Back in early February, we learnt that Netflix’s licensing deal for Marvel’s Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Punisher, Iron Fist and The Defenders is ending. This means that the rights to these series are reverting back to Disney. What exactly does this mean for the former Netflix marvel shows, and specifically The Punisher? Read on for the details!
What is The Punisher About?
After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as the Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.
Why is The Punisher no longer on Netflix?
It’s not just you! As of March 01, 2022, The Punisher has been removed from Netflix globally. Not only has The Punisher left Netflix globally, but all of the series related to The Defenders, including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, will also be leaving the streaming service.
All of the Netflix Marvel series was co-produced between Netflix and ABC Studios, aka Disney. Netflix was granted the rights to these Marvel characters to create The Defenders series for their streaming service. We assume the original plan was that Disney would continue to extend the rights to Netflix for these characters in perpetuity, as at the time, Disney didn’t have a major streaming service.
Once Disney began working on Disney+, the relationship between Disney and Netflix began to decline. Disney is no longer licensing its content to Netflix and actively buying out of some contracts to gain early access. The Punisher is now apart of the house of mouse!
Disney has already begun to incorporate these characters into the MCU with Matt Murdock and Kingpin making appearances. It’s certainly an exciting time for Marvel fans!
When is The Punisher Coming To Disney Plus?
Disney has been very tightlipped on what exactly they have planned for The Punisher and the other The Defenders shows after they leave Netflix. Here is what we do know about the former Netflix Marvel shows!
When is The Punisher Coming to Disney Plus? (USA)
In the United States, Disney hasn’t announced any plans on where exactly we can expect to watch The Punisher after March 1st in the US. However, there are only two options; Hulu or Disney+.
Typically, any mature titles owned by Disney arrive on Hulu, and that’s been the case for other Marvel shows such as Hit–Monkey, MODOK, and more. Hulu does feel like the natural home for The Punisher based on the previous history; however, Disney recently announced they plan to add more general adult entertainment content to Disney+. Disney CEO Bob Chapek recently revealed that over 50% of Disney’s consumer base on Disney+ do not have kids meaning more general entertainment is needed to satisfy that market.
As Disney is now more open to adding mature titles to Disney+ in the United States, it’s possible The Punisher could arrive on Disney+. However, if Disney did add The Punisher to Disney+, that would undoubtedly be a considerable new direction for Disney+ in the US as the show is rated TV-MA.
We’ll be sure to update this article the moment Disney has confirmed what exactly is happening with The Punisher and the other former Netflix Marvel series.
UPDATE: Disney has confirmed that The Punisher and all of the former Netflix Marvel series are coming to Disney+ in the United States on March 16.
The Punisher Disney Plus Release Date? (Canada)
Good news! Disney has confirmed that The Punisher along with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders will be coming to Disney+ in Canada on March 16, 2022.
When is The Punisher Coming to Disney Plus? (UK)
At this time, Disney hasn’t announced if or when The Punisher will be coming to Disney+ in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Disney has already announced everything coming to Disney+ in March in the United Kingdom, and unfortunately, The Punisher and all the former Netflix Marvel series weren’t included.
As The Punisher is coming to Disney+ on March 16 in Canada, this date also seems like a safe bet for the UK. However, it’s worth mentioning again that Disney hasn’t confirmed a release date for The Punisher in the UK at this time. Stay tuned!
Update: Disney has confirmed that The Punisher and all of the former Netflix Marvel series are coming to Disney+ in the United Kingdom on March 16.
Is The Punisher Coming to Disney Plus? (Australia)
Disney has not announced if and when The Punisher will be coming to Disney+ in Australia and New Zealand. However, with Canada already setting a date, it seems like it’ll just be matter of time until they’re available down under. At the moment, our best guess is March 16, 2022, the same date the shows are arriving on Disney+ in Canada. Stay tuned for official details.
Update: Disney has confirmed that The Punisher and all of the former Netflix Marvel series are coming to Disney+ in Australia and New Zealand on March 16.
When is The Punisher Coming to Disney Plus? (International)
Disney has made no announcements for all other countries, including the UK, France, Spain, Italy and countless others. Stay tuned as we’ll update this article when Disney announces when The Punisher is coming to Disney+ in more countries.
The Punisher Stream Online Free
Come March 01, 2022, a Disney owned streaming service will be only place to watch The Punisher. This will mean either Hulu or Disney+ in the United States, and on Disney+ everywhere else internationally.