So far, so good. That's the gist that we're getting from how Netflix views its partnership with Marvel. In fact, it might be so far, so great. The first produced series in their joint deal, Daredevil, was a hit with both critics and audiences alike. While Netflix audience numbers are somewhat harder to quantify than standard network or cable ratings, Variety revealed back in April when Daredevil debuted that a solid 10.7% of the streaming service's subscribers watched at least one episode in its first 11 days on the platform.
At the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour today, Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos implied that the partnership might be expanding even further. We already know that Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron FistIron Fistare all leading up to a Defenders series, but with the announcement that Jon Bernthal had been cast as fan-favorite Frank Castle/Punisher for Daredevil Season 2, suddenly a lot of fans were wondering if a spin-off series could happen.
Sarandos confirmed today that yes, it is indeed possible - in the Marvel universe, anyone is up for grabs. "It is possible, for sure," he agreed. "That's the beauty of the Marvel universe." He also pointed out that it may not be solely limited to a series: "Any of them could spin out into films, too."
Frank Castle is a complex character, but one that fans have been clamoring to see again on screen for quite some time. The last time we saw a live-action castle was all the way back in 2008 with Punisher: War Zone. But with Netflix giving Marvel an opportunity to explore some of its characters possibly too dark for the big screen MCU, greenlighting a Punisher series just makes sense.