When rumors of a Marvel/Netflix Punisher series started making the rounds about a month ago, fans got pretty excited about their favorite Marvel antihero finally getting the adaptation the character deserves — especially after all the positive buzz surrounding Jon Bernthal’s (The Walking Dead) performance as the gun-toting vigilante Frank Castle!
But today it looks like our hopes and dreams of a Punisher solo series are about to come to a screeching halt. At least for now.
In a new interview with Digital Spy, Marvel Television Executive Vice President Jeph Loeb put a spanner in the works when he said that fans shouldn’t believe every rumor they hear.
“I think that's something that people are speculating on, as opposed to something that's actually happening,” he said. “It's certainly our hope that any of our characters will be embraced and that people want to see more of them.”
Right. So. Is Jeph Loeb *maybe* trying to downplay the possibility of getting a Punisher series here? I mean, perhaps Marvel and Netflix are waiting for Season 2 of Daredevil to hit the streaming service on March 18 before making any official announcement? That’s certainly something to ponder. Maybe they're just waiting to see how we'll react to the ultra-violent character about to start doing some punishing on Matt Murdock's (Charlie Cox) home turff.
Just when Matt thinks he is bringing order back to the city, new forces are rising in Hell’s Kitchen. Now the Man Without Fear must take on a new adversary in Frank Castle and face an old flame – Elektra Natchios. Bigger problems emerge when Frank Castle, a man looking for vengeance, is reborn as The Punisher, a man who takes justice into his own hands in Matt’s neighborhood. Meanwhile, Matt must balance his duty to his community as a lawyer and his dangerous life as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, facing a life-altering choice that forces him to truly understand what it means to be a hero.
What do you think?
(via Digital Spy)