Note, mild Captain America: The Winter Soldier SPOILERS below:
When it comes to Marvel heroes, they don't come much darker than The Punisher. The man known to his (few) friends as Frank Castle has put the anti- so firmly into anti-hero that it's practically sticking out the other side. After all, his mission is to punish (read: kill) pretty much any criminal he sees. When it comes to the vaguely superheroic spectrum, he's further towards the dark side than even Wolverine - and pretty much the polar opposite of Captain America.
And yet, from the sounds of it, he might just have appeared in a major Marvel movie - and saved the life of that self-same Star-Spangled Avenger, Captain America?
Well, it all comes from recent comments made by Captain America: The Winter Soldier's directing duo, Antony and Joe Russo, while speaking to ComingSoon.
Remember how, when Nick Fury is being attacked in the street, he's able to escape after a yellow Penske truck plows into the guys chasing him?
And remember how, later, Agent Sitwell is thrown into traffic and hit by - you guessed it - a Penske truck?
Well, according to the Russo brothers, that's the same Penske truck both times. And what's more, according to Joe Russo:
The man who drives that truck...Is very highly trained. He thinks on his own terms. He's got a plan and a very specific skill set.
That was totally The Punisher!
Or, alternatively, a random vigilante. But, seeing as Marvel has only recently regained the rights to Frank Castle, it very much seems as though the directors have decided to lay a distinctly fan-friendly new Easter-egg on us.
That being said, the last two times we though we saw The Punisher in cameo form, it didn't end up amounting to much, so perhaps we should take the whole thing with a grain of salt.
After all, this scene from 2013's Iron Man 3, which seemingly teased Castle's chest logo in the background...
...instead turned out to be a fragment of some concept art by Czech artist Ales “Bask” Hostomsky:
And don't even get us here at Moviepilot started on this cameo from 2004's Spider-Man 2...
After all, even though that's definitely Thomas Jane, who played the character in the same year's The Punisher, and he's clearly playing Frank Castle, the actor promptly left the franchise (somewhat unwillingly, by all accounts) and the series took a Punisher: War Zone-shaped commercial nose dive.
Which might just mean we should hope that the Easter egg in Cap 2 isn't an Easter egg at all - and is, in fact, a weird reference to Liam Neeson's Taken.
Who knows? We might actually stand a better chance of seeing a Punisher standalone movie that way...
What do you guys think? Was The Punisher driving that truck?
via Coming Soon