Six months after production started on the Marvel Netflix superhero spin-off The Punisher, filming is still ongoing, with new set photos surfacing over the weekend that showcase a bruised and battered Jon Bernthal as the title character. While it remains to be seen how much more filming is need on the series, some of these images even show that, on the right side of his head, The Punisher has quite the nasty gash, which come just a few months after set photos that showcased Frank Castle stealing a cop car.
Getty debuted these photos over the weekend, which showed Jon Bernthal looking like he had just come from a fight, although no details were given about the scene he was shooting. Netflix has yet to announce when this series will debut, but it will most likely happen next year, with the streaming service already debuting Iron Fist last month, and The Defenders also expected to debut sometime this year. It's possible that Netflix could release The Punisher by the end of this year, but that will likely depend on how much filming remains.
There had been rumors that one of the new characters coming aboard for The Punisher spinoff is Microchip, which were recently confirmed. Ebon Moss-Bachrach has come aboard to play this character, now dubbed Micro, a former NSA analyst whose secrets may be of great value to Frank Castle and everyone around them. Amber Rose Revah also signed on to play Dinah Madani, a highly-trained sophisticated Homeland Security agent who is vexed by the Punisher. Ben Barnes plays Billy Russo, Frank's Castle's best friend from his days in the Special Forces, who runs a successful private military corporation called "Anvil."
With the set photos that show Karen Page is a part of this Punisher spin-off, many have wondered what other characters from the Marvel Netflix universe will show up. It hasn't been confirmed if any other Daredevil stars such as Charlie Cox or Elden Henson will make any appearances in this spin-off, but this whole MCU TV universe has never had a shortage of crossovers. Rosario Dawson's Night Nurse has appeared in Daredevil, Jessica Jones}, Luke Cage and the most recent series Iron Fist, which debuted on March 17.
Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal) will write the series' first two episodes in addition to serving as showrunner and Executive Producer. Jim Chory (Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage) will also serve as Executive Producer along with Jeph Loeb (Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage), Marvel's Head of Television. Marvel's The Punisher is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix. Take a look at the latest set photos below from The Punisher.