Frank Castle is slated to return to the screen in a solo series sometime this year, but Netflix has been very cagey about the show's secrets. Earlier today, however, a new teaser for The Punisher hinted at when the show may drop.
As you can see above, the short clip gives an overview of The Punisher's ensemble cast. Familiar faces like Karen Page are shown in a montage sequence with newcomers like Ben Barnes' Billy Russo. However, it is the teaser's final slate that has fans buzzing.
The teaser ends with a quick flash of the show's premiere date - well, almost. The dates for The Punisher are shown in coded format as its month and day keep changing. In the past teaser, fans learned the show will be debuting in 2017, so the direct nod to the release's secret status has fans thinking an official announcement will come soon. However, some fans believe they have figured out when the series will most likely premiere.
In the past, one of the directors on The Punisher apparently spilled the show's premiere month. The director said Netflix was planning to release his episode in November, which means the rest of the show will go with it. Fans are thinking November makes perfect sense to debut The Punisher thanks to two special days.
If you are familiar with the Punisher, then you know the hero has a close ties with the armed forces. November 10th is the anniversary of the Marines. The following day (November 11th) is Veterans Day, so fans are thinking Netflix may roll the series out on November 10th before the holiday weekend ensues.
For now, fans will have to wait until Marvel Television makes an announcement about the show. Netflix is still riding on the heels of The Defenders, but the long-awaited crossover received a lukewarm reception. From what we've seen so far, The Punisher looks like it will be one of Netflix's most gritty shows to date, and audiences are hoping the series comes sooner rather than later.
The Punisher is based on the Marvel Comics character created by Gerry Conway, John Romita Sr., and Ross Andru, who debuted in Amazing Spider-Man #129 in 1974. Originally intended as a cautionary Spider-Man villain, the Punisher's relentless, hardline vigilante tactics resonated with certain fans and turned him into a cult favorite. He has since starred in several ongoing series from Marvel Comics and three previous live-action movies: one starring Dolph Lundgren in 1989, another starring Thomas Jane in 2004, and Punisher: War Zone starring Ray Stevenson in 2004.