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"That's your death; that's not theirs. You do this like this, you're... you're as good as dead already."
"It's who I am. Who I've always been."
Micro and Punisher[src]

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.

The first season was released on November 17, 2017. The second season was released on January 18, 2019.

On February 18, 2019, the series was canceled by Netflix.[1]

Season Synopses

Season One

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.

Season Two

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.


Starring Cast

Recurring Cast



In January 2016, it was reported that Netflix was in very early development on a Daredevil spinoff series, featuring Jon Bernthal as the Punisher.[2] The next month, Marvel Television head 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.[3] On April 29, 2016, Netflix officially announced and ordered the series.[4]

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.[5]

On October 3, 2016, the series started filming in New York City.[6] The working title of the series was "Crime".[7]

Following the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting, the promotional panels of the first season of The Punisher at New York Comic Con[8] and at Cirque d'hiver[9] were canceled. Additionally, the release date of the season was postponed.[10]

On February 18, 2019, Netflix canceled The Punisher after two seasons.[1]

In February 2019, Jeph Loeb wrote a letter to the fans of the canceled Marvel Netflix shows.[11]




Title Sequence


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