Marvel and Netflix have released the first teaser for The Punisher, Jon Bernthal's spinoff. Ever since his initial casting, Bernthal was pegged to be the perfect Frank Castle, and he proved just as much once he debuted in Daredevil season 2. His tragic backstory helped make a ruthless killer sympathetic to a degree, but it was his moments of violence that stuck with viewers. Fans instantly demanded Punisher get his own show and Marvel and Netflix agreed that was the route to take.
Hannibal's Steve Lightfoot is serving as showrunner on The Punisher, with Deborah Ann Woll set to recur as Karen Page (building on her relationship with Frank in Daredevil). Woll and Bernthal are being joined by Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Micro), Amber Rose Revah (Dinah Madani), Michael Nathanson (Sam Stein), and more. With The Defenders now out, Marvel and Netflix have debuted the first teaser for their next series.
Marvel/Netflix attached the first Punisher teaser to the end of The Defenders (see the video above), offering fans their first look at Castle's solo series. With fans anxious to see more of Punisher's story since the beginning of 2016, the first trailer does not disappoint in reestablishing the anti-hero as a man on a mission of his own, doing whatever it takes to get the job done.
The teaser may be shorter and less brutal than some were hoping for, but still does a great job at establishing the tone the show is going for. With much of the trailer set to Castle making his logo in the concrete, there are flashes of what else the series will hold. Flashbacks to Frank's days in the military are on display, but glimpses of him punishing some of his enemies with a shotgun also fill out the trailer. Other quick flashes of scenes from the actual Punisher series likewise appear here.
Unfortunately, the teaser does not offer up any looks at the supporting cast of new characters or give further insight to what the plot of the spinoff will be. Barnes has previously teased that the show is about men suffering tragedy and trauma, and this theme should play out not only for Frank, but also many of the others on the series. With this being just the start of Punisher's marketing, future trailers should tease fans with more memorable moments that what has been shown before. Still, his is a good teaser to kick everything off.
The Defenders is now available on Netflix, with The Punisher arriving sometime this fall. Premiere dates for the new seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist have not yet been announced.