Netflix Just Announced a New Year’s Treat for Fans of Their (Remaining) Marvel Series
We’ve known for a while that Frank Castle aka The Punisher would return to Netflix for a second (and likely final) season. Now it turns out good ol’ Frank will continue his reign of vigilante justice much sooner than expected.
Today Netflix dropped an announcement trailer confirming that Marvel’s The Punisher: Season 2 will drop on their streaming service on Friday, January 18. If you want to see the show’s star Jon Bernthal waxing poetic while strutting around with a badass Punisher logo on his chest, then this trailer is just the thing for you. Check it out below.
And here’s Netflix’s official synopsis:
Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) can run but he can’t hide from who he’s meant to be. Season two finds Frank in all too familiar territory. With Castle’s former brother-in-arms Billy Russo (Ben Barnes) slowly beginning to heal from the traumatic brain injury Frank inflicted on him, it’s only a matter of time before Billy starts to put the pieces of the puzzle back together.
The real story here centres on Disney and their power play to stop issuing their content to Netflix. Disney owns Marvel and plans on folding all their Marvel content into their own upcoming streaming service. This means that once Disney’s contract with Netflix expires subscribers will no longer find MCU titles like Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War sitting in their queues.
While Marvel’s Netflix series like Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones will remain on the streaming service, the character’s stories are effectively over. Last year, Netflix snuffed out their Marvel series, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil as though they were the Stark family at the red wedding. It’s a safe bet that Netflix will also end their Punisher series shortly after season two’s rollout.
I’m sorry to see the Marvel Netflix programming go. Though they weren’t consistently great, each show (that wasn’t Iron Fist) had enough moments to please genre fans. And I’ll ride for Daredevil’s second season any day of the week. The Punisher is the first Netflix series that I didn’t complete, and I can’t say I’m excited to see it return. And now, knowing that series is effectively dead on arrival, I have even less incentive to play catch up. How do the Marvel completists feel about all of this? Let us know @VictorJStiff and @OnThatShelf.
Marvel’s The Punisher: Season 2 launches globally on Netflix on January 18, 2019.