Netflix is giving fans exactly what they’ve been asking for: The Punisher in 2017. But with that, fans may now have to wait a little longer for all of their Marvel television shows on the streaming service to come together, because it looks like The Defenders may now be pushed to 2018.
Marvel made the announcement Thursday, except really with no fanfare. In fact, the primary subject of its announcement was the addition of three actors to the Punisher cast. The premiere date was almost an after-thought, as if Marvel already had released it.
That means Punisher will join Iron Fist as the two Marvel series populating the subscription streaming service. Originally, fans and observers had speculated Netflix would release The Defenders – the show that would bring all its heroes together, similar in a way to The Avengers film franchise – and then do Punisher in 2018.
Because it’s highly unlikely Netflix will release three Marvel series in a single year, it’s probably now a safe bet The Defenders will be pushed back.
The Punisher series will start Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, a character he first portrayed in another Netflix/Marvel series, Daredevil in 2016. He’ll be joined by Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Amber Rose Revah.
Barnes plays Billy Russo, Castle’s best friend who now runs a private military corporation. Barnes made his name in to Chronicles of Narnia films: Prince Caspian in 2008 and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 2010. He currently plays Logan in HBO’s latest series Westworld.
Moss-Bachrach will portray Micro, a former analyst with the National Security Agency who Castle depends on for the secrets he has accumulated in his line of work over the years. Moss-Bachrach is a busy character actor who has appeared in a number of television shows and films over the years, including HBO’s John Adams, Damages and more recently The Last Ship and Girls.
Revah is Dinah Madani, and agent with Homeland Security who apparently is not on Castle’s side. Revah’s credits include House of Saddam, Indian Summers and Emerald City.
Steve Lightfoot will lead Punisher as showrunner, and also will write the first two episodes. Lightfoot’s work as a writer includes Camelot, Hannibal and another Netflix series, Narcos.
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