The Punisher reviews

Critics aren’t prone to sweeping statements, but it seems like The Punisher is on the receiving end of both kinds. The Marvel series starring Jon Bernthal as the gun-toting vigilante who was introduced in Daredevil season 2 is either the best MCU series released on Netflix…or the worst. Take your pick.

The only universally acknowledged elements of The Punisher seem to be the acclaimed performance by Bernthal and the ill timing of the series, which was delayed after the events of the Las Vegas mass shooting. Otherwise, critics seem to be shooting their opinions left and right, without much consensus on whether the series is actually good. Is it an ambitious, grounded TV show that tackles issues of psychological trauma in soldiers? Or is it a sluggish, overly long series with an hollow message?

Read some of the early reviews of The Punisher to find out.

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Mudbound theatrical release

Netflix has butted heads with theater owners ever since they started producing their own original films. A few of their films, like the Idris Elba drama Beasts of No Nation, have made it to limited theater screens in the past, and now another of their original movies, director Dee Rees‘ southern family epic Mudbound, will get a limited theatrical release next week. But will it also be ignored when the next batch of Oscar nominations roll around, or will this be enough to position the film as a possible awards contender?
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Ellen Page the Umbrella Academy

Ellen Page is bringing a new superhero team to Netflix. Gerard Way‘s graphic comic The Umbrella Academy is about to come to life as a series on the streaming service, with Page as one of the leads. The story is set in an alternate reality and focuses on a group of dysfunctional superheroes. The series will debut in 2018.

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Dark trailer

On the lookout for a new Netflix obsession? How about Dark, a new German series about disappearances, family drama and perhaps some time travel thrown in for good measure. A new, ominous Dark trailer has arrived to get its hooks into you ahead of the show’s Netflix debut.

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Stephen King Stranger Things

Stranger Things owes a lot to the work of Stephen King, so it’s only natural that King would have some thoughts on it. The Master of Horror took to his Twitter to share his thoughts on the brand new season, and it’s not the first time the prolific horror writer made his thoughts on the show known. See what Stephen King thought about Stranger Things 2 below.

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The Punisher clip

The Marvel Netflix shows have one key ingredient in common: hallway fights. Time and time again, be it DaredevilJessica Jones, Luke CageIron Fist, or even The Defenders, the heroes of Marvel’s Netflix universe find themselves brawling in hallways. And it seems the upcoming The Punisher is no different. A new Punisher clip teases at least one of possibly dozens of hallway fights that await us.

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Marvel netflix shows

If you enjoy watching Marvel shows on Netflix, you might want to sit down for this: in the future, new Marvel shows will air on Disney’s in-development streaming service, leaving Netflix in the dust. This is all part of a larger plan Disney has to compete with Netflix, which included their as-of-now dead deal to purchase a large chunk of 21st Century Fox. The bottom line: the era of Marvel Netflix shows is nearing an end.

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Stranger Things 3

You’ve likely binged through Stranger Things 2 at this point, right? Which means you’re probably already thinking about Stranger Things 3, the eventual third season of Netflix’s popular original series. While it’ll be a while before we get to Stranger Things season 3, series creators the Duffer Brothers are already dropping hints about what we can expect to see during our next visit to Hawkins.

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Christopher Nolan netflix

Ever the urbane chap, filmmaker Christopher Nolan buttoned up one his waistcoats, took a sip of tea, and proceeded to walk-back his anti-Netflix comments. The Dunkirk director had previously had harsh words towards the streaming giant but after a nice strong cup of PG Tips, the acclaimed director settled down a bit and sent Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos an apology. What a guy! Find out more about the Christopher Nolan Netflix apology below.

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The Magic Order

Mark Millar made history when he signed a deal to bring his Millarworld to Netflix. Now, Netflix won’t just be focused on original programming, they’ll have a hand in the publishing world as well. Today, Millar and Netflix have announced The Magic Order as the first comic book to be published as part of the Millarworld Netflix deal. The comic is described as “magic meets the mob.”

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