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– by Nick Doll

The Defenders is less than two weeks away with a premiere date on Netflix of August 18, and The Punisher will not be far behind with a release date expected this November. Jon Bernthal’s version of the Punisher was introduced in Season 2 of Daredevil, and as a result, one of Daredevil’s closest allies is set to appear in all thirteen episodes of the new series, according to IMDB. That character is none other than Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll). Why is this character, of all the Daredevil characters, one of the main players in The Punisher? It probably has to do with the bond Karen feels with Frank Castle, as established in Daredevil‘s second season.

Screen Rant asked Deborah Ann Woll about her role in both The Defenders and The Punisher, and she went on to explain that Karen and Frank may have more and common than Karen and Matt Murdock:

“I think if anything, it’s easier for Karen to sympathize with Frank than it is with Matt in some ways, because Karen in a lot of ways is more like Frank. You know, she killed the guy who kidnapped her and threatened all the people that she loved and didn’t really think twice about it — and then she covered it up, and didn’t tell anyone about it.”

Murdock does have hangups with killing, but Karen isn’t a murderer on quite the same scale as Castle. So, why is she close enough to him to appear in his solo series, when she is currently dating Daredevil, more-or-less?

“I mean, Karen’s a vigilante more akin to Frank in many ways than to Matt, who has his religiousness and his righteousness that is sort of pulling him in many directions. I think in some ways, Karen can’t be really honest about who she is with Matt in a way that she can be with Frank.

Now, clearly, I think the relationship growth for Karen and Matt will be how can they really open up and show their true self to each other? And in a way, I think she’s already there with Frank.”

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Karen’s kinship to Castle is certainly a twist I would not have expected in the early days of Daredevil; her character has come a long way and grown so much in the two seasons we’ve known her. Besides, as a comic reader, it does come out of the blue, as confirmed by Woll:

“I love, love, love working with Jon [Bernthal]. I think what we found with Frank and Karen is really unique, obviously has never been done in the comics, so it really belongs to us in the Netflix world.”

This has been part of the fun of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; watching relationships and storylines play out differently than in the comics, often with entirely new characters like Phil Coulson, or beefed up roles for minor comic characters like Claire Temple. It’s like a part of the comics multiverse itself — a “what if” sort of deal — presenting new roles for characters that have yet to be explored.

What do you think of Woll’s comments concerning her character’s kinship to the Punisher over Daredevil? Was this clear to you at the end of Daredevil‘s second season? Or is this development exciting news for you? Let us know in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: Screen Rant