Ever since his debut in Daredevil Season 2, fans have been waiting for the return of Jon Bernthal’s rendition of The Punisher. Now, Marvel has released the first teaser, on the same day as the release of The Defenders.
The minute long teaser features a voiceover from Frank Castle, stating that the devil is coming for his due, all while swinging a sledge hammer, eventually making The Punisher symbol. Laced throughout the trailer are moments we’ve seen before in Daredevil, but a multitude of new flashbacks and scenes as well.
Daredevil delved into Castles military experience, using someone from it as a huge driving force for his hatred and having it explain his expertise in guns as well, and it looks like his stand-alone show will continue to bring up past horrors from his service. There are multiple scenes with Castle fighting U.S soldiers from back when he was in the army, and even one where he is being tied up and beaten by masked soldiers in camo as well.
Fans have questioned just what the storyline for The Punisher will be, as he killed the man he was looking for, The Blacksmith, last season. There are no real concrete answers, and considering this spin-off wasn’t even originally planned that isn’t surprising.
One thing that is guaranteed is that the show will be as bloody and violent as the character’s scenes were during his Daredevil run. A lot of this can be contributed to Bernthal’s understanding of The Punisher character, as he went over in a recent interview with Moviefone.
“It’s an interesting predicament. To put [the Punisher] as the central character is interesting, I think that my big struggle with him is that one of my biggest kind of things that I’m always fighting for on set is, I always want to preserve the essence of Frank, and have the right and be bold enough to really turn my back on the audience, and not do things to win the audience’s favor, but rather stay true to the character and the essence of who he is.
“So I think that’s the real challenge: being bold enough to not make him too heroic, at least ‘heroic,’ is important to me. That being said, I think there’s Frank Castle inside of everybody, I think being a father and being a husband, he’s a character that I deeply empathize with.”
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