Throw on your dirty skull t-shirt and prepare to get excited, because the release date for The Punisher may have just been announced, and if true, then we might not have too long to wait. As spotted by Reddit user graeme12895, Total Film's recent spread about the show may have unveiled that The Punisher will be available to stream from Oct. 13. Bustle has reached out to Netflix for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.
Obviously, this is huge news. In the spirit of Frank Castle himself, Netflix have been extremely secretive with revealing any important details about the show. The first full-length trailer for The Punisher, for instance, was only released on Wednesday, after fans have been baiting for its arrival for what feels like a lifetime (but in reality, was just a few months.) And, teasingly, the release date for the show was scrambled at the end of it.
Whether or not Total Film knowingly, or accidentally, revealed this potential release date is unknown, but there's no denying that Friday, Oct. 13 is an incredibly interesting possible date for the shows premiere. As Castle told Matt Murdoch during Season 2 of Daredevil, "You're one bad day away from being me," and if folklore and superstition is to be believed, then Friday the 13th is the ultimate bad day you can find on the calendar.
The date would also make sense if you take into consideration that New York Comic-Con is taking place the week before Oct.13. The Punisher panel is on Saturday, Oct. 7, which would hype fans up perfectly in anticipation for the show's potential release six days later. It would also be a total Netflix and Marvel move to refrain from announcing the official release date for the show until that panel, if they even intended to at all.
Because, let's be honest, it would be even more badass of Netflix to simply make the show available to stream without a single announcement. Because all of us would likely drop our schedules at a moment's notice to marathon watch the whole damn thing as soon as it becomes available, with or without a legitimate idea of when to expect it.
With all of this in mind, it's also worth noting that the October schedule for Netflix's new releases has already been shared and The Punisher isn't part of it. This seems to imply either that Netflix is aiming for a surprise release, or that it simply isn't going to premiere in October. There ' also every chance in the world that for whatever reason, the date as reported by Total Film (a well-respected and reputable publication) simply might not be the actual release date.
The last thing to acknowledge is that there's already a major Netflix original show being released on Oct. 13, as David Fincher's Mindhunter is premiering that day. And it isn't usually Netflix's style to release two major programs with similar audiences at the exact same time. Because who needs the stress of having to choose between those two shows? Surely, Netflix, who knows all of our viewing habits intimately and embarrassingly well, knows better than to do that to us.
Though we all want to happily believe that The Punisher will be premiering as soon as Oct. 13, as Total Film suggested, it feels right to wait until Netflix confirms the date. It also feels right to trust in the streaming service to pull out the sort of stealthy, surprise announcement, or premiere, of the show in a manner befitting of a stealthy, surprising vigilante like Frank Castle.
But until we get the official word, or that show suddenly pops up on your Netflix feed, then we're best just getting back on with our lives and biding our time. One batch, two batch, penny and dime.