With the release of an evocative poster, Marvel and Netflix have confirmed what until now had been mostly rumour, that “The Defenders” isn’t the only Marvel/Netflix show to look forward to later in 2017. The poster confirms that The Punisher will drop on Netflix later this year, after this summer’s super-team spectacular “The Defenders” sees its 8 episodes released on the streaming service.
A series starring the Punisher was a no-brainer following Jon Bernthal’s acclaimed and popular turn as Frank Castle in the second season of “Daredevil,” and Marvel and Netflix were quick to lock the actor in to a spin-off series. Even before Bernthal made his debut in the role, Marvel was actively looking to develop a series starring the character. Eventually, following the warm reception, Marvel and Netflix brought writer/producer Steve Lightfoot (“Hannibal,” “Camelot”) on board as show runner and started building a cast. Joining Bernthal in the series is Deborah Ann Woll, reprising her “Daredevil” role as Karen Page. Additional cast members include Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah and Ebon Moss-Bacharach as fan-favorite comic character Microchip.
The poster serves as confirmation that Frank Castle will return to cut a bloody swath through the underworld sooner than later, and for those viewers who love both the character and Bernthal’s rich performance, this is good news indeed.