Rosario Dawson isn't taking a shift on Netflix's "The Punisher."
The actress has appeared as nurse Claire Temple in all of the streaming service's Marvel series so far, first on "Daredevil" and through this summer's "The Defenders." But she won't be making a cameo on "The Punisher," which stars Jon Bernthal as the lethal Frank Castle.
"At the end of the day, it's really hard to get all of those casts together. For 'The Defenders,' it was difficult to get everybody together. People are busy!" she told Collider. "I really wanted to do a cameo on 'The Punisher,' but it doesn't always work that way."
Claire had substantive roles in "Daredevil" and "Luke Cage," but just minor cameos in "Jessica Jones" and "Iron Fist."
Perhaps this is a way of separating "The Punisher" as a spinoff, rather than a sibling to the other Marvel series. Frank Castle isn't appearing in "The Defenders," and Frank and Claire never met in "Daredevil." The only related character joining Frank (so far) is Deborah Ann Woll's Karen.
"The Defenders" begins streaming August 18, while "The Punisher" is likely to premiere sometime later this year.