He wowed viewers on his first appearance in Daredevil season 2, and then last November he blew audiences away with his self-titled miniseries. Now, about a month after Marvel’s The Punisher made its entrance into the Netflix on-demand library, the streaming giant has green-lighted a follow-up season to chronicle the further adventures of ex-marine vigilante Frank Castle, played in the series by Jon Bernthal.
The announcement was punctuated by a video uploaded to the Punisher Netflix series’ official Facebook page. It’s a no-frills teaser that showed the Punisher’s skull logo being spray-painted on a black background, with the paint dripping down the screen to form a “2.” The billboard by Netflix which followed put all doubts to rest that the ultra-violent Marvel character will be back for more.
This is a triumph for Marvel Television, ABC and Netflix which produced the series and all its predecessors on the streaming service, each segment featuring a street-level Marvel superhero, with August’s The Defenders being their first big team-up arc. It’s also a sure sign that lead star Bernthal, who initially was wary of reprising a superhero role, is now on board with carrying the character portrayal through for as long as needed.
Even a rough plot possibility for season 2 is possible with the finale of the first season which came out November 17. It showed Frank Castle repeatedly slam the final bad guy of the series (played by ben Barnes) face-first into a mirror, scarring his face; this is similar to the comic-book origin of the Punisher’s most memorable arch-enemy, Jigsaw.
The Punisher stars Bernthal along with Ebon Moss-Bachrach (“Girls”), Deborah Ann Woll (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “True Blood”), Ben Barnes (“Westworld”), Amber Rose Revah (“Emerald City”), Michael Nathanson (“The Knick”), and Jaime Ray Newman (“Bates Motel”). Show-runner Steve Lightfoot is co-executive producer alongside Jim Chory, who ran three other Marvel-Netflix shows, and Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb.
Having a season 2 for The Punisher is big news following the recent announcement of a season 2 for fellow Marvel-Netflix entry Jessica Jones.