When Daredevil hit Netflix back in April of this year, to much acclaim by both critics and fans, viewers quickly began to wonder what other characters might join the Netflix world. We already know who who a number of the new faces will be – Jessica Jones, debuting later this year, will feature the eponymous heroine, and will also introduce Luke Cage before he gets his own series some time next year. We also have Iron Fist on the horizon and of course the eventual team up between all these characters in The Defenders. But the one character fans have been eager to see brought into the Netflix world is Frank Castle, a.k.a The Punisher.

There have been rumors that he could make an appearance in the second season of Daredevil, which will be released in 2016, and there’s even been talk that he could be referenced in this year’s Jessica Jones, but it was all just a guessing game. Until today, that is.

Marvel has just announced that Jon Bernthal has joined the second season of Daredevil as Frank Castle, a.k.a The Punisher.

Here’s the full press release from Marvel:

Jon Bernthal (“Wolf of Wall Street,” “The Walking Dead, ” “Fury”) joins the upcoming season of “Marvel’s Daredevil,” streaming only on Netflix in 2016!

Bernthal will portray The Punisher, one of Marvel’s most popular characters. He is a vigilante who aims to clean up New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary, no matter how lethal the results.

Jon Bernthal brings an unmatched intensity to every role he takes on, with a potent blend of power, motivation and vulnerability that will connect with audiences,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. “Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same.”

Bernthal will also appear in the upcoming action thriller “The Accountant.”

“Marvel’s Daredevil” is Executive Produced by Doug Petrie (“American Horror Story,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), Marco Ramirez (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “DaVinci’s Demons”) and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost”), along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones.”)

“Marvel’s Daredevil” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios. Season one of “Marvel’s Daredevil” is now streaming on Netflix.

This is an excellent casting decision. He’s an actor I’ve often seen fans suggest for the role, should Marvel decide to bring him into the MCU, so I’m thrilled with this choice. Fans also have high hopes that Punisher’s appearance in Daredevil will eventually lead to a solo series, and potentially become the first title in “phase two” of the Netflix world.

Excited about this casting? What are your hopes for the future of Punisher? Sound off in the comments below!

Source: Marvel.