While many people spent the weekend binge-watching Netflix's latest Marvel series, "Luke Cage," Marvel Television's New York-based studio started production on its next project. Along with announcing the start of production, set photos of "The Punisher" have started to appear online via JustJared and Coming Soon.
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Jon Bernthal, reprising his role from the second season of Netflix's "Daredevil" has been spotted on set wearing a hoodie and a scruffy beard. His look closely resembles Punisher from the ninth volume of his self-titled ongoing Marvel Comics series, written by Greg Rucka and drawn by Marco Checchetto. Characters from that series have already appeared in other parts of the Netflix corner of the MCU, such as Detective Oscar Clemens, who investigated Killgrave in the first season of "Jessica Jones".
By the end of his time on "Daredevil", Frank Castle was starting to establish himself as Marvel's deadliest vigilante, complete with a familiar look and armory, not to mention a mysterious CD labeled "micro," most likely is an allusion to Frank Castle's longtime sidekick from the comics, Microchip, though casting has not yet been announced. The only officially confirmed casting, besides Bernthal, is Ben Barnes ("Prince Caspian") as Bobby Saint, a character who also appeared in the 2004 "Punisher" movie.
"Punisher" doesn't yet have a release date, but is rumored to come out some time in 2017. Bernthal also is believed to be involved with the upcoming Netflix crossover series "The Defenders", also in 2017.