The brand new trailer for Netflix's new Marvel series, The Punisher has just dropped, and a lot of fans are excited —to say the least —for what's to come. Jon Bernthal shined in the role during the second season of Daredevil, which led to a green light for his own spinoff show, and we've been crossing our fingers ever since that what made Bernthal so menacingly urgent will bleed over into this standalone series.
However, one fatal flaw in the trailer could change everything we have learned about the Punisher back in Daredevil. In both the show and the comics, Frank Castle's family is gunned down by a gang in Central Park after being caught in the crossfire.
However, by the looks of the trailer, the show might be changing up that story just a bit. If you haven't seen the trailer, check it out below.
Straight out of the gate, we see Castle in the moment he loses his family, as his wife walked into the room before turning around to be shot point blank in the face.
If this is really what it looks to be, then Marvel and Netflix would have completely retconned the Punisher's origin story, which basically means that they changed it up from what it was originally meant to be.
However, this doesn't necessarily sound like something that Marvel would do. For most of their characters, especially the ones they feature on Netflix, the heroes (or antiheroes) are cut from a pretty similar cloth as the source material.
It could be possible that instead of a retcon, this image was used to throw viewers off into thinking that it is how Castle's family is murdered. However, this would just turn out to be a dream sequence. This has been done before to show how a hero deals with some sort of trauma, such as having his family murdered in front of him.
Most frequently this strategy is used with superheroes like Batman, whose memories of his parents' murder are one of his tragic flaws. But a better example of a death happening in a dream would be from 2013's The Wolverine, in which Logan dreams that he has killed Jean Grey again, which is something viewers come to learn is a trauma he is dealing with.
While a dream sequence would work better for Castle and his character development, the possibility of a retcon seems more likely given what we come to learn later in the trailer.
Castle goes on to talk in the trailer about how someone in a covert CIA operation was out to have him and his family killed, and that Homeland Security and the FBI are part of the conspiracy as well.
What this ends up doing is giving the show something to go off of, with Castle out for the people that had his family killed. The problem is that this would be nothing like what was given to fans in Daredevil Season 2, where his motives for that season were to take out the scum like the ones who killed his family.
As of right now, it is unclear as to whether or not the Punisher's origin story is being retconned for his own show. In all fairness, it would make sense for the retcon to happen, as it gives the show something to build off of. Instead of a massive war on gangs, Castle's problems are narrowed down to a story of revenge and redemption.
While the fans may not end up being the most excited about this change, it would give a fresh take on the character and make for some good TV. With recent shows like Iron Fist and The Inhumans, good TV and fleshed out characters are exactly what Marvel fans need right now.
The current release date for The Punisher is unknown, but is set to release later in 2017.
So what do you think? Do you think the origin of the Punisher is being retconned? Do you think this would be a good choice for the show? Sound off in the comments below!