Netflix Responds to “Punisher” Spinoff Potential; Open to Idea for “Any Character”

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Netflix Responds to “Punisher” Spinoff Potential; Open to Idea for “Any Character”

In light of a recent rumor that posits Netflix and Marvel are working on a “Punisher” spinoff starring “Daredevil” Season 2’s Jon Bernthal, Netflix has responded to the character’s spinoff potential, saying they’re open to the idea for a Frank Castle series, along with any character that makes a splash in the TV universe.

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Speaking to reporters at the TCA Press tour on Sunday (via Entertainment Weekly), Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos said that “any character that’s in [the Marvel Netflix series] is on the table…It’s always possible. All the characters in the universe could also spin out.”

Sarandos went on to describe how the production value has been high on all the Marvel series thus far, and indicated that Netflix wants to continue to produce the Marvel shows at the same level of quality: “Right now, these are produced at the scale of a major film, so there are long production times and long post times. In some case, when we have character crossover, it makes it more difficult to manage production. It’s not the goal to put out more than one or two out a year.”

The “Punisher” spinoff rumors stem from Netflix and Marvel’s positive reaction to Bernthal’s portrayal of the character. While nobody is giving a definitive answer, EW says sources tell them movement is being made on the “Punisher” spinoff, and Netflix is currently looking for a showrunner.

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Also at the “Daredevil” TCA panel, executive producer Douglas Petrie discussed Punisher and Elektra’s anti-hero roles in the second season of the series, saying “…the reason that these two are the perfect choices for right now in ‘What is it to be a hero?’ is that Frank Castle comes and really stirs the pot and, like, ‘Oh, you’re going to do this? I’m going to do this too. I’m not that different. You’re not superior. There’s a little difference between us.’  And that little difference is an enormous moral chasm that is kind of the engine for the season, that and Elektra’s differences as well.”

“Daredevil” Season 2 will be available on March 18 for instant streaming on Netflix.