Will the Punisher Make a Surprise Appearance in The Defenders?

Thursday, 22 September 2016 - 4:34PM
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Thursday, 22 September 2016 - 4:34PM
Will the Punisher Make a Surprise Appearance in The Defenders?
With Daredevil and Jessica Jones scoring excellent reviews and Luke Cage wowing fans with its amazing featurettes, the new Defenders show on Netflix just makes sense: bring together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist under one, kick-ass superhero roof. But a new challenger may be approaching, and his name just might be Frank Castle.

The Punisher made a highly popular appearance on Daredevil this past year, and now he's getting his own show on Netflix. Back in July, Ted Sarandos (the chief content officer for Netflix) hinted that the Punisher might be joining the Defenders:



Taking Sarandos' tease and the filming schedule for Netflix's roster of Marvel shows into account (including Iron Fist and The Defenders), the recent tweet from New York Comic-Con takes on a new meaning:



The Punisher's new show doesn't even have a release date yet, so it's doubtful that that is the Netflix project Jon Bernthal is working on. The only show that's currently in production is Iron Fist, but that show doesn't have much relevance to Frank's character. The Defenders, meanwhile, is set to start production before the end of 2016—which, given that Comic-Con happens in October, means that Bernthal may be secretly working with the show this Fall.

In theory, this kind of crossover between The Punisher and The Defenders ahead of Bernthal's own solo series premiere could mean an amazing new continuity within the Marvel TV universe: like Luke Cage's appearance on Jessica Jones before transitioning to his own, awesome-looking series, characters bring baggage with them from their adventures, and it can make them seem more human when they finally get the spotlight all to themselves.

We'd love to see more Punisher ahead of the solo series, so as Sarandos said: stay tuned!
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