Matt Murdock’s long-time love interest Karen Page made her debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Season 1 of Netflix's Daredevil and will crossover to the first season of The Punisher, set to premiere next month. But did you know the character was not originally part of the upcoming series?
That is until writer and showrunner Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal) decided he wanted her in. So what the showrunner wants, the showrunner gets.
Played by Deborah Ann Woll, Karen Page met and befriended Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle, aka the Punisher, during Daredevil’s second season where she went to bat for him. Lightfoot told Mashable there were no initial plans for Karen to be on The Punisher but he specifically asked for her be written in because of the chemistry between the two actors/characters.
“I asked to have her, because she and Frank [Castle] are so great,” Lightfoot said. “Frank is a closed-off military guy, and this is a woman he treats like an equal more than anyone else.”
Created in 1964 for the first issue of Marvel’s Daredevil comic, Karen Page was primarily a Daredevil player who met and interacted with several Marvel characters over the years (like the Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, Namor and Black Widow) — but she ain't your typical Punisher player — so the fact the characters clicked on the small screen opens up some very exciting storytelling possibilities.
The 13-episode Punisher will flesh out Castle’s history and introduce new characters in Billy Russo (Ben Barnes), David Lieberman (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), aka Micro, and Dinah Madani (Amber Rose Revah).
“This is an opportunity for me to write something in the action [genre], but also touch on issues around soldiers and veterans,” Lightfoot added. “Grief is something we all can identify with, and it's about this guy coming back from war dealing with grief.”
The Punisher arrives on Netflix on Nov. 17.