The Punisher clearly was a big hit for Netflix. Fans know this because season two has already been announced. Season one only first aired a few short weeks ago. The newest live-action version of the anti-hero debuted in Daredevil season two. Clearly, the vigilante can carry a season all on his own. Jon Bernthal truly deserves a lot of credit for bringing the fourth version of Frank Castle to life.
Three previous films saw only one version, the 2004 feature with Thomas Jane, receive any real acclaim. Bernthal’s version may actually lead fans to see him as the definitive Punisher and Jane as the star of a one-off appearance in a campy cult film.
Ironically, the series was never even supposed to happen. The Punisher played a subordinate role in Daredevil. Likely, The Punisher was planned for cameo and secondary roles in other Netflix programs starring another character.
Bernthal’s performance proved so memorable that a spinoff series was greenlighted. This broke the previous rule that Netflix would only air two Marvel series per year. While the reviews were not entirely strong, The Punisher was far better received than Iron Fist. The Punisher probably ranks with The Defenders in terms of audience reaction. Overall, the reception was positive and fans clamor for more. Admittedly though, the critical reception didn’t reach the levels of Daredevil season one.
The second season of The Punisher may not arrive for quite some time. New seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist are all slated to go into production. The sophomore season of The Punisher would likely need to follow these shows.
Marvel’s most violent vigilante exploded onto the screen in Netflix’s The Punisher this past November in thirteen action packed installments. After picking up preceding the events of DareDevil season two, the Punisher’s first season explored the fallout of Frank Castle’s initial revenge scheme, and the discoveries that old friends may have been involved with the murder of his family, and the attempted murder of Frank himself. In concluding season 1, Frank finds himself at an impasse having made new enemies, completed his initial plan, and trying to find a new light within himself. However, with Netflix’s announcement today that The Punisher season 2 will be in production soon, it seems the onscreen struggle of Frank Castle may not come to an end with the closing credits of season 1.
Season 1 of The Punisher opened with Frank having abandoned The Punisher identity after seemingly having had his revenge throughout DareDevil season 2. However, as any good Punisher fan knows, the battle of crime and punishment is never one that ends easy for Frank Castle. When reports surface that a black budget program Frank was a part of in Afghanistan while serving in the Marine Corps may have been the catalyst behind the murder of his family, Frank teams up with an ex-C.I.A. hacker by the name of Micro to find the men responsible. Unfortunately for Frank, his hunt leads him back to the squadron of men he served beside, and a few he considered bothers in arms.
Fans of the series will quickly note the likely rise of Jigsaw, a popular Punisher villain, who was seemingly in the making in the last episodes of season 1. Jigsaw could become a prominent opponent in season 2, and may even be the cause of Frank re-donning the Punisher skull once again. No word as to the release date of season 2 has been made available yet, but for further information as it is made available, and for watching the first season of The Punisher visit: https://www.netflix.com/title/80117498.
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.