means so much to," he concluded. "Beyond that, whatever comes my way I'm going to judge it as it comes and I'd be grateful if anything came my way."

Featured Image Credit: Marvel Television, 20th Century Fox

Topics: Disney, TV and Film, Marvel

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