The war for justice is not over. Netflix has announced that hit series, Marvel's The Punisher, will return for a second season.
The television series based on the popular Marvel Comics hero premieres on Nov. 17. It received mixed reviews from viewers and critics but, apparently, it is enough to make a second season happen.
Netflix revealed the good news through a short video on social media.
The streaming service did not divulge an exact premiere date for The Punisher Season 2. Fans of the one-man army might have to wait a little longer before the next 13 episodes become available online.
Netflix has four other shows in the queue. The third season of Daredevil is currently filming in New York City and is expected to air by the latter half of the next year. Jessica Jones Season 2 just released a new trailer and Netflix already announced its March 2018 premiere date.
Luke Cage Season 2 and Iron Fist Season 2 are also in development. Both series might premiere in 2019.
If fans get lucky, they could be looking at a late 2019 premiere of The Punisher Season 2. Otherwise, the next installment of the comic book TV series might arrive in 2020.
Season 2 Villain
Moreover, Marvel already unveiled the villain of Season 2. To recall, the ending of Season 1 saw the vigilante battle his friend-turned-enemy, Billy Russo (Ben Barnes), a man who has fought wars with Castle. However, at the last minute, the Punisher decided not to kill Russo and destroyed his face instead.
According to comic book lore, Russo will take advantage of his deformity and will assume a new identity: Jigsaw. The character is perhaps the most popular villain of The Punisher comics. He also appeared on the big screen in Punisher: War Zone in 2008.
The Punisher showrunner Steve Lightfoot revealed that Russo's character arc on the television series is not over yet.
"I felt like we gave Billy a great trajectory of his own, which we're now only halfway through," he told EW. "If we come back to him, he's gonna be totally a different guy."
Frank Castle's Next Step
However, now that he has avenged the tragic death of his family twice, where is Frank Castle headed next? Lightfoot explained that the character has finally come to terms with his nature but he is not done with being the Punisher.
"[I]n the event of a Season 2, which I desperately want to do, we will very quickly find him a new war to fight," the screenwriter assured. "His nature will kick back in."