Netflix Orders Marvel’s ‘Punisher’ Spinoff

Punisher

Even before the Punisher made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the second season of Daredevil, rumors abounded about the possibility of a Punisher spinoff. He’s a popular character to begin with, after all, and Jon Bernthal couldn’t be a better choice to play him. Then the character actually appeared on the show, and proved to be everything fans had hoped for. The calls for a Punisher spinoff only got louder. And now, Marvel is finally ready to make its move.

A Punisher spinoff has reportedly been ordered by Marvel, with Bernthal set to return as the vigilante character. Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal) will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner. Read More »

Daredevil Season 2

The first season of Daredevil had a damn good villain in Wilson Fisk — one of the best in the MCU, along with Loki and Kilgrave. So how does the show top that in season 2? Well, by bringing on not one but two classic figures to antagonize our poor beleaguered devil of Hell’s Kitchen: a hardcore vigilante known as the Punisher, played by Jon Bernthal, and a dangerous former flame called Elektra, played by Elodie Yung.

The final trailer for Daredevil season 2 debuted earlier this week, but today Netflix served up another little taste of the trials and tribulations to come in the form of a new featurette. This one focuses on Daredevil and the Punisher, with Bernthal and Charlie Cox on hand to talk up their characters. Watch the Daredevil season 2 featurette after the jump.  Read More »

Daredevil Elektra

Netflix had two Marvel panels for the Television Critics Association, one for Jessica Jones and another for Daredevil. In between panels, Marvel Television Head Jeph Loeb spoke with reporters about the shows. Season two of Daredevil introduces Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) and there is already talk of Bernthal getting his own The Punisher series. There is still a second season of Jessica Jones and launches of Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders on the plate, but Loeb is open to spinning off Castle.

After the jump, read Loeb’s comments on a possible Punisher spinoff series — and learn more about what Daredevil‘s other major new character, Elektra, will be up to in season two.

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Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, began his presentation to the Television Critics Association with a bevy of announcements. Perhaps most important to Marvel fans, since a Punisher standalone series was already announced, was the news that Jessica Jones is getting a second season. Find out more details about Jessica Jones Season 2, the lead up to the Defenders and 11 new premiere dates announced by the streaming service.

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Arrow

What prop did Ryan Reynolds steal from the Deadpool set? Whose Punisher would win in a fight, Jon Bernthal‘s or Norman Reedus‘? What does Kevin Feige think of Ronda Rousey‘s Captain Marvel campaign? What does the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiere say about the MCU’s future? Which key character will Bruce finally meet on the next Gotham? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Want a first look at Jon Bernthal sporting the Punisher logo? Will the DC movies and shows ever cross over? Who else is getting dragged into the S.H.I.E.L.D. / Carter Dubsmash wars? What does Paul Bettany think of Jason Statham‘s superhero diss? Is Josh Brolin nervous about playing Thanos? What can Jeremy Irons say about Batman v Superman‘s Alfred? Are there new photos from the Flash and Arrow premieres? Who’s who in the Luke Cage cast? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Captain America: The First Avenger

How heavily armed is Jon Bernthal‘s Punisher? Where can you see the new Batmobile in person? Is a new JLA animated series in the works? What does Chris Evans think of Captain America‘s love life? How did Avengers: Age of Ultron shoot that Seoul car chase? How cute is Tom Holland‘s childhood Spidey suit? What’s Heroes Reborn‘s HRG been up to? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Marvel Studios TV shows

Even though audiences are very well acquainted with the Marvel cinematic universe at this point, the television side of Marvel Studios is still in its early stages. So far only Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter and Daredevil have hit this small screen, and while the first series left something to be desired, they’ve certainly gotten better with each new show. But what does the future of Marvel television have in store, and how will it effect the cinematic universe?

If some new rumors are to be believed, we’ll see plenty of new characters end up in Marvel Studios TV shows, and that includes the likes of Black Widow, Hawkeye, The Punisher, Blade, Ghost Rider and maybe even The Hulk. Find out more after the jump! Read More »

Wolverine ABCs
29-year-old Brooklyn-based graphic artist Sean Gordon Murphy created an alphabet using nothing but illustrations of the Marvel Comics’ X-Men character Wolverine. Check out a sample of the alphabet, after the jump.

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Rent It

PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Edition)
This is a movie in which a man literally punches through someone’s head. Another scene has a man being exploded mid-air by a rocket launcher. Moments like these are littered throughout Punisher: War Zone, which is a sequel/reboot that clearly has no intention of taking itself seriously. The downside though, is that in order to get these stunningly ludicrous (and yet completely badass) sequences, you’re also forced to trudge through some truly pitiful acting and dialogue. For some, this could very well add to the film’s appeal, giving it a cartoonish B-movie charm that earns it “so bad it’s good” status. And to some extent, I’d even agree with that assessment, but I also feel like there are one too many dull spots to warrant a full recommendation.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single-disc contains no extras, while the 2-Disc includes an audio commentary, making-of featurettes, and a digital copy of the film.

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