Marvel Officially Orders a Punisher Netflix Series

Friday, 29 April 2016 - 9:55AM
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Friday, 29 April 2016 - 9:55AM
Marvel Officially Orders a Punisher Netflix Series
We're 100% taking credit for this oneMarvel has officially ordered a Daredevil spin-off starring Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, aka The Punisher. Hannibal EP Steve Lightfoot will serve as showrunner, as well as writing the first two episodes. 

Punisher series has been rumored since before Daredevil's second season even came out, but once Bernthal's performance was rapturously received by critics and fans alike, it seemed to be an inevitability. In their official statement, Marvel credited fans' support for getting the series greenlit.

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"Jon hooked our global audience with his performance as Frank Castle from the moment he stepped on screen in 'Marvel's Daredevil,' and we are looking forward to seeing more of him in this role under the vision of Steve Lightfoot," said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content.

"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," said Lightfoot. "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."
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There's no word on pretty much anything else—casting, release date, plot, etc. (although this is exciting enough on its own). Our biggest question to start with would probably be the timeline. Considering the ending of Daredevil season 2 (mild spoiler!) we assume it will take place afterwards, since the season essentially served as an origin story for Punisher. There are also rumors that Bernthal's Castle might join the line-up for Defenders, but Punisher generally doesn't play well with others, so I would guess that he'll make an appearance without actually joining the team.

Here's the first official teaser image for the series:

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