The landscape of Marvel's interconnected Netflix series just got bigger. Last year, we were introduced to Jon Bernthal's version of Frank Castle – better known as the trigger-happy Punisher – in Daredevil Season 2. Fan response to the character was universally enthusiastic. The natural next step is a solo series for Castle, focusing on the infamous antihero as he continues his personal vendetta against the criminal underworld.
While the existence of the show hasn't been secret, Netflix and Marvel have kept promotional materials as close to the chest as Castle keeps his skull emblem. Thankfully, that frustrating secrecy is no more. During the panel for The Defenders at #SDCC2017 we finally got our explosive first look at Marvel's The Punisher thanks to a clip.
The clip begins with #FrankCastle teaching his daughter to play guitar—no, seriously. But this is the Punisher, folks, so of course that moment was all in Frank's head. In reality, he's playing the instrument by himself. Right after that, the footage cuts to rural Alabama, where Frank is driving a truck with a picture of his family on the dashboard.
This isn't some retreat for him, though; the vigilante's chasing two members of the Dogs of Hell gang (remember the guys he blew up in #Daredevil Season 2, and the bikers Lorelei obliterated in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?). A car chase ensues, but Frank, being the master marksman he is, shoots them with a shotgun and in true Punisher fashion, backs up with his vehicle over the bikers—you know, just to make sure they didn't get up.
The clip then cuts to a party in Juarez, Mexico, where a party's happening. We follow a man through the crosshair of a rifle into a bedroom. He meets with two women, but Frank pulls the trigger and we see his head explode. The shot pulls back to reveal Frank made the shot all the way from El Paso, Texas, with a sniper rifle.
After that, we see a man named Mickey walking through JFK airport in New York while speaking over the phone. He goes into the men's bathroom and into a stall before he tells the person on the other line:
"I'm the last one? Well, it doesn't matter. I'll be there soon."
God knows what this guy did to piss off Frank Castle but he goes into Mickey's stall and closes the door behind him. Good ol' Punisher begins to strangle him as two other men enter the bathroom, and upon hearing the strange noises, suggest Frank and his victim get a room.
At the risk of sounding like an even bigger psychopath than Frank Castle, the clip seems to be beautiful. It captures the character's somber essence, and for all of you violence lovers, it also hints at the gore and brutality that comes with being a bloodthirsty vigilante.
But what about the character himself? Frank Castle is a hard individual to delve into. His psychological conflict and nuance need an actor who can capture them and bring them to life on screen. As always, #Marvel nailed the casting with #JonBernthal, because he understands what makes Frank tick, as he revealed during an interview with Awards Daily:
"For me, it's about the human being. He has no superpower. His superpower is his humanity. It's his drive, his rage, and his loss. I could never have played this part if I weren’t a husband or father. Until you really understand what it's like to love somebody more than yourself and to willingly give your life for them, only then can you understand what it would mean if they were taken from you."
That commitment and understanding of the antihero definitely shows in the clip. If I was excited before, this footage just got expectations go through the roof right now.
Thankfully, it won't be that long until we see this awesomeness unfold, because Marvel's #ThePunisher hits the small screen on November, 2017.
What did you think about the first clip for The Punisher? Let me know in the comments!
[Source: Awards Daily]