Jon Bernthal and Woll surprised fans at New York Comic Con for the announcement

By Nick Romano
October 08, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Netflix’s Iron Fist panel at New York Comic Con on Saturday night quickly became something much more: as the cast of the latest Defenders series made their exit, Punisher actor Jon Bernthal made a surprise appearance to officially announce the start of production on The Punisher, which kicked off last Monday.

“I believe in Frank and his journey, and I’m fascinated by it,” Bernthal said before revealing Deborah Ann Woll will reprise her Daredevil role of Karen Page for the latest spin-off.

“When professor [Jeph] Loeb [Marvel TV head] told me we were gonna do a series on The Punisher,” Bernthal continued, “first thing i asked him is would I have the pleasure and the honor to work again with one of the most honest, the most kind, and the most talented actress I’ve ever had the privilege to work with.”

Woll then joined her costar on stage, saying Karen’s return was a no-brainer. “What Frank and Karen got to do last year is some of my favorite stuff,” she said.

Bernthal first made his appearance as Frank Castle (a.k.a. The Punisher) in Daredevil season 2, where he squared off with the Man Without Fear before ultimately helping him fend off The Hand. Now his story will further expand in his own standalone series within the Defenders universe.

In addition to Bernthal and Woll, The Punisher will also feature Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Amber Rose Revah, among others.

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