(Warning - mild SPOILERS for Season 2 of Daredevil - and in particular the Punisher's role - may lie below. Proceed with whatever level of caution seems wise...)
There aren't too many more beloved anti-heroes out there than Frank 'the Punisher' Castle - and with good reason. Having first appeared over forty years ago (back in 1974's The Amazing Spider-Man #129), Castle has long since proven himself to be exactly the sort of no-holds-barred, wish-fulfillment-tinged badass vigilante that the '70s seemingly demanded, and that's lost none of its commercial appeal in the decades since.
That, of course, is why there's so much excitement surrounding the imminent arrival of the Punisher (as played by Jon Bernthal) in Marvel Studios and Netflix's Daredevil - and from the looks of the handful of images that've recently emerged from the show's set, it's not set to be misplaced. Our latest look, y'see, suggests that:
The Punisher Is Set to Seriously Stick It to Crime
In fact, the images (brought to light by JustJared) actually tease, if anything, an even grittier and more down-to-earth take on the character than that we've typically seen in Marvel comic books. I mean, after all, feeding criminals to piranhas while wearing giant white skull on your chest is cool and all, but it's not exactly the most natural fit with the distinctly plausible world of Daredevil.
A very much ex-military-looking Frank Castle, kicking-butt and (from the looks of it) not bothering to take names, on the other hand?
Well, that's exactly the sort of realistic-ish variation on the character that would fit perfectly into the Daredevil we know and love...
And, then, when (by about Episode 8, perhaps?) Castle does find himself inclined to don the classic white skull top, we'll have all the more reason to cheer (and presumably to buy it as a natural part of his character's development)...
Or, y'know, the show'll open with him kicking the door down, and blowing a hole in a criminal's chest (while wearing the iconic suit).
Either way'd work...
What do you reckon, though?