Just a few months after Season 1 debuted on Netflix, production is already under way on Marvel's Daredevil Season 2, which is set to premiere sometime in 2016. Marvel has already announced a number of new additions to the cast, the most prominent being Jon Bernthal signing on to play Frank Castle, a.k.a. The Punisher. During the TCA press tour earlier today, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos teased that there is the possibility of this iconic character spinning off into his own TV series or movie. And he might join the ensemble Netflix miniseries The Defenders.
"It is possible for sure. That's the beauty of the Marvel universe. Any of them could spin out into films too."
We have already gotten our first look at Jon Bernthal on the set as The Punisher. Marvel's casting announcement from last month revealed that Frank Castle is, "a vigilante who aims to clean up New York City's Hell's Kitchen by any means necessary, no matter how lethal the results." New showrunner Marco Ramirez described Punisher as a "serial killer" who targets criminals, which contrasts with Daredevil's methods. Despite his murderous ways, Punisher is not being viewed as the villain in Marvel's Daredevil Season 2.
Of the four Marvel Netflix shows, Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Marvel's Luke Cage and Marvel's Iron Fist, only Marvel's Iron Fist doesn't have the title character cast. Krysten Ritter is playing Jessica Jones and Mike Colter has been set to portray Luke Cage. According to Ted Sarandos, Marvel's Iron Fist casting news will be coming soon.
"Hopefully soon. It's always a little extra complex with Marvel in announcing things."
When Marvel and Netflix first announced Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Marvel's Luke Cage and Marvel's Iron Fist, it was believed that all four shows will launch in 2015, with each of these characters coming together to form The Defenders in a new miniseries. That is not the case anymore, with Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones set to debut later this year, followed by Marvel's Daredevil Season 2 in 2016, and most likely Marvel's Luke Cage. While he wouldn't announce any specific release dates, Ted Sarandos did tease that fans should expect new seasons from one of these programs every six months.
"I think ideally there will be a rhythm of about every six months you'll get a new season or a new series from the Defenders group. And then they'll crossover into a combined [Defenders] season once we've launched the first season of each of the four characters."
If Netflix sticks to this release plan, with two shows launching per year, that means Marvel's Iron Fist and The Defenders will likely debut in 2017. That could change if Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones and Marvel's Luke Cage are renewed right away and start production on their second seasons shortly thereafter, like Marvel's Daredevil, but we'll have to wait and see. What do you think about the prospect for a Punisher spinoff TV series and the release plan for these superhero shows?