Reports sprung up before Daredevil season two even premiered that Marvel and Netflix were considering a spin-off for Jon Bernthal’s The Punisher. Today, the companies have confirmed that the brutal character will be getting his own standalone series.
Bernthal will return as Frank Castle/The Punisher, while Hannibal executive producer Steve Lightfoot will act as showrunner. The official announcement of the series brings the total number of Marvel dramas on Netflix to six following Daredevil, Jessica Jones, the forthcoming Luke Cage, the in-production Iron Fist, and the planned The Defenders. It’s unknown at this point exactly where The Punisher will fit into the upcoming schedule.
“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,” read a statement from Jeph Loeb, executive producer and head of Marvel Television. “Now combined with showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring Marvel’s The Punisher to Netflix.”
Lightfoot added, “For me, the complexity and unpredictability of Frank Castle make him an incredibly compelling character and I couldn’t be more excited to dive into his world. After watching Jon’s performance in Marvel’s Daredevil, I could not be more excited to be working with him to further develop and progress the story of this anti-hero in a show of his own.”
Watch Netflix’s announcement teaser for the series below.