Additional images from The Punisher have been released, ahead of the Marvel/Netflix TV series’ premiere. Frank Castle has always been a controversial character in the comics. While a vigilante like many of Marvel’s other heroes, his M.O. means he walks a line few other characters on the side of good do. Even his creator has said he views the Punisher as a villain more than a hero. As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to craft its version of the character, that same sense of duality will be an important aspect of The Punisher TV series.
When we met Frank Castle in Daredevil season 2, he was only beginning to become The Punisher and was still mostly a soldier, broken by what happened to his family and walking a path of revenge and questionable decisions. The character served as a dark mirror for Matt Murdock on Daredevil, but will (naturally) serve as the protagonist of his own series. Suffice it to say, The Punisher will tell a story (that of a gun-toting serial killer) that is far from the conventional superhero narrative.
The Punisher Twitter account posted said new images from the show, spotlighting the cast of characters that will make up the story. The first of these images (see below) shows Frank looking ever bit the violent criminal/antihero that he is.
Following the action star shot of Frank, there’s a very different one of the character bearded and looking down-trodden as he speaks with Karen Page. She served as something of a conscience and audience-surrogate for Frank in Daredevil, and her addition to the story in The Punisher will likely help to humanize the title character. It will also allow for some pushback against his chosen lifestyle.
We also get an image of Frank doing recon alongside Micro. In the comics, he’s Frank’s tech specialist. In the show, he’s been reimagined as a whistleblower who has a similar mission as Frank. Rather than simply going after mobsters, The Punisher will see Frank and Micro attempt to take on military and government corruption. There’s no telling how effective this approach will be, but it will at least allow the narrative to go beyond the typical Punisher story.
The last image, meanwhile, shows off the serie’s main villain. Rawlins is Frank’s former commanding officer, and the puppeteer behind his downfall. He also looks like he’ll be combined with Marvel villain Jigsaw, given their similar disfigurations. Hopefully, Rawlins and the plot will allow The Punisher to go beyond glorifying gun violence and instead explore a more personal story about loss and pain.
The Punisher premieres Friday, November 17 on Netflix. Premiere dates for the new seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist have yet to be announced.
Source: The Punisher Twitter
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