Marvel Could Revive The Punisher Next Year After Netflix Agreement Expires
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It's been pretty dry since the Netflix show got cancelled, and there was reportedly an agreement between the world's largest streaming platform and Marvel that it would be left alone for 18 months to two years.
Well, now one of those years has elapsed, leaving Marvel free to start planning for what is going to happen.
There are rumours of a movie, and a return to the title role for Jon Bernthal. That would be exciting, wouldn't it?
This whole saga stems from the cancellation of the Netflix show in early 2019.
Several sources, including actor Royce Johnson, said that there was an agreement between the two companies to leave the franchise alone for a bit.
Speaking to Comicbook.com in 2019, Johnson said: "I mean, talking to [Marvel TV president] Jeph Loeb, I read that the memo had said, 'To be continued'.
"There is a clause that I heard through rumour that we have to wait 18 months, up to two years."
As for the cast, Johnson - who plays Detective Brett Mahoney in Daredevil and The Punisher - added: "Will we get the same people? We don't know that.
"I think they got together with a great team, I mean, with the writers, producers, editors, scorers, the stunt teams, everybody.
"I mean, we couldn't be more thankful with the crew we had, but it wasn't a Marvel issue [that the show got cancelled].
"Apparently, it was Netflix that said, 'We're not moving forward.' For whatever reason. I mean, I know these shows are costly with the CGI, and stunt guys, and special effects, and stuff.
"And that costs money, and maybe Netflix felt that they weren't gonna profit from it, and then this whole purge started, you know?
Johnson's co-star Amy Rutberg also weighed in, adding: "There is this very real contract with Netflix. I had heard 18 months, maybe it's two years. I suppose it's possible that Marvel could buy them out, but I have not heard so much as a whisper."
Anyway, despite the cancellation being a massive disappointment for fans of the show as well as the actors and crew involved, it may be that there are talks taking place behind closed doors to bring the series back once the agreement with Netflix expires.