In a move that has shocked no-one, The Punisher has been granted his own series on streaming service Netflix. Since the announcement that Punisher would be played by Jon Bernthal of The Walking Dead and Wolf Of Wall Street in the second series of Marvel’s Daredevil, fans have been crying out for the character to have his own instalment. A popular character, played by a popular actor – it was always going to be a popular decision.
In the second series of the hit Netflix show, Frank Castle took justice into his own hands when Matt Murdock wouldn’t take the extreme lengths that Castle would. While the Netflix adaptations of the Marvel stories typically had a darker and more gruesome tinge to them, nothing echoes that quite as much as the aftermath of the Irish gangster shootout.
However, during his appearances in the second series of Daredevil, Castle had the man without fear as the dissenting voice during his violent bloodbaths. Every time The Punisher would take his own course of justice, Daredevil would try to convince him that he goes too far; now that Punisher has his own series, who will play that role? Daredevil itself has had some gory moments before The Punisher even entered the fray, but with Castle bringing his own brand of vigilante justice, his series could potentially be the bloodiest yet.
One of the bigger questions surrounding the Punisher series on Netflix is the release date. With Luke Cage ready to show what he has to offer to the cast of The Defenders in September 2016, and Iron Fist slated for an early 2017 launch, will Punisher make the cut before the group unites in New York City?
It’s unlikely, as the late 2017 release date for The Defenders would mean that Marvel would be squeezing in three series in the space of one year, something that hasn’t happened so far, and the trend would be likely to continue. Interestingly, this will be the group’s first time under the Defenders banner, as when the group was going through its first incarnation, the main members were Doctor Strange, Namor and Hulk. Both Doctor Strange and Hulk are featuring prominently in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while Namor has been somewhat absent, not appearing in any Marvel films, due to multiple contract issues. While Daredevil and Luke Cage both became recurring members of The Defenders, Iron Fist only served as one of The Defenders for a single day, but returned to join the Secret Defenders, while Jessica Jones was never a full fledged member of the group.
However, just because the Punisher series likely won’t be out before The Defenders, do not lose hope that the gun-toting vigilante will not show his face in the series. Being as popular as he is, it would be a criminal mistake for the showrunners to overlook this one, and his inclusion in the show could potentially lead up to a new rivalry for him in his standalone adventure.