The second season of The Punisher arrived on Netflix yesterday, which means that fans of the Marvel series are now waiting with bated breath for the announcement that the streaming service has swung the axe on the show, much like it did with Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Daredevil last year.
Speaking to Variety, actor Jon Bernthal has acknowledged that things appear grim for his future as Frank Castle, although he feels he’ll be “at peace with it” if indeed we get word that the series has been cancelled.
“I know the reality of the situation and I’m at peace with it,” said Bernthal. “I really only worry about the things I can control. But in this business there’s so much we can’t control. Whatever is happening with these shows, these decisions are being made in rooms I’m not invited into and I’m OK with that.”
It’s been widely speculated that the plug has been pulled on Netflix’s Marvel series due to the upcoming launch of Disney+, and while the House of Mouse has hinted that there’s a “possibility” the shows could be revived on its own streaming platform at some point, one would have to assume The Punisher is about as far at the service’s “family friendly” plans as you can get.
Former marine-turned-vigilante Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) has been living a quiet life on the road until he suddenly becomes embroiled in the attempted murder of a young girl (Giorgia Whigham). As he is drawn into the mystery surrounding her and those in pursuit of the information she holds, Castle attracts a new target on his back as new and old enemies force him to confront whether he should accept his destiny and embrace a life as The Punisher.
The second season of The Punisher is streaming now on Netflix and sees Jon Bernthal returning as Frank Castle alongside Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani, Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle, Josh Stewart as John Pilgrim, Floriana Lima as Krista Dumont, Giorgia Whigham as Amy Bendix, Annette O’Toole as Eliza Schultz, and Corbin Bernsen as Anderson Schultz.