‘The Punisher’ Spin-Off Series Announced by Marvel and Netflix

By April 29, 2016

Going into the season, the most anticipated aspect of Marvel’s Daredevil season two was always going to be Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle a.k.a. The Punisher, a beloved character who had never quite received the onscreen treatment he deserved. To say that Bernthal’s performance as the character lived up to the hype, would be an understatement as well, with the actor receiving critical acclaim for his new take, which was just as brutal and unrelenting as everyone had hoped it would be.

For months leading up to and now following the season’s premiere as well, there were rumors running around that Marvel and Netflix could be working on/developing a Punisher standalone spin-off series, with Bernthal as the lead, though nothing was ever made official and even Jeph Loeb himself went out of his way to squash the rumors, saying there was no way to know for certain if they’d be doing a series like that or not.

Well, until now that is.

Starting the morning off well, Marvel has officially ordered the new spin-off series, Marvel’s The Punisher, for a first season on Netflix, the studio announced online today. Bernthal will be reprising his role as the character in the series, with Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal) serving as executive producer and showrunner on the series. Lightfoot will also pen the first two episodes of the season as well, who shared his excitement for the series in the announcement:

“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. 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.”

Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, commented on the news as well with the following:

“We want to thank the fans who are clamoring for more of Jon’s stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle from ‘Marvel’s Daredevil. Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring ‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ to Netflix.”

Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content, added:

“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.”

In addition, Marvel and Netflix also revealed the first official teaser trailer for the series online as well:

This now marks the sixth season of Marvel TV ordered by the studio and the streaming platform, following Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. There’s no word on when The Punisher might be released amidst the other series and seasons currently in the works right now, but I think it’s safe to say that it’ll end up being well worth the wait.

Castle was left at the start of a new chapter of his own at the end of Daredevil season two, having donned the iconic white skull for the first time, and finally received vengeance for his family. Now, fans are going to get to see what he does next, and after his spell-binding introduction in the second season, it’ll be interesting to see how the studio might be planning on handling a series of his own, and what other Marvel or comic characters we can possibly expect to see appear throughout. All in all though, not a bad way to start a Friday morning.

Marvel’s The Punisher is now in development.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable