UPDATE: Screen Rant has learned that this date is false. The original article follows.
The release date for The Punisher may have finally been uncovered thanks to a magazine excerpt claiming a mid-October launch. Marvel is notoriously secretive about their projects, but they have amplified the unknown for The Punisher. Audiences are already familiar with Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of Frank Castle thanks to Daredevil season 2, and the excitement for him getting a solo series of his own has been high ever since.
Excitement levels have remained steady thanks to the prospects of the show – diving deep into the anti-hero – but Marvel and Netflix have continued to hold vital pieces of information from the public. With a marketing campaign centered around redacted documents and information, the biggest piece they’ve been holding is when The Punisher will start streaming.
Fans have feverishly combed through every second of footage released thus far to try and determine when The Punisher will debut, and we may now finally know. As shared on Reddit, the newest issue of Total Film has a section dedicated to covering Marvel and Netflix’s sixth show. While this is far from official at this point (and what follows should be taken with a grain of salt), the end of the magazine’s Punisher coverage states an October 13th launch. For anyone skeptical about this article being real, there’s a second full image of the magazine spread below.
Since this is not confirmed, everyone should hold off on clearing their calendars for a thirteen hour binge come October 13th. If this is indeed true and came out before Marvel/Netflix desired, than it may not be too long before the date is confirmed. All previous evidence pointed to a November launch after one director said that is when Punisher would drop. Then again, an October release may be better timing, and is just a few weeks away from right now.
Releasing Punisher with only a three weeks notice would generate a ton of buzz and come at a point when no major tentpole films are hitting theaters. Blade Runner 2049 will already have been out for a full week by that point, so the excitement of that franchise’s return should not hurt the viewership for Punisher. It also gives it a two week cushion before Netflix drops season 2 of Stranger Things, giving fans of both universes plenty of time to binge Punisher before then. Plus, keeping Punisher out of November will keep it from directly competing with Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League in terms of comic book programming.
As stated earlier, this is not a confirmed premiere date, but it seems highly unlikely that Total Film made up this date out of nowhere. October 13th appears to be a perfect slot for Punisher, but we will have to wait and see for now if that is, in fact, Marvel/Netflix’s plan.
The Punisher season 1 premieres on Netflix sometime in 2017. Premiere dates for the new seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist have yet to be announced.
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