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CBTVB: Netflix and Marvel Developing a Solo Punisher Series

By Muuka Muyumba

Heroic Hollywood is reporting that Marvel and Netflix are working on developing a Punisher series according to their sources.

Jon Bernthal is debuting, to rave reviews, as the violent vigilante in season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil which premieres on the streaming service on March 18, 2016. Bernthal will play an interloper into Daredevil’s efforts to keep Hell’s Kitchen a peaceful place after rooting out Wilson Fisk in season 1.

[UPDATE] Bernthal spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the development of his character, noting “[h]e’s a guy who brought the war home with him [in] the worst possible way. There are a lot of iterations of this character and in all of them it’s a man who’s gone through this unbelievable trauma and what’s interesting about our take on him is how this trauma reshapes his own philosophy.”

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The Punisher is no stranger to the big screen having had 3 versions, played by Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane, and Ray Stevenson respectively. Now, Frank Castle will return to a series-long storyline to avenge the innocent.

The character was created by writer Gerry Conway and artist John Romita, Sr., with publisher Stan Lee providing the name. The Punisher made his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 (Feb. 1974). Castle is a war veteran who has no superpowers, and became a gun-toting vigilante after he was left for dead by the mob when his family was massacred. Castle recovered from a near-death experience and went on to eliminate those who murdered his family.

Marvel and Netflix have been producing some of the best superhero stories on the streaming service with gritty reality and violence on a level not seen before on screen. Daredevil and Jessica Jones have told smaller stories focused on characters, and less on superpowers. Luke Cage and Iron Fist are under post and pre-production for Netflix as the 4 (and possibly 5) heroes will team up in as the Defenders in a mini-series but no release date has been set for that event.

Source: HeroicHollywood