For quite some time we have known that Punisher was coming to Netflix sometime in 2017, but the exact release date has been a mystery. Now, a director of one of the episodes, Dearbhla Walsh, has confirmed via discussions with The Holywood Reporter that we are looking at a November release date.
One other time that hasn’t been aired yet, which was an episode for the new Marvel series The Punisher, which I did just before Christmas, but it’s not airing until November. I directed that in New York and edited in L.A., but this was my first directing experience in lovely Canada.
This release date makes a lot of sense, and as we mentioned in last week’s podcast, gives us a “Franksgiving” this year in November. The release date probably will mimic Jessica Jones which dropped on the Friday before Thanksgiving, allowing people to binge after stuffing themselves with stuffing. (Note that is only my hypothesis, the quote merely says November.) It also spaces out three months after The Defenders which appears to be the main concern for Netflix. Their promotion of the show has been minimal, probably waiting until their team-up show airs.
In many ways, this show can be thought of as the launch of “second phase” of Netflix MCU. It is the first show after the conclusion of Marvel’s original deal with Netflix. Also, Punisher will be the first show Netflix ordered outside of the original agreement (though the exact nature of the second season of Daredevil in the original talks is uncertain.) Finally, it will also be the first show without Claire Temple appearing. Spinning off a new character on a new journey will be an exciting next step for Marvel TV and Netflix.
Are you excited for Punisher? Does this show fit your hopes for new Netflix programs in the MCU? Is this too many shows a year, or the more the merrier? Share your thoughts in the comments below.