While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is mostly noted for its silver screen adventured, there are quite a few TV shows that are set within the shared universe. And the best of these show come out of Netflix, with all four heroes uniting this summer in the Defenders miniseries. But there's another Netflix/Marvel show that is down the pipe, as Jon Bernthal's Frank Castle will be getting his own spinoff with The Punisher. Details about the spinoff are few and far between, but now we have an idea of when the series may hit our TV's and smart devices: November.
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. I directed that in New York and edited in L.A., but this was my first directing experience in lovely Canada.
Well, now we know a possible date for The Punisher to be available on Netflix. And if Dearbhla Walsh is to be believed, it's not too far away.
November actually sounds like a perfect time for The Punisher to be released. Part of what makes Netflix's Marvel shows so popular is that they're released every few months or so. Four shows have been introduced in just two years, as the world building continues to grow. And with The Defenders arriving in August, having another show for fans to cling onto in November later seems like rather brilliant scheduling. Defenders will likely be a major payoff moments for the hardcore fandom, and they'll want to consume more Marvel media ASAP.
Additionally, The Punisher will likely be a much darker series than its predecessors. Frank Castle is a vigilante who will take down his enemies by any means necessary, including murder, kidnapping, and torture. And with this rather ominous setting hitting the MCU's version of New York City, Halloween season sounds like a great choice for a time to premiere the spinoff. I can only imagine how many folks will be dressing up as The Punisher (as well as other Marvel characters) this year.
The Punisher will revolve around the vigilante by the same name, played by Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal. The character was introduced in Season 2 of Daredevil, playing an emotionally damaged antagonist who later reveals his softer side. He would eventually become an uneasy ally for Daredevil, helping him in the final battle of the season against The Hand.