While Marvel’s lucrative cinematic universe has continued to make a killing at the box office, it’s been very quietly building out a Netflix empire. Shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones have quickly vaulted it into “prestige drama” territory, and its vision for the future is on par with that ambition. In the coming years, we’ll be getting standalone series for Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders, along with addition seasons for both Daredevil and Jessica Jones. It’s no small feat to be included in Marvel’s grand scheme of streaming superheroes, and soon, The Punisher will be doing just that.
Jon Bernthal first assumed the role of Frank Castle in Season 2 of Daredevil, and quickly became the highlight of the entire arc. It wasn’t long before rumors started to swirl about a separate series entirely, buoyed by Bernthal’s strong performance throughout. Then we finally got official confirmation that Marvel would be adding The Punisher to its Netflix lineup. Details have been scarce since then, but thanks to a recent interview, we finally have our first bits of concrete info.
1. The (rumored) release date
It’s far from official, but if IMDb’s Punisher page isn’t lying to us, we might see the series debut as early as November of next year (2017). In terms of the greater Marvel schedule, that could sandwich it in between Season 2 of Jessica Jones and the debut of Iron Fist (if our own educated guess is correct, there are no confirmed release dates past Luke Cage this September).
Though Marvel has yet confirm the date, Dearbhla Walsh, who directed an episode of the upcoming Punisher series, seemed to corroborate the rumors. “[I’ve directed] one other time that hasn’t been aired yet, which was an episode for the new Marvel series The Punisher, which I did just before Christmas, but it’s not airing until November,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.