Shortly after Daredevil’s introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there were rumors of Netflix becoming a platform for other characters in the Marvel spectrum. With Punisher’s name popping up repeatedly it was no surprise when Jon Bernthal‘s casting as the Anti-Hero vigilante was announced for the second season of Daredevil. The hype around the character ultimately exploded when fans got a chance to actually witness Bernthal on the role of Castle. After proving to be arguably one of the best portrayals of the character on screen, the demand for a spin off treatment promptly became a possibility under the Netflix banner.
This morning Entertainment Weekly announced that Netflix had ordered a spin-off treatment for The Punisher with Jon Bernthal reprising his role with Steve Lightfoot(Hannibal, Casualty) serving as the showrunner for the series.
Marvel’s The Punisher is the sixth series ordered for the streaming service along with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders, a team-up show that would bring the Heroes for hire together on screen. It is unclear if The Punisher will be a part of the Defenders, but It would be interesting (and incredibly ambitious) to set up for a future Marvel Knights* project.
“For me, the complexity and unpredictability of Frank Castle make him an incredibly compelling character and I couldn’t be more excited to dive into his world,” Executive Producer and Showrunner, Steve Lightfoot tells Marvel.com “After watching Jon’s performance in ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ I could not be more excited to be working with him to further develop and progress the story of this anti-hero in a show of his own.”
There is no information currently on when the Punisher series will be releasing but you can check out a teaser image below. Let us know what you think in the comments or over @NerdworkTweets!