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Everything You Need To Know About Netflix's Punisher So Far

Frank is back!
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It’s a shame that the name “Punisher” has come to refer to someone else here in the Philippines. But we won’t let that keep us from excitement for Netflix’s next Marvel series.

Frank Castle is back from his stint on the second season of Daredevil (in which actor Jon Bernthal proved to be the perfect casting decision) and as usual, it’s with a vengeance. The trailer opens with a montage of Castle’s family life: his wife and kids who would eventually be killed by people (likely the government) who are out to get him. So in good old-fashioned Punisher tradition, he gears up and sets out on a murderous rampage for retribution, to the tune of Metallica’s “One.

The trailer implies a CIA conspiracy and gives us a vague idea of the plot points. But the official production stills let us is on a little more:

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We can expect to learn about Frank Castle’s past in the military.


Daredevil’s Karen Page (played by Deborah Ann Woll) is back, apparently as a member of a trenchcoat-clad, talking-to-shady-strangers committee.


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Frank will be getting help from the Punisher’s perennial supporting character, Micro, who supplies the weapons and tech back-up.



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We may also get a subplot involving buddy-cop characters who look like they were purposely cast to represent every gender and ethnicity in America.



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It also looks like the season’s main villain will be Jigsaw (played by Ben Barnes, that guy from Westworld), and we’ll get to meet him before his face is brutally disfigured. Jigsaw was also the villain in the most recent Punisher movie: Punisher: War Zone.


And a couple of other characters will be thrown into the mix too.

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No release date has been set for Punisher. They’ve even stylized their promotional materials to omit the release date the way classified information is omitted from official documents. But from what we’re seeing, the next installment of Netflix’s end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a shoot-‘em-up series worth looking forward to, if only for the popcorn ultra-violence. Because hey, at least this Punisher is fictional.

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