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Debunked: A ‘Punisher’ Series On Netflix? Not Just Yet!

For a few months now, there has been rampant speculation about the existence of an in-development “The Punisher” series from Marvel TV and Netflix.  Hell, many have been taking it as gospel for awhile now.  As it turns out, fans are counting their chickens before they hatch when it comes to this theoretical series.  As with the Civil War rumor, it turns out that things aren’t as some think (or hope)…

Marve TV head honcho Jeph Loeb weighs in…

“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 seemore of them,” he added.

Of course, that doesn’t mean a Punisher solo series is entirely off the table. Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos said that “any character that’s in [the Marvel Netflix series] is on the table…It’s always possible. All the characters in the universe could also spin out.”

I’m sure that Marvel TV is certainly considering such a series as a possibility for a post-“The Defenders” Phase Two of the Netflix shows.  That said, a “Punisher” series being in active development seems unlikely at this stage.  For one, Marvel TV will want to wait and see how audiences respond to Jon Bernthal’s take on the character in the upcoming second season of “Daredevil“.  Also, there’s just no room in the schedule for one just yet and any post-“Defenders” debuts won’t arrive until at least 2018.

Will we get a “Punisher” series on there at some point?  Probably.  Just like we’ll probably get a “Moon Knight” series and a few other characters making the jump.  For now, however, Marvel TV’s concentration is solely on getting “Luke Cage” Season 1 through post-production, getting “Iron Fist” Season 1 shot, and developing the second season of “Jessica Jones” and “The Defenders” miniseries.  That’s a lot lined up to execute before a potential Frank Castle-centric show factors into things.

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