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(Warning - potential SPOILERS for Daredevil Season 2 are very much to be found below. As Taylor Swift so wisely warned: "Don't say I didn't say I didn't warn ya"...)

Now, with the recent reveal that the Punisher (as played by Jon Bernthal) is both set to feature in the upcoming second season of Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil, and to play a major role within the series, all eyes are inevitably on the set, eagerly trying to work out just what that role will be.

The two have, of course, tangled on multiple occasions in the comic books, though - so is it possible that the pair'll square off against one another in a fashion decidedly similar to the comics?

Well, if so, there's one distinctly disturbing scene that could make for exactly the sort of shocking, moral debate-raising scene that the first season of Daredevil was filled with.

The big question, then?

Is THIS Horrifying Comic Book Scene Coming to Marvel's Daredevil?

Specifically, this one from the Garth Ennis-penned and Steve Dillon-pencilled Punisher #3, from way back in 2001.

Y'see, in it, Daredevil confronts he Punisher as the vigilante is about to assassinate a senior mob figure, Dino Gnucci, arguing that Castle has a choice - that he doesn't have to kill to restore justice.

From there, things escalate rapidly, as these things so often do when superheroes are involved, with the pair duking it out, and the far-more-superpowered Daredevil winning out...

...until, that is, the Punisher activates a cunningly-hidden ultrasonic device, immobilizing Daredevil...

...who then wakes up to a choice strikingly similar to that which he had been telling the Punisher that he himself had:

Specifically, this one:

If Daredevil kills the Punisher, he saves a guilty man's life, but only does so by becoming a killer himself. If he doesn't, then he's essentially responsible for whatever action - in this case, a murderous one - the Punisher takes.

As the Punisher sees it, that's exactly the choice he's having to make every day - between killing those who will kill again, and standing by and becoming complicit in their subsequent actions.

For Daredevil, however, the choice is a heartbreaking one - but one he ultimately makes...

...only to discover that the gun wasn't loaded, and then be forced to watch the Punisher mow down Gnucci all the same.

Which is...horrifyingly bleak - but also exactly the sort of complex, emotionally resonant explanation of the Punisher's reasoning that the show will almost certainly need if it's to avoid the anti-hero being little more than the wish-fulfillment fantasy he so often is.

In other words? Don't be too surprised if a scene strikingly similar to that ends up in Daredevil's second season. Personally, I'm guessing around about episode 6...

What do you think, though?

via Marvel


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