The television side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to about to get some more firepower. After three movie adaptations and one fan-favorite appearance in Season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil, the Punisher is getting his own TV series, starring Jon Bernthal. Out of all the superhero projects currently in development, this has been a particularly exciting one, as geeks eagerly await to see how Marvel will tackle Frank Castle's solo journey to differentiate it from all of his other live-action adaptations.
As usual with Netflix's superhero ventures –– aside from two unofficially-released posters –– the streaming service is keeping tidbits from the show as close to its chest as possible. Fortunately, we have our first piece of promotional material for the series. With #SDCC2017 right around the corner, Marvel released (through Entertainment Weekly) a new poster for the Defenders, alongside our first poster for The Punisher:
'The Punisher' May Make The MCU A Whole Lot More Violent
That's one awesome poster, and all that blood tells us something important: The Punisher is about to bring a lot of violence to the MCU. The Netflix corner of the franchise allowed #Marvel to let loose and explore the violent nature of a street-level crimefighter, mainly with Jessica Jones and Daredevil.
The Punisher, however could blow those two out of the water in terms of bloody mature content. Now, we already know how violent #FrankCastle was in Daredevil Season 2, thanks to scenes like this little stomach-churner:
Here's the thing: That was just a taste. While Frank Castle offered a grittier and gory vibe to Daredevil, the show was still about Matt Murdock — and his tone, while dark, never reached Punisher-levels of craziness.
In comparison, the Punisher comic books show just how brutal our skull-sporting vigilante can get. The guy has no problem disemboweling a criminal if he's having a particularly bad day. Perhaps it won't go overboard, but hardcore fans are hoping for tons of vomit-inducing action. Castle will be moving around in his own playground, his territory, and the people behind the show will probably have more freedom to present him as unhinged and unfiltered as he is on the printed page.
There's some mystery surrounding the show's release date (it wasn't even on the poster) but it's rumored to come out on November 14, 2017. Hopefully we'll get confirmation during this year's San Diego Comic Con.
What do you think about our first official poster for The Punisher? Let me know in the comments!