Frank Castle is back. The first full trailer for The Punisher has debuted, giving us an extended look at what to expect from the vigilante’s reign of bloody vengeance. After three live-action movies that failed to get the attention the brutal vigilante deserved, he’s found his home on Netflix amongst Daredevil and the rest of The Defenders. The Punisher was given his own solo series after he made his appearance in Daredevil season 2. Jon Bernthal clearly made his mark on fans and studio executives alike with his performance, and Netflix have slowly been building up the anticipation for The Punisher ever since.
The trailer is the latest in a long line of promotional teases before the series’ release. We’ve seen posters revealing Castle’s allies and enemies, clips of him hunting down his victims, and a synopsis that gave us a taste of what to expect from the series. The Punisher will be uncovering an entirely new conspiracy that stretches further than just the criminals in New York. In fact, it will stretch all the way back into his military career and old allies that he’s worked with.
The new trailer gives us our first proper look at what The Punisher solo series will look like, and some of the new characters that will be appearing (as well as some familiar faces). And although the trailer is careful not to reveal the meat of the plot, it does reveal how the different pieces of the series will move together as Frank investigates this new conspiracy. There’s plenty that we haven’t seen yet, but we’ve broken down the key parts of the trailer.
The beginning of the trailer shows Frank and his family before they were murdered. We see him teaching his daughter to play guitar, alongside memories of his son and wife on the merry-go-round. These shots are tragically contrasted against Frank alone by himself. It then shows us the middle of a dream about his wife when they’re alone – that is, until a masked soldier enters the room and executes her. This dream combines the death of his family, with the military background that Frank has alongside the things he’s seen and done in his career. Since the mystery surrounding their deaths were wrapped up towards the end of Daredevil season 2, it’s time for Frank to move on. Although that doesn’t mean they’re not still driving him forward in his mission against crime. We’ll definitely be exploring more of Frank Castle’s personality and human side.
Frank won’t be alone in his crusade against this new conspiracy; he’ll be joined by Micro (Eben Moss-Bachrach) a character from the comics. His new ally mainly runs the technical support side of the Punisher’s missions, and in their brief interaction in the trailer, it seems like Micro is the one to suggest working as a team to take down their enemies: “You and me, we want the same thing. So work with me.” We recently found out that the show will include The Punisher’s Battle Van, it’s likely that Micro will be the one to help give him those upgrades. We also find out that he has no trouble with Frank Castle killing everyone they’re going up against.
The main conspiracy driving The Punisher to bring his brutal tactics will reach all the way back to Frank’s military career and those he used to work with. It seems like his family will still play a small role in this mystery, as Frank questions one soldier before quickly executing him. We also hear Frank tell us that he was part of a covert CIA operation and that the man in charge wants him dead. This man is a character from the comics called Rawlins, played by Paul Schulze. A video clip titled ‘Zubair Interrogation’ shows Rawlins torturing someone, presumably ‘Zubair’. We later find out that Homeland Security and the FBI are also part of this larger plot – all gunning for Frank.
Although Rawlins will be the man pulling the strings, Frank will be going up against his former friend, Billy Russo (Ben Barnes). We see him briefly in the trailer, walking away from an explosion in full villain mode, but comic fans will already be familiar with the 2D version of Billy Russo. The villain is also known by the name Jigsaw – a nickname he earns after the Punisher throws him through a pane of glass, cutting his face to shreds. This is the first time we’ve seen Barnes in the role, but not the first time we’ve seen the character in live-action, as Jigsaw was also the main villain in 2008’s Punisher: War Zone.
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