Killing Timers are ahead of the curve, as usual. As soon as we put up our poll last month asking who should be getting Marvel Netflix shows, Marvel was all over the issue. When voting began, The Punisher was dominating with as much as 83% of the vote, but then Marvel came up with a plan for Frank Castle. Marvel is describing season two of Dardevil as “Daredevil vs. Punisher”. We also know that Elektra will be added to the show, the Kingpin isn’t going to stay in that cell for long and the specter of Bullseye and the classic DD/Elektra/Kingpin/Bullseye saga looms. I can’t imagine that they can fit all of that into one season. Frank is problem enough, plus they also set up the Owl and the Gladiator. I hope the show-runners take their time like they did in season one and allow us to get to further know Matt, Foggy, Karen and Wilson while slowly layering on new participants to the war in Hell’s Kitchen. But, your request has already been answered. The Punisher is coming to the MCU.
Close behind the punisher were Moon Knight, Ghost Rider and The Winter Soldier for the second slot. I think of these three, Moon Knight is the best fit for the tone of Hell’s Kitchen. Marvel is hesitant to drop supernatural elements into their street-level, gritty corner of the universe. Dr. Strange will get that playground going next year. If Civil War goes as it does in the comics, Sebastian Stan is going to be very busy making movies, so as awesome as it would be, Winter Soldier looks off the table. What Marvel Films honcho Kevin Feige has said is that he wants more film characters to appear in these shows and that these shows are natural growing boxes for future film franchises. Look for a lot more crossover in character interaction as soon as Iron Fist and Luke Cage next year.
That being said, every candidate got votes with the exception of Silver Sable (what, no love for the Wild Pack?). DD was Marvel’s House of Cards. It set a standard. If Jessica Jones can engage people at that level, any of the characters we listed are fair game for Netflixation. Thanks for voting and look for this month’s poll soon!