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Netflix Reveals Plans For More Marvel Shows, And Will The Defenders Be Joined By The Punisher?

During the San Diego Comic-Con 2016, Marvel introduced a lot by way of comics, movies, and TV shows, but there may have been nothing more exciting than the Netflix announcements. A number of new shows were previewed, and that includes The Defenders, which got fans on the edges of their seats, but there is so much more coming. Now, the COO of Netflix has commented on the future of Marvel shows and what surprises may be on the horizon.

Can you imagine The Punisher joining the cast of The Defenders?

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All of the teasers and information that came forth at Comic-Con last week were enough to get any Marvel fan thrilled for what is to come. Even with all that was revealed during the panels, though, Netflix is still talking and passing forth more for fans to get excited about.

Netflix COO Ted Sarandos recently spoke with IGN about the new Marvel series they have coming out and what the future may hold. Believe it or not, even with the series seemingly rolling out one after another, Sarandos wants Netflix to make their Marvel series faster.

Still, is it possible to make more than two shows a year?

“I doubt that we could produce at the quality that we produce and at that speed. But… we’re gonna try to make them quicker so we can get less downtime between them.”

While everyone is truly looking forward to everything that Marvel and Netflix have to offer, the true anticipation came through for The Defenders. Sarandos said that there is every right to get excited for the series as things are going to be big.

“The whole cast is being called on for ‘The Defenders’…which changes the production schedule for the other shows.”

Now, it’s possible that this could cause some delays and moving around for the production schedule of the other Marvel series on Netflix, as he stated. Having all of the characters coming together for one series means that they will be preoccupied and not working on solo series.

Considering Sarandos said the “whole cast” would be working on The Defenders, it brings about IGN questioning if that also means The Punisher will be involved. Not much information was given by the COO of Netflix, but he didn’t ignore the question either.

“Uh… stay tuned!”

Jon Bernthal has played the role of Frank Castle/The Punisher in the Daredevil series and back in April, Entertainment Weekly revealed that a spinoff of The Punisher had been ordered by Netflix. Once that hits, it will make six Marvel shows on the streaming giant.

There is no word on when this spinoff would actually begin filming or when it will officially be released on Netflix.

Looking at the current schedule, this is how things are set to roll on Netflix with the Marvel schedule.

  • Luke Cage – Releasing on Sept. 30
  • Iron Fist – Early to mid-2017
  • The Defenders – Mid to late 2017
  • Jessica Jones season 2 – Following after
  • Daredevil season 3 – Following after

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While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is booming and the TV universe is doing well, the streaming world of Marvel is growing and thriving. It may be only a matter of time until there is more interconnectivity between all of them.

There is still no definitive word on The Punisher (Bernthal) joining up with The Defenders or even appearing on the show, but the chance is certainly there. Netflix has already done some amazing things for Marvel TV series, and they are only going to keep the momentum going with Luke Cage and Iron Fist, which are coming soon. The long-term future appears very bright and extremely exciting for fans.

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