'The Punisher' rumors: Stand-alone series is a no go

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With the second season of “Daredevil” coming to Netflix, there have been rumors about a “Punisher” spin-off in the works. However, Jeph Loeb, Marvel Television’s Executive Vice President, has put that rumor to the grave.

When asked about the possible stand-alone series, Loeb shared with the media, as mentioned by Digital Spy, “I think that’s something that people are speculating on, as opposed to something that’s actually happening.” 

Loeb continued, “It’s certainly our hope that any of our characters will be embraced and that people want to see more of them.” 

Season 2 of the critically acclaimed “Daredevil” is up for release on March 18, with strong teasers of Frank Castle aka The Punisher, who will be played by actor Jon Bernthal. Bernthal is best remembered for his role as Shane Walsh in “The Walking Dead,” the ever popular anti-hero best friend of the main character.

As many comic book fans know, Frank Castle is a Marvel hero who usually deals with criminals using guns and tactics, often ending with a bloody trail of victims in his wake, thus the title “The Punisher.” Additionally, it is well known that Daredevil and The Punisher often bump heads since they differ in the killing aspect when they take on their respective vigilante roles, the former tied to a none-killing pact that he decided himself, and the latter … not so much.

Despite their disagreements, the two have often teamed up in the comic book series, which many fans are hoping to see in the upcoming season 2.

As of now, plans for a series focusing on Frank Castle has been denied but, perhaps, if fan reaction toward the character is high enough and the demand is able to reach the ears of developers, maybe along the road, the series titled “The Punisher” could become a reality.