A first look image from The Punisher reveals Jon Bernthal's full costume. Despite the highly-anticipated release of The Defenders having occurred just a few days ago, time marches on, and the steady stream of Marvel Studios' Netflix dramas continues unabated. Next up on the Marvel/Netflix docket is The Punisher season 1, the solo small screen debut of emotionally-damaged badass Frank Castle, the titular crime-stopper and smasher of bad guys.
Castle was of course introduced to Marvel's Netflix universe via a well-received supporting role in Daredevil season 2, which saw Matt Murdock's heroic morals repeatedly clash with the take-no-prisoners philosophy espoused by The Punisher. While many would argue that Daredevil had it right with his desire to avoid killing people, it was hard not to feel for Frank, whose life was ruined by the brutal murder of his family right in front of his eyes. By all accounts, Frank was an honorable man prior to that event, and likely would have stayed one had it not happened.
Marvel/Netflix has released a new first look image for The Punisher season 1, which shines a spotlight on the titular anti-hero's full costume. Gritty, grimy, and decked out entirely in black, Castle looks ready to hit the streets of New York City and assist various criminal scum with meeting their makers. By the time Frank gets done, NYC's criminals will wish they had stayed home for a quiet night of binging TV shows. (Not on Netflix though, as that would create some type of paradox.) Check the image out below.
As of this writing, a premiere date for The Punisher's solo Netflix debut still has yet to be revealed, although a 2017 arrival has been confirmed. With fall rapidly approaching, one assumes that an announcement will be forthcoming fairly soon, possibly for a late fall/early winter timeframe debut. This would put its arrival around the same time as when Jessica Jones season 1 premiered in 2015.
2017 represents the first time that three different Marvel/Netflix seasons have dropped in the same calendar year, with Iron Fist, The Defenders, and soon The Punisher. 2018 will establish this three seasons per year structure as the new normal, with Daredevil season 3, Jessica Jones season 2, and Luke Cage season 2 all expected to hit Netflix before the year wraps up.
The Punisher season 1 assaults 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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