Netflix and Marvel gear up for another collab

The SVOD has already seen critical success for Daredevil and Jessica Jones, and is now hoping to repeat that pattern with The Punisher.
May 2, 2016

Following the critical success of its first two Marvel television series Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Netflix is banking on some magic from Marvel once again. The SVOD has ordered a season of Marvel’s The Punisher, it announced April 29.

The number of episodes, production timeline and premiere date of the series are still unknown, but the SVOD has confirmed in a statement that actor Jon Bernthal (pictured) will reprise his role as the titular character (known by day as Frank Castle), who was first introduced in the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil.

The Punisher depicts Castle, an anti-hero who doles out vigilante justice against criminals following the death of his family at the hands of the mob.

“Jon hooked our global audience with his performance as Frank Castle from the moment he stepped on screen in Marvel’s Daredevil, and we are looking forward to seeing more of him in this role under the vision of Steve Lightfoot,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix VP of original content in a statement.

Netflix’s work with Marvel has proven to be a worthwhile venture so far — Jessica Jones currently holds a score of 81% on Metacritic, and 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, while Daredevil holds a score of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Aside from Daredvil and Jessica Jones, other Marvel originals ordered by Netflix include Luke Cake, Iron Fist and The Defenders, set to debut in the next year.

Steve Lightfoot (AMC’s Hannibal) will serve as executive producer and showrunner, and will write the first two episodes of the series. The Punisher is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

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