Update, Jan. 17: Netflix’s Ted Sarandos would not comment on reports of “The Punisher” spinoff Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., saying that the streaming service is sticking with the original five Marvel series. That same day during the TCA panel for “Daredevil,” the cast and producers — including Bernthal — were asked about the spinoff, but avoided the question with the producers responding, “That’s Marvel’s decision, not ours. We have the pleasure of introducing Frank Castle into this world.”
Though Bernthal’s character, also known as Frank Castle, has yet to make his debut on the current Netflix series, he will debut in “Daredevil’s” second season, which launches March 18.
Netflix and Marvel declined to comment on “The Punisher” spinoff, first reported by Variety‘s sister site TVLine.
“The Punisher” would mark Netflix’s sixth Marvel show, following Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” and the upcoming “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders.”
Netflix does not release usage numbers, but according to data revealed last year by Variety, “Daredevil” is one of the platform’s most popular shows with an estimated 10.7% of subscribers having watched at least one episode in its first 11 days on the streaming service. According to NBC’s presentation of Netflix numbers this past week, “Jessica Jones” averaged 4.8 million viewers in adults 18-49 during a 35-day viewing cycle, ranking as the most-viewed show for that time period.
Though Netflix declines to comment on numbers, the sources of data showcase Marvel’s success for the streaming service, making “The Punisher” a seamless addition to their programming slate.