Say what you want about Marvel’s line-up of Netflix shows and the connective tissue they share with Infinity War and the wider MCU – or lack thereof – but no one can deny that the studio’s TV arm is keeping fans pretty busy at the moment.
Back in March, for instance, we were treated to the second installment of Jessica Jones, which unfortunately failed to replace Kilgrave with a compelling and nuanced villain. Luke Cage, meanwhile, thankfully avoided the same trap last month, when Harlem’s Hero for Hire confronted John McIver (AKA the Bushmaster) in order to appease the citizens of his city.
Then there’s Daredevil and Iron Fist, who are also poised for more solo adventures later this year, but beyond The Defenders, there’s another Marvel hero gearing up for his next small screen outing as well. His name? Frank Castle, better known to you, I and the citizens of Hell’s Kitchen as The Punisher.
Yes, Castle’s returning for more and with season 2 currently in production, we’re slowly but surely starting to learn what’s in store for us. Plot details still remain scarce, but talking to ComicBook.com recently, producer Joe Quesada teased that fans are going to be in for a real treat with the show’s sophomore effort.
“It is just crazy stuff. Crazy stuff. It’s going to be exactly what fans want. And Bernthal, Bernthal is Bernthal, man. He’s a force of nature, the dude.”
While it remains to be seen if season 2 will please everyone like Quesada says it will, he’s certainly right about John Bernthal, who’s absolutely perfect in the role. And thankfully, the titular mercenary hasn’t lost his edge since enacting vengeance on the Homeland agents responsible for the deaths of his wife and children. That leaves Castle in a pretty interesting spot, mentally speaking, as we approach The Punisher‘s return.
As of the time of writing, the second season is yet to nail down an official release window, but with new installments of Iron Fist and Daredevil on the way this year, we wouldn’t be surprised if Frank’s sophomore series was shelved until 2019. Watch this space for more.