The movie side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to enter the realm of mysticism and magic this fall with the release of Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange. The small screen is also expected to deal with the unexplainable this September when Ghost Rider makes his debut on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, Marvel’s Netflix shows will continue to follow their world of street-level crime with the premiere of Luke Cage, the third of Marvel’s series to premiere on the streaming service after Daredevil – seasons 1 and 2 – and Jessica Jones.
In the coming years, Marvel and Netflix are set to debut the fourth solo series, Iron Fist, as well as the team-up miniseries The Defenders – both currently scheduled for 2017 release – followed by subsequent seasons of Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and the spinoff series focusing on Frank Castle a.k.a. The Punisher (Jon Bernthal). Now, a new report claims Marvel’s first Netflix spinoff will also arrive in 2017.
A Reddit post [h/t Heroic Hollywood] featuring a screenshot of the Netflix app page for The Punisher has a tentative release date of 2017 along with a brief synopsis. However, this post should be taken with a grain of salt since, although it’s unclear from the screenshot what region the user is in, a quick search on the U.S. version of Netflix (both desktop and the app) reveals that The Punisher does not yet have a release date. That said, the synopsis from the Reddit post does appear:
After the murder of his family, Frank Castle is both haunted and hunted. In the criminal underworld, he’ll become known as The Punisher.
The synopsis for The Punisher does fall in line with what Bernthal has previously said about the character, in that the version of Frank Castle seen in Daredevil season 2 was not quite the fully realized version of Marvel’s anti-hero. So, that final transformation will likely be what’s explored in The Punisher spinoff series, which already has Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal, Casualty) attached as an executive producer and showrunner.
As for the release date, it seems incredibly unlikely The Punisher will arrive in 2017. Earlier this year at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that, at the time, there was no goal to put out more than one or two of the Marvel series a year. This release schedule is the result of “long production times and long post times,” which can be made even more difficult when characters crossover from one series to another. So, if Netflix is sticking to the release schedule of two series a year and since Iron Fist and The Defenders are already confirmed for 2017, it seems unlikely The Punisher will debut as well.
Of course, considering Bernthal’s version of The Punisher was one of the best received aspects of Daredevil season 2, it’s certain fans are looking forward to the spinoff series – and Netflix may be eager to produce and release the show for that reason. But, we know that Jessica Jones season 2 is going into production immediately following production on The Defenders, and it’s not expected to be released until 2018. Unless The Punisher series films concurrent with The Defenders, it’s unlikely the series would be ready for a 2017 release. More likely, The Punisher won’t arrive until 2018 or 2019 – but it remains to be seen what Marvel and Netflix ultimately decide.
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. The Defenders and Iron Fist arrive in 2017. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, The Punisher and Daredevil season 3 have not yet been announced.