Daredevil and the Punisher are set to cross paths this spring as season 2 of Daredevil lands on Netflix in March. The latest teaser has promised a darker storyline, which will introduce new threats and complications for Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), specifically the arrival of his "psychotic" ex-girlfriend Elektra (Elodie Yung) and the Punisher (Jon Bernthal), who will launch an extremist war on crime.
Daredevil won’t be hanging up his horns beyond the second season of the series, as Marvel just announced that the (usually) red-clad superhero will meet the hyper-violent antihero again in the comic book universe. A new comic book series titled Daredevil/Punisher is scheduled for release on May 4, 2016.
Information on the series has been relatively limited, the release did offer a glimpse at the new series' first cover, which features the Man Without Fear in his new post-Secret Wars black-and-red costume, while Castle is decked out in his familiar skull shirt, sensible pants, and automatic weapon.
Take a look at the cover and the issues solicitation (via Newsarama) below:
"A simple change of venues for one of Matt Murdock’s cases becomes more complicated when THE PUNISHER attempts to send the defendant away…permanently! If DAREDEVIL and BLINDSPOT want to get this mobster his day in court, it will take every ounce of wit and wile they have. All Frank needs to get what he wants is a bullet. The race is on."
Unsurprisingly, the story sounds as though it will follow a successful Marvel Comics formula by further exploring the Daredevil/Punisher dynamic with particular focus on Matt and Frank's interactions and their opposed morals, methods, and characteristics. The two have a long history of epic dust-ups in the comics, which is one of the reasons why Frank Castle was added to Netflix's upcoming second installment in its hit adaptation. Meanwhile, anticipation for the live-action fisticuffs between the two was likely the impetus for this new series.
As mentioned above, many details surrounding the comic book series remain under wraps for the time-being, but as Punisher Central reported, we do know that Reilly Brown – the comic book artist behind The Amazing Spider-Man, Cable & Deadpool, and many others – will handle the covers and layouts. Meanwhile, Szymon Kudranski – who has drawn to life cult superheroes such as Spawn, Green Lantern, and Batman – will be responsible for the finished artwork.
Daredevil/Punisher has been listed on the official Marvel website as a digital comic, which will be part of the Infinite Comic project that was launched in 2012 with the release of Avengers vs. X-Men. Marvel Entertainment CCO Joe Quesada explained the concept as being "a new technique in comics storytelling," meaning that Daredevil/Punisher will be available across digital platforms and will allow readers to advance the story with a simple swipe to reveal new panels, transitions, captions, and dialogue boxes.
With anticipation for the two characters' onscreen interaction reaching a fever pitch among fans ahead of its March premiere, giving Daredevil and The Punisher their own miniseries -- albeit a few months later -- seems like a no-brainer on Marvel's part.
Daredevil season 1 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Daredevil season 2 will debut on Netflix on March 18th, 2016 and the Daredevil/Punisher comic book crossover miniseries will follow on May 4th, 2016. Release dates for Iron Fist and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced. Screen Rant will also keep you updated on the Punisher spinoff as development continues.