Despite being the connective tissue between Netflix’s Marvel TV shows, Rosario Dawson may not be returning to the small screen universe. Dawson has played Claire Temple, also known as The Night Nurse, through most of Netflix’s shows (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, but not The Punisher) but her time in that role may be at an end, according to the actress herself.
Indiewire reported that she mentioned during a panel at the 2018 Tribeca TV Fest that she may be stepping away from the role. She had previously stated at London’s MCM Comic Con:
“I don’t know if I’ll be back after this, to be honest, but it’s been an amazing few years. I’ve been on a lot of different shows.
I mean, I don’t know if maybe they do a third season of Luke Cage potentially, or maybe if they figure out some kind of way for me to be on The Punisher – just so I can feel like I’ve done every show. But it’s been like, my daughter is in high school, so I kinda wanna not be 3000 miles away for work”.
Marvel hasn’t confirmed this either way, bus Dawson knowing that season 2 of Luke Cage was her last may have been what led her to have such a proactive role in filming her final scene in the episode ‘Wig Out’. At the Tribeca panel, Dawson said:
“I felt really grateful, because Cheo Hodari Coker was the showrunner, and it was kind of looking like, at least for that season, who knows if I’ll come back again? This was looking like it was going to be a big final scene for Claire, and it was really as a culmination of three years and being on five different shows”.
She explained that the scene was originally more from Luke’s point of view, and that she pushed for it to be more balanced, and it turned out to be a raw, emotional exploration of the duo’s friendship, and a perfect way for Dawson to sign off if that is indeed the case.