A new landing page in the Netflix app on mobile is launching speculation that The Punisher, the spinoff of Daredevil starring Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, The Punisher, may be coming sooner than we thought. When Netflix revealed in July their production schedule for their coming Marvel shows, they confirmed only that Iron Fist and Defenders would be coming in 2017. The latter is the uniting of the first four series’ heroes. At that time, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said Jessica Jones season 2, The Punisher, and Daredevil Season 3 wouldn’t be coming until at least 2018.
Now, though, a landing page for The Punisher has been found in the mobile app (you can literally just search for The Punisher and it’s right there). The landing page lists the title, and a very basic logline: “After the murder of his family, Frank Castle is both haunted and hunted. In the criminal underworld, he’ll become known as The Punisher.” So why does this make people think it might be coming sooner than we thought? Netflix’s history has been to only post these landing pages when the show is about a year out. If that pattern held, then The Punisher would be set for a 2017 launch.
However, there are also aspects that hold that back from being a certainty. First, Netflix lists no date whatsoever (for the record, there’s no date on Iron Fist or Defenderspages either). Also, things could simply be changing; now that Netflix has more than their initial five series officially announced, they could simply want that landing page to keep the average viewer interested – Netflix has a vested interest in keeping their paying customers around, after all. They also have yet to put out more than two in a year, and every indication at the TCA ’16 panel was that they were happy and comfortable with that release schedule.
Still, the landing page is a positive step in the direction of Marvel’s The Punisher coming to life once more, this time in his own series. For now, Luke Cage is next up on September 30, 2016.