– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The Punisher is shaping up to be one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood. While not a lot has currently been officially stated about the project to date (after all, Marvel and Netflix are still juggling several other street-level superhero series), recently, a snapshot of the series splashpage on Netflix has revealed that Marvel may be dropping the series onto the streaming service in 2017. This is all despite claims from Netflix president Ted Sarandos that we shouldn’t expect Punisher any sooner than 2019. 

Now, you can add one more rumor in favor of the 2017 date. 

According to MCU Exchange, the studio is in the process of casting the character David Lieberman (a.k.a. Microchip, or Micro), tech wizard and armorer for the Punisher and (eventual) bitter enemy. The studio is apparently using the name Dennis Landstrom on the casting list, in an attempt to keep the actual role under wraps, but with the damning initials of DL being used, it wasn’t too hard to decipher.

The outlet then went on to straight-up post a(n alleged) full transcription of the scene they’re using for the audition for Micro. 

Check that out below:

“Frank: You’re nervous

Micro: What, no I’m not, I’m not nervous, why would you even…

Frank: You keep checking your watch, but you’re not really checking the time, it’s a nervous tick. You might be good with computers and all, but you’d be shit with poker.

Micro: You’re early, I’m just a little surprised is all, I didn’t expect to find you here already.

Frank: Why were you here if you didn’t expect me to be here then?

Micro: Me? I’m always early. I make a point of it, I make sure to be where I have to be before I have to be there. (beat) So, you got the message.

Frank: I’m here.

Micro: Yeah well, You aren’t easy to find.

Frank: I’m not supposed to be found at all.

Micro: Desperate times call for desperate measures don’t they?

Frank: You got one minute, then I’m walking out the door and you won’t find me, I guarantee you.

Micro: Okay, okay I understand. Look, first of all, I wouldn’t, I wouldn’t contact you if I didn’t think that you could help.

Frank: Contacting me puts us both in danger. You could have been followed.

Micro: (Laughs) I wasn’t, trust me.

Frank: I don’t trust you, I don’t even know you. I should put a bullet in your head right here and now.

Micro: Okay, look, that would not be in your best interest.

Frank: Why wouldn’t it be?

Micro: Your just lucky that I’m a little smarter, and a little faster than them.

Frank: I’ll take my chances.

Micro: Look we are both in a world of trouble here. We can keep sleeping with one eye open the rest of our lives, or we can make a stand and stop them before they find us.

Frank: I don’t need you for that

Micro: What? We can help each other, we’re in the same boat, and yes you do need me

Frank: I don’t need anybody

Micro: You need answers, though, don’t you? I’m right, aren’t I? You have a lot of unanswered questions.

Frank: I don’t know what you’re talking about

Micro: I know that we’re after the same people, or I should say the same people are after us, which means that we are after the same people.

Frank: How do you know that?

Micro: It’s like you said, I’m good at computers, and the like. Look, friend, I know your story, and I know we can make things right again.

Frank: What do you want?

Micro: I want your help. I had a wife and kids, a family, and those bastards, they just took it away from me, and you know what that’s like, and I want my life back. As far as I can figure this is the only way to go about it, but I can’t do it alone. I know my limits, and I need your help.

Frank: I don’t know you, I don’t trust you. We’re out of time.

Micro: Does the name Nicholas Simon mean anything to you? (beat) He’s in town. I know where he is, and I know how to get to him.

Frank: Where is he?

Micro: Partners?

Frank: Tell me where he is.”

It’s important to keep in mind that this is nothing but an unverified rumor, but one that does seem to skew in favor of us seeing the Punisher return to the small screen sooner rather than later. The introduction of Micro also seems to be a natural progression in Frank Castle’s story, given the disc he found at the end of Daredevil before he blew his house to smithereens.

In addition, in order to give the Punisher series something of a moral center, the introduction of an ally for the vigilante will likely be a must, since we’ll likely not be seeing the slightly less psychotic Daredevil this time around.

What do you think? Do you buy this latest rumor from MCU Exchange? Is it wise to introduce Microchip into the first season of The Punisher? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: MCU Exchange

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.