Netflix will continue to be the home of The Punisher for awhile yet.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming service has ordered a second season of the recent Marvel television program starring Jon Bernthal as haunted Afghanistan veteran Frank Castle.
The first season saw Frank learn the true reason behind his family’s murder and sought to, well, punish those responsible. Along the way, he met Micro (Ebon Moss-Bachrach, an analyst put into a desperate situation thanks to his knowledge of Frank’s actions during the war, and Homeland Security agent Dinah Madani (Amber Rose Revah); another person desperately trying to prove a very bad thing happened in Afghanistan.
It is unclear when the series will return, but THR suggests it confirms a continuing relationship between Marvel and Netflix despite Disney’s plans to build its own streaming service on the strength of its own holdings, Marvel included. Currently, a second season of Jessica Jones is set to debut in March, with new seasons of Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Daredevil in various stages of production. All are expected to debut before Disney pulls the rest of its content from Netflix in 2019, but it seems possible that The Punisher‘s second season will premiere after that change.
Beyond studio politics, it will be interesting to see where the series goes in its second year. Frank seemed ready to embrace a new life, but many viewers believe he will have to face the Gnucci crime family from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Welcome Back, Frank before too long. It’s also easy to imagine Frank’s conflict with Billy Russo (Ben Barnes) will continue. My only personal hope is that they cut back the number of episodes in the second season. At, say, 10 episodes, the first season would’ve been a much learner and more satisfying watch.
In the meantime, we can enjoy Jessica Jones‘ return on March 8th.