‘The Punisher’ Showrunner Explains Why ‘The Defenders’ Won’t Appear

Marvel The Punisher NetflixWhile The Punisher will be joined by Karen Page – his closest confidant during his first MCU appearance in Daredevil season two – for his standalone series, the vigilante’s costumed contemporaries will not be joining him in the latest Marvel and Netflix show. While that may be disappointing to some fans, Steve Lightfoot explained why Frank Castle will by working alone for his first solo mission during an interview with Syfy Wire.

Lightfoot explained that Marvel had planned for the series to avoid intersecting with The Defenders by the time he boarded the project:

I think it’s something that you need to talk to someone in Marvel about that because when I came in to take the show on, it was always very clear to me that they wanted it to sort of tell its own story and run on its own track and not really intersect with what was happening in The Defenders. That was part of the brief. I guess I could speculate on the reasons for that, but I think from what I understand the original concept for the four characters that became The Defenders was always the plan and the Punisher spun out of that. But very much certainly when I came in the brief was always that it was to be its own show and its own thing separate from that.

Are you disappointed to hear The Defenders will be sitting out of this mission or should The Punisher be the one and only vigilante for the first season of his own show? Share your thoughts below!

After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

The Punisher stars Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Amber Rose Revah, Deborah Ann Woll, Daniel Webber, Jason R. Moore, Paul Schulze, Jaime Ray Newman, Michael Nathanson.

The Punisher will debut on Netflix on November 17, 2017.

Source: Syfy Wire

7 Punisher Stories You Need To Read Before Marvel’s Netflix Series

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Now that the Punisher trailer has hit the general audience, it’s time for fans to read up on the character before it’s too late. Even though the Punisher has had two movies already, the upcoming Netflix series looks like it will be the definitive adaptation of the character. His morals may be too dark for some people, but at the end of the day, Frank Castle is a hero through-and-through. Whether you want to put him in jail or let him keep working, there’s no denying that he has taken down deadly criminals who put innocent lives in danger.

The Punisher has been a part of the Marvel Universe since 1974 and he has quite a few amazing stories to choose from. Sometimes he’s left alone in his own corner of the Marvel Universe, and sometimes he’s a fully integrated member of the Avengers. No matter where he is or who he is interacting with, the Punisher always means business.

Hit Next to learn more about seven essential Punisher stories you need to read before his 13-part Marvel series arrives on Netflix!

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