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Which superhero movie and TV show made the chart of top Google trends in 2017? Which comic book movie was entered into the National Film Registry this year? Is Colton Haynes returning to Arrow as Arsenal this season? Who is Krys Marshall playing in this season of Supergirl? Could Spider-Gwen make her live-action debut on Agents of SHIELD? What are the top comic book storylines of 2017? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

The Punisher featurette

The Punisher, the latest Marvel show from Netflix, is now available to stream in all its body-count laden glory. If you somehow forgot about the show (it debuted weeks ago), Netflix has just cut a handy-dandy behind-the-scenes featurette that delves into the making of the show and its somewhat complicated conspiracy plotline. On top of that, Netflix has officially renewed the show for a second season. The Punisher season 2 news and featurette are both below.

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The Punisher Spoiler Review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: the second season Netflix’s latest Marvel series, The Punisher.)

Why is The Punisher so hard to get right? First appearing in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man in 1974, Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, was birthed from the same two-fisted pulp sensibilities that created angry, well-armed lone nuts like Charles Bronson’s Paul Kersey in Death Wish and Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry. He was less a human being and more of a walking armory; an emotionally stunted anti-hero brandishing killer phallic symbols, living and dying by his own morally compromised code. There’s plenty of entertainment there, but there’s not a lot of substance.

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The Punisher showrunner interview

The Punisher is finally here to punish those who escaped justice. After crossing paths with Daredevil, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) now has his own series. He’s trying to keep a low profile, growing a bushy beard and working construction, but he can’t seem to stay away from violence.

Steve Lightfoot created Punisher series, but his career includes producing gigs on Hannibal, Narcos and The Crimson Petal and the White. Lightfoot spoke with /Film by phone this week about the latest Marvel Netflix show, which arrives on November 17, 2017.

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punisher trailer

Marvel and Netflix are together again for The Punisher, the latest in their ever-expanding TV saga that exists on the fringes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This time, the focus is on Jon Bernthal’s heavily-armed vigilante Frank Castle, aka the Punisher, introduced in Daredevil season 2. While many films have tried to bring the Marvel comic book character to life, none of them have ever hit the mark. Can the Netflix Punisher succeed where the films failed? 

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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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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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How did a certain cameo in Thor: Ragnarok come together? What’s in store for Justice League Day on November 18? Who is playing Brainiac on SyFy’s Krypton series? Did you know The Revengers are a real superhero team in Marvel Comics? How much is Thor: Ragnarok on track to make this weekend? What did Jason Momoa name Aquaman‘s trident? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »