“A week and a half ago, Marvel and Netflix NFLX +1.35% unveiled the latest trailer for the upcoming season of Daredevil. In the two and a half minute video, audiences got their first real taste of the MCU’s take on one of Marvel’s most beloved anti-heroes, Frank Castle a.k.a The Punisher (who, in the show, is played by The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal). From what we saw, it’s clear this take on Castle isn’t like the previous films that featured the man as more of a Wolverine type character that, while violent, ultimately has the support of good people behind him. Rather, in this take, it’s clear The Punisher is being presented as a problem to the devil of hell’s kitchen and the law enforcement entities that protect it.
However, when the trailer ended, it did so with the promise that more was yet to come, and today is the day for that more to arrive.
There’s been a lot of rumor and concern surrounding the state of Marvel’s various Netflix properties. Initially, the announcement of Daredevil season two took everyone by surprise in the spring of last year as the original deal that was put forth by the company and its streaming partner made it seem as if the 60 ordered Marvel Television episodes were locked into offerings ofDaredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, all of which would lead up to a mini-series titled The Defenders. However, now the terms of that deal are appearing more malleable than once believed. Is the deal for those five series or for 60 episodes of whatever Marvel chooses?
Currently, despite there being a showrunner in place, there’s been little movement on the front of Iron Fist. Instead, what’s been circling are a variety of unsubstantiated rumors that Netflix and Marvel are planning to pull the trigger on a Punisher spin-off instead…”