The TV Critics Association press tour seems to bring with it a boon of information. As you may have read already, Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos revealed that we can expect a new Marvel/Netflix show every six months or so until the culmination in the "Defenders" series (via IGN).
“I think ideally there will be a rhythm of about every six months you’ll get a new season or a new series from the Defenders group. And then they’ll crossover into a combined [Defenders] season once we’ve launched the first season of each of the four characters.”
And regarding which series would get second seasons...it looks like it'll depend on the series. Some will have extra seasons, and some won't, depending on the content in their show. But how much room is there for expansion from within? We know that Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist will all be getting their own series, but what about other iconic characters that populate the MCU on the Netflix side? I'm talking mainly about the character of Frank Castle (aka The Punisher).
As we know, Jon Bernthal has been confirmed to take on the role of the iconic anti-hero in the season the "Daredevil" showrunner is calling "Daredevil vs. The Punisher," but is it possible we'll see Frank Castle headlining a series of his very own?
“It is possible for sure. That’s the beauty of the Marvel universe. Any of them could spin out into films too.”
This is both simultaneously heartening and disheartening. While it's great that Marvel and Netflix aren't willing to rule out any possibilities, I get the distinct feeling that they don't really have too many plans or ideas beyond what's coming next. Of course, in the grand scheme of things, that really shouldn't matter. If they keep putting out great product like "Daredevil," what does it matter what kind of foreshadowing they have for us readers on the news end of things, right? At the end of the day, the series will live and die by their quality.
It's also important to note that this quote from Sarandos seems to take away from a recent rumor that a "Thunderbolts" TV show is in development. If Marvel and Netflix barely know what they're doing with a character they have in a show already, how can they possibly start making plans for him in a greater capacity?
Of course, this is all assuming Sarandos is being honest about what he's saying. A lot can change if season two of "Daredevil" tanks it hard. For all we know, there could be plenty of discussion and development going on behind closed doors. But why say anything right now? What's the point of committing to the future of a character if he doesn't perform too well? The Punisher is, after all, a character that's had two shots at a live-action feature, and neither of those movies did much to boost the character's profile. Who's to say they'll manage to nail him this time around?
Would you be interested in The Punisher leading his own series? Even more interesting, would you be interested in seeing lead a squad of baddies in a "Thunderbolts" series? Let us know your thoughts below.