Rosario Dawson’s fan-favorite Claire Temple will be skipping out on “The Punisher.”
Having appeared on each of Marvel’s Netflix dramas to date, from “Daredevil” to “Iron Fist,” Dawson’s character has served as a connective tissue of sorts leading up to the highly anticipated miniseries “The Defenders.” As fun as it may be for fans to see Temple pop up in each series, the actress admits she was initially hesitant to take the role, fearing the character would be nothing more than a nurse in a world of superheroes.
“I remember when I first took on this character,” Dawson told Collider, “I was like, ‘I don’t know, I really wanted to have a radioactive-spider situation. I’m just a nurse? Really?! OK.”’
However, any concerns Dawson had faded away once fans had the chance to meet Temple in the first season of “Daredevil.” As Dawson puts it, “Everybody loves their Daredevil and Luke Cage, but it’s really fun seeing people go, “Claire Temple is my favorite character ‘cause she’s a real person and she’s got real skills, and if it wasn’t for her, they’d all have been dead, a long time ago.”’
Of course, it’s difficult not to wonder why Temple doesn’t simply contact Daredevil or the other heroes, particularly when she has to deal with The Hand on “Iron Fist.” However, as the actress explained, trying to coordinate the schedules to allow for more crossovers can be difficult, especially when there are shows filming simultaneously — such as with “The Defenders” and “The Punisher.” This is also, unfortunately, why fans won’t see Temple on “The Punisher” when it premieres later this year. “I really wanted to do a cameo on ‘The Punisher,'” she said, “but it doesn’t always work that way.”
Fans can next catch Dawson’s Temple in “The Defenders,” which premieres Aug. 18 on Netflix. Although a release date hasn’t been announced, “The Punisher” is expected to arrive on the streaming service later this year.
Star Jon Bernthal is joined on “The Punisher” by Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Amber Rose Revah, Deborah Ann Woll, Daniel Webber, Jason R. Moore, Paul Schulze, Jaime Ray Newman and Michael Nathanson.