Rumor: Marvel/Netflix's Punisher Series to Come Out Next Year

Monday, 15 August 2016 - 11:17AM
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Monday, 15 August 2016 - 11:17AM
Rumor: Marvel/Netflix's Punisher Series to Come Out Next Year
Marvel famously puts out two Netflix shows per year, no more and no less, which is both frustrating and exciting. But now, they might be changing that model, since the Punisher solo series might come out in 2017 along with Iron Fist and Defenders.

The rumor comes from a recent post on Reddit (via Heroic Hollywood), which apparently has a screenshot from the Netflix mobile app. It's a placeholder screen for the Punisher series, and contains a plot synopsis as well as the tentative release date of 2017. The synopsis on the screenshot reads:

Opening quote
"After the murder of his family, Frank Castle is both haunted and hunted. In the criminal underworld, he'll become known as The Punisher."
Closing quote

We should take this with a gigantic grain of salt, for a few reasons. First, if you look at the Netflix page and app now, they both have the same synopsis as the screenshot, but no release date. So that could mean that there was a release date and it was taken off, or that it was Photoshopped. Second, even if the screenshot itself is real, it could have just been a tentative date until Netflix announced that Punisher, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil would all come in 2018 at earliest. 

Plus, there's that whole two-shows-per-year policy, although there's a chance that will change. As they start to add more characters, fans will start to get impatient, since they could be waiting for new seasons of already established shows for a couple of years at least. So it's possible that 2017 will be the first year of a three-shows-per-year model—or, alternatively, Marvel might decide to release three shows in 2017 since Defenders is shorter than usual (eight episodes rather than thirteen) and then go back to two shows per year in 2018.

Luke Cage arrives on Netflix on September 30, while Iron Fist and Defenders are confirmed for 2017. Jessica Jones season two, Daredevil season three, and the Punisher series are all confirmed, release dates TBA.
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