Why is The Punisher being cancelled on Netflix?

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The Punisher was cancelled, but why is Netflix saying goodbye? Pic credit: Netflix

The cancellation of The Punisher may have come as a shock for many viewers, but the news of Marvel shows being removed from the streaming giant was actually revealed back in mid-2017.

The reason why Netflix will no longer be showing The Punisher, and other Marvel shows, has to do with the Marvel purge that Netflix started last year. It comes after Disney revealed plans to launch its own Disney+ streaming service, where fans will likely be able to find these shows.

In 2017, it was revealed that Disney movies and series, including those from Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar, will no longer be available on Netflix by the end of 2019.

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At the time, Disney chief Bob Iger made reference to Disney becoming more “aggressive” when it comes to streaming. Needless to say, viewers have been both angry and disappointed with the news that The Punisher won’t be coming back for the third season on Netflix.


The first season of The Punisher premiered on Netflix on November 17, 2017, and the second season premiered on January 18, 2019.

The show, which features Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, has a large following. Given the success of the show, it’s possible that The Punisher will come back in one way or another.

“It was an absolute honor to play him, and I know that there will be more Frank Castle one way or the other, and no matter what it is, everything that I’ve gotten to do so far I’m eternally grateful for. I’m honored that I got to wear the vest,” Bernthal previously revealed about the cancellation.

Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb also recently teased in an open letter that just because Netflix is cutting ties with the Marvel shows doesn’t mean that the shows are done for good.

The Punisher is currently streaming on Netflix, but the show will be removed before the year is over.

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