Marvel’s The Punisher season 1 will officially become available for streaming through Netflix starting next month on Friday, November 17th. Marvel and Netflix have been teasing (or, depending on how you look at it, taunting) Marvel Cinematic Universe fans about the launch date for Frank Castle’s solo TV series for months now. It was expected that the two companies would announce the premiere date at New York Comic Con earlier this month, but that was before The Punisher‘s NYCC panel was cancelled in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting.
Jon Bernthal reprises his role as Franke Castle in The Punisher season 1, after having originated the character in Daredevil season 2 last year. The Punisher solo TV series was created by Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal) and promise to be just as violent and grisly as Frank’s introduction to the MCU was. The newest trailer released by Marvel and Netflix for the series (which you can watch above) further confirms as much to be true.
Said trailer concludes by revealing the official premiere date for The Punisher. The show will hit Netflix on the same day that the DC Comics tentpole Justice League opens in theaters and just a few days before Marvel’s Runaways TV series launches on Hulu. Suffice it to say, November is going to be a busy month for the comic book crowd.
As both the synopsis and trailers for The Punisher (including, the newest one) have confirmed, the series follows Frank on a journey to unravel a conspiracy that “runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld.” Joining Frank on his venture is Deborah Ann Woll back as Karen Page – whose journalistic talents and skills of investigation will no doubt serve Frank well in uncovering a mystery that even connects to his days serving in the military. Joining Karen in Frank Castle’s corner is a fellow known as Micro (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), who tech know-how compliments Frank’s penchant for using blunt-force brutality to get results.
Similar to the Marvel/Netflix shows that have come before it, The Punisher will explore the ethics of street-level crime fighting in a relatively grounded and gritty fashion. Connections to Daredevil season 2 aside, the show is expected to operate by and large independent of The Defenders miniseries and the narrative threads that built up to that small screen event. As such, The Punisher should contain few to no references to the fallout from The Hand’s assault on New York, especially if it turns out that season 1 takes place before Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Danny Rand joined forces for the first time.
The Punisher season 1 premieres Friday, November 17 on Netflix. Premiere dates for the new seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist have yet to be announced.
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