The Punisher was not originally planned as a series for Netflix, but plans change. Jon Bernthal did such a fantastic job as the vigilante during season two of Daredevil, the fan response was overwhelmingly positive. Frank “The Punisher” Castle – and Bernthal – stole the show. The Hand and Elektra were nice additions to the second season, but The Punisher was the supporting character who drew the most attention.
Will The Punisher debut as soon as 2017?
Things are a bit complicated for the executives at Netflix. The company has made it very adamant that there will only be two Marvel series per year. Netflix did not want to water down its programming nor was there a desire to sacrifice quality. Currently, The Defenders and Luke Cage are planned for 2016 and Daredevil season three and Jessica Jones season two are slated for 2017. Adding The Punisher to 2017’s schedule would mean three programs in a single year. Maybe Netflix is rethinking things. The 2017 debut of The Punisher season one has not been confirmed, but a delay until 2018 or 2019 would be a bit much.
Most interestingly, Bernthal said “The Punisher” never appeared in Daredevil season two. Audiences only saw Frank Castle. At the end of the series, Frank Castle makes his first step towards becoming The Punisher. A full season dedicated to the character would show how Castle develops into The Punisher persona. Daredevil season one followed a similar, and critically acclaimed, melodramatic approach.
Another question being raised is whether or not The Punisher and other Netflix characters are going to appear in Avengers: Infinity War. Audiences have some time to wait for the answer.