Netflix may already be plotting its next Marvel show. The streaming service is still working on producing Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders (not to mention, second seasons of both Daredevil and Jessica Jones), but that apparently isn’t stopping it from considering other potential candidates for future superhero projects. The latest name to potentially get his own solo show? Jon Bernthal’s The Punisher, who is making his debut on the second season of Daredevil this year.
As fans know, Bernthal was tapped to portray the longtime favorite Marvel figure earlier this year. The character, also known as Frank Castle, is a martial arts master and U.S. military veteran, with expert knowledge in a variety of weapons and guerrilla warfare. These skills allow Castle to moonlight as The Punisher, a vigilante who – like Daredevil- aims to clean up New York’s Hell’s Kitchen (although he usually goes about it in a much more brutal way).
Though Bernthal has shared photos of himself dressed as his character, The Punisher won’t make his formal debut until the premiere of Daredevil‘s sophomore season in March. Despite that, Netflix is apparently hugely confident in Bernthal’s portrayal — so much so, that it’s strongly considering giving him his own show. According to TVLine, who broke the news, “Netflix is thisclose to pulling the trigger on The Punisher, a new Marvel spinoff series.”
Nothing has been officially confirmed yet, but it should come as no surprise that Netflix is looking to expand its Marvel slate and that it’s considering doing so with this specific character. While fans have yet to see any extended footage of Bernthal as The Punisher, early buzz for his performance has been overwhelmingly positive. Plus, he has a great foundation to build off of, considering what a success the first season of Daredevil was. Combine that with the fact that the character is already a favorite among comic book fans and it’s no wonder why Netflix is thinking of pursuing a spin-off series.
But while the potential for a The Punisher series is certainly worth getting excited over, fans shouldn’t start counting down the days just yet. As previously stated, nothing is official as of now. Marvel has yet to comment on the speculation at all while Netflix has only barely acknowledged the possibility. “All the characters that spin out in that universe could spin out,” CEO Ted Sarandos said of the potential for an Elektra or The Punisher series. “Any character that’s in there is on the table, but nothing to talk about.”
It’s possible that the streaming service wants to wait to get fans’ reactions over The Punisher in Daredevil season two, before confirming any solo series. Should Netflix eventually move forward with the project though, it would mark its sixth Marvel series, following Daredevil, Jessica Jones, the upcoming Luke Cage, and the in-the-works Iron Fist and The Defenders.
Fans will have to stay tuned to see if The Punisher spin-off eventually gets a green light. In the meantime, the sophomore season of Daredevil is set to debut on Netflix on March 18. Jessica Jones has also recently been renewed for a second season, but a premiere date has not yet been finalized.