Fans of Frank Castle won't have to wait much longer for The Punisher to appear on Netflix, as the new Marvel TV show appears set to arrive in November. A few years back when Marvel and Netflix struck their unprecedented reveal, fans were only promised five series. Four of those have already aired, with this August's The Defenders finally completing things. Of course, the years have also brought with them rumors of all sorts of spinoffs and new shows featuring many of the characters from Marvel's vast stable. So far, none of them have proven to be more than the hopes of fans, save The Punisher.
Following the debut of season two of Daredevil last year, rumors began swirling that Jon Bernthal's powerful performance had impressed Marvel and Netflix so much that they were considering giving Frank Castle his own series. Sure enough, word soon broke that The Punisher had been added to the Netflix docket. Not long after, filming began for the series, infused with an aggressive passion that pointed towards an intense show. As has been the case, however, word on when fans might actually see the show has been kept a secret. It's only been a few months since we discovered when The Defenders would appear, but all signs have pointed towards The Punisher following soon after. Now, we know the series will arrive during the eleventh hour of 2017.
THR sat down with Irish director Dearbhla Walsh to discuss her work on Fargo, among other things. Following an innocent question about whether she'd ever worked in North America before, she let slip that his work on an episode of The Punisher would premiere in November:
"One other time that hasn't been aired yet, which was an episode for the new Marvel series The Punisher, which I did just before Christmas, but it's not airing until November. I directed that in New York and edited in L.A., but this was my first directing experience in lovely Canada."
The reveal isn't too much of a surprise. It's long been known that The Punisher would arrive this year, and November or December were the only bets given The Defenders' premiere in August. It also means The Punisher will take the spot previously occupied by season one of Jessica Jones, just as Iron Fist took Daredevil's previous March slot. Given that 2018 is all set to feature new seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, we'll likely see the same time slots used as this year.
Seeing as we're six months out from the potential release of The Punisher, we'll likely get an official confirmation soon. A Punisher series poster has also been teased, so something concrete could be on the way. Then again, Marvel and Netflix could be waiting until The Defenders drops to start teasing their next show. Either way, the next few months will likely bring more information and a trailer for the show.
While Castle was given a huge chunk of the story and screen time on season two of Daredevil, fans will be eager to see what a solo series involving the character will look like. From the full cast to a synopsis, there's still a lot we don't know about The Punisher. Hopefully, that will be changing very soon.
The Defenders will arrive August 18th, with The Punisher coming sometime in November of this year. Daredevil seasons 1 and 2, Jessica Jones season 1, Luke Cage season 1, and Iron Fist season 1 are now available on Netflix. Premiere dates for the newest seasons of Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Luke Cage have not yet been revealed.