It's Finally Happening: Marvel & Netflix to Officially Launch Punisher Series

Hold on to your butts, gang, 'cause it looks like the Punisher is getting his own Netflix series.

According to comicbookmovie.com, Marvel and Netflix have announced that the Punisher, played so compellingly by Jon Bernthal, will have his own Netflix spinoff show. 

Helming the show will be Steve Lightfoot, who gained critical acclaim for his show Hannibal, which ran on NBC. 

“We want to thank the fans who are clamoring for more of Jon’s stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle from ‘Marvel’s Daredevil,’” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, “Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring ‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ to Netflix.”

“Jon hooked our global audience with his performance as Frank Castle from the moment he stepped on screen in ‘Marvel’s Daredevil,’ and we are looking forward to seeing more of him in this role under the vision of Steve Lightfoot,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content.

“For me, the complexity and unpredictability of Frank Castle make him an incredibly compelling character and I couldn’t be more excited to dive into his world,” said Executive Producer and Showrunner, Steve Lightfoot. “After watching Jon’s performance in ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ I could not be more excited to be working with him to further develop and progress the story of this anti-hero in a show of his own.”

This is a home run for Marvel and Netflix: the character suffered through a series of middling film interpretations but was brought to life by Bernthal's alternating intensity and humanity. Bringing in Lightfoot is a real coup - the man created a taught thriller revolving around highly intelligent (and highly intense) characters, all while dealing with over-the-top violence and blood. 

And the best part is that Punisher may even be making an appearance in Netflix's hero ensemble the Defenders