Those who made it to the end of the eight-episode Defenders series on Netflix over the weekend were rewarded with an extra treat: The first trailer for the next new series, The Punisher.

Spun off of Daredevil after Jon Bernthal received great reviews for his portrayal as the Marvel baddie, the first trailer for The Punisher paints a bleak picture.

“After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld,” reads a new synopsis from Netflix. “Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.”

Interestingly, the release date for The Punisher is blocked out in the trailer and publicity e-mails. All we can see is that the series will be out in 2017.

What’s ‘The Punisher’s’ release date?

With just four months remaining in the year, it sounds like The Punisher is coming pretty soon. Might Netflix pull a Beyoncé on us and drop the new series with no warning? It’s not like they need to promote it — we all know the five Marvel/Netflix series that precede it have received enough promotion.

When do you think ‘The Punisher’ release date is?

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