Yesterday, news broke that Marvel Television and Netflix were already developing a spin-off series for The Punisher, who we will first meet in the second season of Daredevil when Jon Bernthal tackles the iconic character. Many, including myself, expected some sort of confirmation from Netflix today during the TCAs, but instead, Netflix’s head of content, Ted Sarandos, chose to remain mum on the matter. On one hand, this did make sense given the second season of Daredevil isn’t set to debut until March. On the other hand? With Entertainment Weekly reporting that the streaming service is currently looking for a showrunner to potentially run the series, it appears as though they are further along in development than they’ve hinted.
While Sarandos has chosen to remain quiet on the spin-off, the showrunners of Daredevil season two have teased the potential series in a recent interview with The Wrap. When talking about bringing Frank Castle into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, showrunner Doug Petrie talked about how they have the pleasure of “introducing” castle to both Hell’s Kitchen and the world they’ve created on the Netflix side of the MCU.
“We got the pleasure of introducing Frank Castle into Hell’s Kitchen and our world,” said Petrie. “Where we start him off is, this is ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Daredevil’ Season 2, and the question was put before us. Jeph Loeb at Marvel has been extremely helpful at positioning this season as ‘What is it to be a hero?’ Season 1 is the guy becomes a hero, and now, what is he going to do? Frank Castle comes and really stirs the pot, like, ‘oh, you’re going to do this? I’m going to do this too. We’re not that different, you’re not that superior.’ There’s a little difference between them and that little difference is an enormous moral chasm that is kind of the engine for the season.”
As it stands, with all of the trades confirming it is in development, and Entertainment Weekly going on record to state that they are reaching out to potential showrunners, it’s pretty much a guarantee at this point. Still, with Daredevil‘s second season not set to debut until March 18th, it’s likely that we won’t hear any official news regarding the spin-off until then.
Source: The Wrap.