Gun-toting antihero Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, made a blood-spattered splash on Marvel’s cinematic universe wit the first season of his live-action series on Netflix, and earned himself a second-season renewal less than a month after the premiere of his first solo story arc. There’s still no word on when season 2 ofThe Punisher will debut on Netflix, but we do have a few more casting announcements for the show’s next batch of episodes.
Set to bring back Jon Bernthal as the titular former Marine who becomes a one-man war against crime, the second season ofThe Punisheris also expected to feature the return ofEben Moss-Bachrach as ex-National Security Agency agent Micro, and Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, who also appears in the Daredevil series on Netflix. Also expected to return from season 1 are cast members Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, and Jason R. Moore.
Here’s everything we know aboutThe Punisher season 2 so far.
A pair of high-profile casting announcements for the show’s second season were made in May, with Academy Award nomineeAnnette O’Toole (Halt and Catch Fire,A Mighty Wind) and two-time Golden Globe nominee Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law,American Gods) joining the series in season 2.
Bernsen (pictured above) will portray Anderson Schultz, a character described as “an extremely wealthy man who’s grown accustomed to getting his way. His power and legacy are of prime importance, and he’ll implement less-than-legal means to further those ends.”
As for O’Toole, she’ll playEliza Schultz, the wife of Bernsen’s character, who’s described as “a conniving, wealthy woman, cut from the same manipulative cloth as her husband, Anderson.”
Given the official descriptions of their characters, it would seem as if the couple might find themselves on the wrong side of Frank Castle’s war against crime — which is never a good place to be.
No stranger to popular series based on comic book characters, O’Toole portrayed Martha Kent — the adoptive mother of Clark Kent (you know, Superman) — for ten seasons of the long-running seriesSmallville.
Back in December — less than a month after the Netflix debut of The Punisher season 1 — we received official confirmation that the series will be getting a second season.
The news was broken on social media by the official Twitter and Facebook accounts for The Punisher.
— The Punisher (@ThePunisher) December 12, 2017
As with these early teases, little was revealed other than the fact that season two was confirmed — there’s no word on when it’s expected to drop. The animated teaser provides zero clues as to where we might see the next arc takethe character.
On February 26, Marvel officially announced three new additions to the cast ofThe Punisher for season two. Firstly, Josh Stewart (Insidious: The Last Key) will play John Pilgrim, “a man whose calm exterior belies a ruthless interior.” Pilgrim isn’t a character in the comics, so we don’t really know what to expect from him.
Floriana Lima (Supergirl) also signed on; she’ll portray Krista Dumont, “a smart, compassionate, and driven psychotherapist for military veterans.” Finally, Giorgia Whigham (theScream TV series) will take on the role of Amy Bendix, “a street-smart grifter with a mysterious past.” Bendix is the only character among the three to appear in Marvel comics, though, as the daughter of Sheriff Harry Bendix.
The series stars Bernthal as Frank Castle, aka the Punisher, a former U.S. Marine who violently dispatches his enemies and criminals with tactical precision. The character originally debuted inseason 2 ofDaredevil, where audiences were first introduced to Castle’s vigilante quest aimed at avenging the deaths of his family members. The first season of his own series saw the antihero uncovering a bigger, much more sinister conspiracy that reached deep into the dark underbelly of the United States government and military.
The series’ inaugural season also starred Moss-Bachrach and Woll, with the latter character linkingThe Punisherto the rest of Netflix’s little corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
That corner includes the street-level heroes of The Defenders— Jessica Jones, Iron First, Luke Cage, and the aforementioned Daredevil — with whom the Punisher is at least loosely allied. Given that these characters all live in the same city and continually cross paths, a more concrete team-up isn’t out of the realm of possibility at some point.
The Punisher’s first 13-episode season garnered generally favorable reviews. Our own review praised the show as one of the most successful of Netflix’s comic book adaptations. If you have yet to watch it, or any other other Marvel series on Netflix, they’re available for streaming now.
Updated May 11 with two casting additions to the series.