(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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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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After months of playing the waiting game, fans of The Punisher can finally discover the Marvel-Netflix series’ release date thanks to a new trailer that has been dropped.
The new The Punisher trailer is much more comprehensive than past promotional materials have been — this was perhaps the preview that was going to be revealed at the New York Comic-Con before the panel was cancelled in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting. While there were rumblings that the unofficial premiere of The Punisher — which was reported to be in October — was delayed in the aftermath of the shooting, Marvel did promise that the anticipated superhero series starring Jon Bernthal as the antihero vigilante would be released this year. And you only had to wait one more month.
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The Punisher may not always work alone in his upcoming Netflix series, which stars Jon Bernthal as the tortured comic book character. Another Marvel hero may appear in The Punisher, but as for which one, we probably won’t know until the show debuts. Let the speculation begin!
Below, read about which hero could show up and check out The Punisher episode titles.
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Posted on Monday, October 31st, 2016 by Angie Han
Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist were all confirmed for The Defenders before they were even cast, and happily it looks like some of their friends will be along for the ride as well. A new Defenders teaser announces that Daredevil‘s Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Luke Cage‘s Misty Knight (Simone Missick) are both slated to return. Watch it below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
Frank Castle is getting some company. As shooting gets underway in New York, Netflix’s The Punisher has added a few more names to its roster. Ebon Moss-Bachrach (HBO’s Girls) and Amber Rose Revah (Son of God) have joined Jon Bernthal the Marvel spinoff series, while new details have emerged on the character played by Ben Barnes (HBO’s Westworld). In addition, set photos reveal a certain Daredevil character will return for The Punisher.
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Posted on Monday, February 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Superheroes who swear to clean up their cities rarely really succeed, probably because if they actually did there’d be no more story to tell. But it sure is fun to watch them try. After putting an end to Wilson Fisk’s reign of terror in season 1, Daredevil will face a possibly even more terrifying adversary in season 2: the Punisher, played by Jon Bernthal.
The new Daredevil season 2 trailer offers a little taste of what Hell’s Kitchen’s newest vigilante has in store for our hero, and it doesn’t look pretty. Despite the fact that they have the same nominal goal — protect Hell’s Kitchen — the Punisher seems to have no use at all for Daredevil, whom he sneeringly dismisses as a “half measure” and a “coward.” And when you get on the Punisher’s bad side, horrible, painful things plan to happen. Read More »
We’ve seen the first five episodes of Marvel’s new Netflix television series Daredevil and very much enjoyed it. Instead of giving you a review (heck, you’re going to binge watch it over the weekend, right?) I thought we’d list ten things we were surprised to learn about the Netflix Daredevil TV series.
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Netflix’s first Marvel show, Daredevil, hits the platform on April 10. The 13 episode season marks the start of a huge crossover event that will continue with AKA Jessica Jones, go into Luke Cage, then debut Iron Fist before ending in The Defenders. We may even see a second season of Daredevil in the middle there. It all depends on the success of the first season, but up ’til now, we haven’t see a lot from Daredevil.
We’ve seen stills. We’ve seen a cool teaser trailer. And now more Daredevil photos have come online, which focus less on Matt Murdock, played by Charlie Cox. These focus more on the side characters. Characters like Night Nurse, played by Rosario Dawson, Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) and most excitingly, a tease of Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin, played by Vincent D’Onofrio.
Below, see the latest Daredevil photos.
Update: There’s also a new “motion poster” featuring Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock. See that below.
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How much did Guardians of the Galaxy make on its first evening? Does James Gunn have deleted scenes held back from the film? Which actors have been added to Gotham and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? When is Lego Batman 3 coming out? Why are superhero movies so devoid of color these days? Which character traits are missing from Guardians of the Galaxy? Did a mega star actor walk around Comic-Con as Spider-Man? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »