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Published On: Sat, May 28th, 2016

Marvel, Netflix orders ‘Punisher’ TV series

Marvel’s anti-hero, The Punisher, will now get his own series on Netflix after a successful and popular introduction during season two of Daredevil. The news confirms that Jon Bernthal will be back to reprise the role of Frank Castle, Punisher.

Following the successful launches of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, production is underway on Luke Cage for a September 20 premiere, with Iron Fist and The Defenders, a crossover miniseries featuring all main characters, also in the works.

 

Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle daredevil season 2 photoFirst appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man #129, The Punisher is the alter ego of military veteran Frank Castle, who wages a one-man war against crime after his wife and children are killed during a shootout by rival mob outfits.

The character’s belief in killing criminals rather than apprehending them frequently puts him at odds with Marvel’s traditional heroes, a theme that is at the center of Daredevil Season 2.

Ghost Rider, Blade and Moon Knight may also get their own series, but nothing official has been announced.

Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos has stated on multiple occasions that the streaming service will premiere no more than two Marvel projects per year and some shows will get more seasons than others. “I think ideally about every six months you’ll get a new season or a new series from the Defender group,”

Sarandos said at the 2015 Television Critics Association summer press tour. “And then they will cross over to a combined season once we’ve launched the first season of each of the four characters.”

the Punisher teaser movie poster

 

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