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Marvel's The Punisher, or simply The Punisher, is a television series based on the Marvel Comics vigilante and antihero of the same name. It is the ninth television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was produced by Marvel Television and aired on Netflix.
On February 18, 2019, the series was canceled by Netflix.
After exacting revenge on those responsible for the deaths of his family, Frank Castle uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York's criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as the Punisher, and legally dead, he must discover the truth about injustices and make uneasy alliances, in order to finally end the war that has controlled his life for too long.
Former Marine-turned-vigilante Frank Castle has been living a quiet life on the road until he suddenly becomes embroiled in the attempted murder of a young girl. As he is drawn into the mystery surrounding her and those in pursuit of the information she holds, Castle attracts a new target on his back as new and old enemies force him to confront whether he should accept his destiny and embrace life as the Punisher.
- Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle/Punisher (Seasons 1-2)
- Ebon Moss-Bachrach as David Lieberman/Micro (Season 1)
- Ben Barnes as Billy Russo/Jigsaw † (Seasons 1-2)
- Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani (Seasons 1-2)
- Daniel Webber as Lewis Wilson † (Season 1)
- Paul Schulze as William Rawlins † (Season 1)
- Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle (Seasons 1-2)
- Michael Nathanson as Sam Stein † (Season 1)
- Jaime Ray Newman as Sarah Lieberman (Season 1)
- Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page (Season 1; Special Guest Star Season 2)
- Josh Stewart as John Pilgrim (Season 2)
- Floriana Lima as Krista Dumont (Season 2)
- Giorgia Whigham as Amy Bendix (Season 2)
- Shohreh Aghdashloo as Farah Madani (Season 1)
- Kelli Barrett as Maria Castle † (Seasons 1-2)
- Nicolette Pierini as Lisa Castle † (Seasons 1-2)
- Aidan Pierce Brennan as Frank Castle, Jr. † (Seasons 1-2)
- Geoffrey Cantor as Mitchell Ellison (Season 1)
- Kobi Frumer as Zach Lieberman (Season 1)
- Ripley Sobo as Leo Lieberman (Season 1)
- Tim Guinee as Clay Wilson (Season 1)
- Rick Holmes as Senator Stan Ori (Season 1)
- C. Thomas Howell as SAC Carson Wolf † (Season 1)
- Jeb Kreager as Gunner Henderson † (Season 1)
- Tony Plana as Director Rafael Hernandez (Seasons 1-2)
- Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Deputy Director Marion James (Seasons 1-2)
- Delaney Williams as O'Connor † (Season 1)
- Shezi Sardar as Ahmad Zubair † (Season 1)
- Royce Johnson as Detective Sergeant Brett Mahoney (Seasons 1-2)
- Corbin Bernsen as Anderson Schultz † (Season 2)
- Annette O'Toole as Eliza Schultz † (Season 2)
- Todd Alan Crain as Senator David Schultz (Season 2)
- Jordan Dean as Jake Nelson (Season 2)
- Allie McCulloch as Rebecca Pilgrim † (Season 2)
- Zell Steele Morrow as Michael Pilgrim (Season 2)
- Henry Boshart as Lemuel Pilgrim (Season 2)
In January 2016, it was reported that Netflix was in very early development on a Daredevil spinoff series, featuring Jon Bernthal as the Punisher. The next month, Marvel Television's Executive Vice President Jeph Loeb said "I think that's something that people are speculating on, as opposed to something that's actually happening" about a potential The Punisher spinoff. On April 29, 2016, Netflix officially announced and ordered the series.
The showrunner for the series was Steve Lightfoot, a producer on NBC's Hannibal. When he was first brought in to Marvel, he did not realize that Castle had appeared on Daredevil's second season. In an interview with EW, Lightfoot noted:
When I came in to meet about this show, I hadn’t realized that they had done that Daredevil season 2, so Marvel showed me that show. The real starting point, for me, was watching the approach they had taken and what Jon had done with the part. And seeing his performance was when I got really excited about the prospect of doing the show, because I felt like it had a real mix of ferocity — he was genuinely scary — and this real humanity, where he moved me at the same time. I felt like there was a story about grief and how men build a very extreme version of that, and exploring that was what interested me.
Following the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting, the promotional panels of the first season of The Punisher at New York Comic Con and at Cirque d'hiver were canceled. Additionally, the release date of the season was postponed.
On February 18, 2019, Netflix canceled The Punisher after two seasons.
In February 2019, Jeph Loeb wrote a letter to the fans of the canceled Marvel Netflix shows.
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