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It’s that time again, folks. No, not Indigenous Genocide Obfuscation Day, I mean the newest reason to binge a whole series in one night: Netflix’s The Punisher. The bloodiest corner of the Marvel Universe on film just gave the goriest hero that Marvel ever produced his own show! We were introduced to the Punisher, aka Frank Castle, in season two of Daredevil, and he was as grim and deadly as we could possibly hope. So much so that Netflix answered fan demands that they give him his own show.
As is the trend with these shows, the whole season dropped in the wee hours of the night last night, and we have all weekend to marinate in the bloodbath that this show promises. We know to expect that this show will deal heavily with his time in the US military and several huge gore fests that he took part in overseas while enlisted. Similar to the past-is-effecting-my-present trope that Arrow ran with for five years, that history in a far-off land will impact heavily on the current life that Castle leads. For people familiar with the book, we’ve been teased with appearances from canon of the Battle Van, Microchip, and Billy Russo, who in the books is villain Jigsaw, (who has nothing to do with the Saw movies, I swear!).
We don’t know tooooo much more about the show yet. Although fans are clamoring for appearances by Kingpin, Moon Knight, or Daredevil, there’s a good chance Micro and Jigsaw will be the limit. His trademark “skull-chest” outfit is in the show and done well, however. I for one am very amped to see how this one plays out. I used to read “Punisher: War Journals” as a teenager back in the 90s. Only back then they told the story with Castle being a Vietnam vet. After a weak Iron Fist, the Netflix Marvel Universe started to get its act back together on The Defenders. Let’s hope that momentum carries through and that this series takes us back near the greatness that Jessica Jones season one was.
You can check out all the action of season 1 now on Netflix!
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