After the successful introduction of the character in season two of "Daredevil," Netflix is once again expanding its Marvel offerings by ordering a spinoff series featuring The Punisher.
Marvel and Netflix made the announcement official on Friday morning, following a report from Entertainment Weekly revealing the news. The "Punisher" series will star Jon Bernthal, reprising his "Daredevil" role.
The Punisher is back. Locked and loaded.https://t.co/nGKCa2taEV
— Netflix US (@netflix) April 29, 2016
Rumors of a standalone "Punisher" series swirled earlier this year, though at the time, Marvel and Netflix declined comment on the issue. But it seems that fans really responded to the character, a military veteran out for vengeance.
"We want to thank the fans who are clamoring for more of Jon's stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle from 'Marvel's Daredevil,'" said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, in a statement. "Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot's compelling writing, we're thrilled to bring 'Marvel's The Punisher' to Netflix."
"The Punisher" will be the sixth Marvel series in the ongoing collaboration between the studio and Netflix, following "Daredevil," "Jessica Jones," the upcoming "Luke Cage," and the in-development "Iron Fist" and team-up series "The Defenders." According to EW, it's unknown at this point if The Punisher will also pop up in that latter show, but it's a strong possibility.
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