Fans of Marvel's The Punisher can probably expect the show's cancellation notice to drop any day now. Netflix has been steadily shutting down its Marvel shows one by one over the past few months, ahead of Disney's debut of its own streaming service, Disney+, and even the most popular properties have been getting the kibosh in the process. Now that The Punisher's second season has premiered in full, Jon Bernthal has made "peace" with the prospect that he'll have to say goodbye to Frank Castle, just as the character came to accept his own identity.
Since it hasn't happened yet, though, showrunner Steve Lightfoot is still busy talking about what might happen if and when the show does get a third season, however unlikely that may be.
In an interview with Heroic Hollywood, The Punisher's creator shared his wish list of characters for Season 3, and it includes none other than Daredevil (Charlie Cox) himself and Kingpin (Vincent D'Onofrio).
"Obviously Daredevil and Punisher have a lot of history and story between them in the comic books. So it would be great to dig into some of that," he explained. "Also villains like the Kingpin, who was featured in quite a lot of the Punisher books as well. So it would be fantastic to get some of those guys back into the show if we can make it work."
Perhaps not coincidentally, Daredevil is the Netflix MCU show to keep an eye on right about now for any long-shot renewals at Disney+, as the cast has been rallying around a fan-based initiative to revive the show on the House of Mouse's new service.
Could Lightfoot be stating a clear case for why both Daredevil and The Punisher -- or some combination thereof -- should be rescued by Marvel's parent company? It certainly sounds that way. Whether any of these efforts will be successful, however, remains to be seen. For now, we aren't holding our breath that The Punisher Season 3 will happen, with or without these crossover characters in tow.
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Although Anthony Scaramucci isn't as boisterous as you might expect him to be on Celebrity Big Brother, he isn't exactly keeping his lips sealed either.
After just a couple days in the house and a few softball questions from Tom Green, the former White House communications director opened up the government shutdown, saying he didn't think was likely a resolution would come soon, citing "acrimony" between Republicans and Democrats. "They can't get anything done," Scaramucci said of the government shutdown, which President Donald Trump previously said he would own ("I'll take the mantle") before later blaming Democrats in a flip-flop on his previous statement. (Big Brother houseguests typically aren't informed of current events while in the house; although, the Big Brother All Access cast were informed of Donald Trump's presidential win in 2016.)
Tom, who is Canadian and thus deemed the semantics of the government shutdown not his problem, also asked about a potential financial crash. Scaramucci claimed it isn't likely since the economy is in a very good position. The Mooch also talked about how he doesn't think he'll get invited back to the White House because he's "not a politician" and the people surrounding Trump don't want "people from his 'neck of the woods'" around the president.
Apparently, in D.C., it's all about the alliances. Just like this season of Big Brother.
While the houseguests were running around the house making connections galore (which will all no doubt fizzle out with the week), former Blossom star Joey Lawrence boasted about the fact that he hates the mere WORD alliance. He doesn't believe in them, and he won't be in one, said the guy who has clearly never watched the very CBS reality show that he's on right now. (Whoa.)
Because of his vocal objections, Lawrence missed out on the opportunity to be in the season's first alliance. Mean Girls' Jonathan Bennett and Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte are the Celebrity Power Pair and had to battle to either win to become HOH, or lose to become the first person nominated for eviction. With these big moves weighing on them, the two decided to create a super alliance in order to have numbers on their side, no matter which of them end up on the block. They were able to secure guarantees from Tamar Braxton, Kandi Burress, Natalie Eva Marie and Lolo Jones. Then, Jonathan, Ryan, Natalie and Lolo formed a secret, smaller final four alliance within their larger one.
But the union didn't stop there: Unaware of Natalie and Lolo's group, Tamar suggested that the two of them join up with her and Kandi. Of course, they agreed. They're the anti-Joey Lawrence. They love alliances!
And so does the Mooch, apparently. (Maybe he's just upset he doesn't have a DC alliance?) After Ryan won the head-to-head battle versus Jonathan and became the first Head of Household, Scaramucci started his politicking. He formed an alliance with Kato Kaelin and Tom Green. Although, it might not do him much good.
With Jonathan already on the block, meanwhile, Julie Chen told Ryan that he must choose an additional two guests to go up for eviction. He had 30 minutes to decide, and while he briefly considered Dina Lohan (who he repeatedly referred to as "Diana"), he ultimately decided to nominate Scaramucci and Tom.
Can Scaramucci survive the block and stay in the Big Brother house? Or will he wind up out of another high profile role after less than two weeks?
Big Brother: Celebrity Edition airs its next episode on Wednesday night at 8/7c.
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Patient This Is Usfans were finally rewarded Tuesday night when the NBC drama shed some light on Jack's (Milo Ventimiglia) trauma in Vietnam. More importantly, the audience learned why the seemingly unflappable Pearson patriarch lied to his family about the death of his little brother, Nicky (Michael Angarano).
But first, a little recap: It was confirmed in the winter finale that Nicky was not only still alive, but that he was living just a few hours outside of Pittsburgh. The winter finale also revealed that Jack had known his brother was alive as late as 1992, six years before Jack died. Tuesday's episode, "Songbird Road: Part One," explained what happened in Vietnam from Nicky's perspective and what caused the irreparable rift between the two brothers.
Remember the little boy with the infected foot that Jack made Nicky tend to? Shortly after that, Nicky took the little boy out on his boat to go fishing. High as a kite, Nicky decided to use grenades to catch the fish. After he dropped the first one in the water, he went for a second, but the little boy wrestled with him for it and accidentally pulled the pin, activating the grenade. It dropped in the boat, and Nicky tried to get the kid to jump into the water with him, but the kid hesitated. Nicky made it into the water, away from the explosion, but the kid was blown up along with the rest of the boat.
Jack was the first person to reach Nicky, but when he saw that an innocent kid had died at the hands of his reckless brother, he was done. It was too egregious of an error in Jack's moral code for him to forgive. Nicky was sent home from the war for psychiatric reasons, and Jack let him go, determining that Nicky was dead in his mind.
Old man Nicky (Griffin Dunne) told the story to the Big Three, who took a road trip to see him after Kevin (Justin Hartley) showed them the postcard he had found in Jack's belongings. The flashback to Vietnam was intercut with Jack going to see Nicky in 1992 after he received the postcard that Kevin would find later. The purpose of the trip was to tell Nicky to stop sending postcards to the house, to confirm that their relationship was over. He refused to let his brother explain what really happened on the boat -- that it was an accident -- and Jack left him there in the cabin to grow old and die alone.
The Big Three almost made the same mistake when Nicky dismissed them after learning how Jack died. They made it to a convenience store to buy more snacks for the road trip, but instead of heading back to Pittsburgh, they went back to get their estranged uncle. It was just in the nick of time, as they found the forlorn and devastated old man sitting at his kitchen table with an old pistol in front of him. Had they wasted any more time, Nicky would have killed himself over the guilt of never being able to tell Jack he never meant to hurt the kid.
What does this mean for the Pearson family going forward? Well the name of the episode, "Songbird Road: Part One," means that the show is definitely not done with Nicky or his story as it relates to Jack. He'll have to face Rebecca (Mandy Moore) next, who, after skipping the road trip, is now anxious to find out how her allegedly perfect husband could keep such a huge part of himself a secret from her.
The Pearsons as a family will have to figure out how their image of Jack is changed by Nicky's story. For more than two seasons, he's been a larger-than-life figure who has almost haunted them with his passing. Finding out, and subsequently coming to understand, how Jack could turn his back on someone he swore to protect will permanently alter their world view and their idea of who their father was, which has been a central part of their being since the show began.
It's the move that This Is Us has needed to make since Season 1, when Jack became a martyr of sorts. Even when he did things that were not great or gave in to his vices, he always rebounded with a great speech or an out-of-this-world romantic gesture that made the cracks in his demeanor disappear. The revelations about the rift between Nicky and Jack finally makes the latter feel like a flawed human rather than the picture of a perfect father and husband. He was a man with demons and regrets who did not always have the answers -- and that's a very interesting story to get to explore.
This Is Us continues Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC.
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