Daredevil Season 2 isn’t even out yet, and all people seem to be talking about is just how intense Jon Bernthal‘s Frank Castle aka The Punisher is. Given all the failed attempts at bringing the Punisher to the screen (anyone remember Dolph Lundgren’s Punisher? lol good times), it seems – least from what we’ve seen in the trailers anyway – that fans have finally been given a cinematic Punisher that lives up to his namesake (He “punishes” the bad-guys, get it?). The response to this actor and role in Daredevil has exceeded anyone’s expectations – including Marvel, it would seem. There’s been so much good tidings in fact, that it was rumored that Netflix/Marvel changed gears for their future outlook and decided to give The Punisher his own spin-off show for sometime in the near future. Perfect character and perfect outlet, and thus the rumor has stuck.
No one at Netflix/Marvel has said anything to refute the rumor, so it must be true, right? Well, not so fast…
In a new interview, Marvel Television executive vice president Jeph Loeb says that fans and the internet needs to put on the breaks. According to Loeb, if a Punisher spin-off in the works, he doesn’t know about it.
Loeb spoke about the subject with Digital Spy, where he indicates that a spin-off isn’t impossible, but says the announcement was without validity:
“I think that’s something that people are speculating on, as opposed to something that’s actually happening. It’s certainly our hope that any of our characters will be embraced and that people want to see more of them.”
In the same Interview, Loeb also said:
“When they announced that Jessica Jones was getting a second season, every single report said, ‘It should come as a surprise to no one that Jessica Jones has received a second season order.’ I’m the guy going, ‘Well, it was a surprise to me!’ It isn’t a given in television. The fact that we get to continue telling stories with these characters speaks a lot about the quality of the storytelling and the acting and the writing. We are telling the best stories that we can at Netflix, and they seem to be responding to it.”
Basically, Loeb has confirmed that there are no official plans, but his latter statement is clear. Thoughts on a Punisher solo series will be heading that way (if they haven’t already) once audiences move through and respond to season 2.
Daredevil season two hits Netflix on March 18.