Did Captain America: The Winter Soldier Feature A Punisher Cameo?

Did The Punisher, Marvel’s skull-shirted vigilante anti-hero, appear in the ‘Captain America’ sequel earlier this year?

One half of sibling director pair Anthony and Joe Russo certainly hinted so (in a joking fashion) during an interview with ComingSoon.net, speaking about a integral character many fans may not have even noticed. 

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’.

During the film a yellow truck makes two appearances: first slamming into HYDRA agents chasing down Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury and then later in the film to run over Maximiliano Hernández’s Hydra double agent Jasper Sitwell as he’s thrown from a car during the highway chase sequence.

"The man who drives that truck," jokes Joe Russo, explaining he could be the subject a Marvel One Shot short film, "is very highly trained. He thinks on his own terms. He’s got a plan and a very specific skill set."

Sounds a bit like The Punisher to us, but let’s not get carried away, he was joking after all. 

The Punisher is however a film property believed to be back with Marvel after the existing deal expired. He’d fit pretty well with the more brutal, quasi-realistic tone of ‘The Winter Soldier’ too, but maybe the series already has more than enough characters. 

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Chris Evans will return for a third outing as Cap along with the Russos. Who returns with him is not yet known, though it is believed that Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon both will. 

Jeremy Renner, who plays Hawkeye, also believes he may be in line for a part in the sequel. 

'Captain America 3' is set for release on 6 May 2016. 

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