Though many were upset by news of The Punisher's cancellation, Grammy Award-winning rapper Marshall Mathers was particularly vocal about his displeasure. Yesterday, the rapper -- known to most as Eminem -- posted on Twitter that Netflix was "blowing it" by axing the series.
Punisher actor Jon Bernthal responded to the rap star, saying he was honored that he watched the show, and called Eminem "the King."
Dear Em. Honored you watch brother. 💀. You are the King. https://t.co/vcZcEoUF57— Jon Bernthal (@jonnybernthal) February 22, 2019
A longtime fan of the Marvel Comics character, Eminem starred in 2009 digital comic Eminem/The Punisher by Fred Van Lente and Salvador Larroca. The comic saw the two figures come to blows before realizing they had a common enemy in the popular Punisher villain Barracuda.
Punisher wasn't the only Marvel series cancelled at Netflix. Daredevil stars Vincent D'Onfrio and Charlie Cox have also expressed their disappointment at the axing of Daredevil. Kristen Ritter also shared her hopes that fans would appreciate the end they created for Jessica Jones, which was cancelled in the same announcement as Punisher.
Moments before Punisher's cancellation was officially announced, Bernthal took to Instagram to say it was an "honor to walk in [Punisher's] boots." He added that he is "endlessly grateful to the comic fans and the men and women of the Armed Services and law enforcement community who Frank means so much to." He also thanked the USMC and the soldiers who trained him for his role in Punisher.
The Punisher Season 2 stars Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle, Josh Stewart as John Pilgrim, Floriana Lima as Krista Dumont and Giorgia Whigham as Amy Bendix. Both seasons of the show, along with all its sister series, are now streaming on Netflix.