If anything in the history of mankind has ever been successful at hiding easter eggs, it's the MCU. Heck, it hasn't even released 13 films yet, and here I am, writing about it in the middle of my Saturday afternoon. I swear, I do actually have friends...
These easter eggs have not only caused controversy between fans, but have made possible large parts of massive blogging communities such as this one. So, then, it should come as no surprise that (should you keep reading) you're in for about another 700 words on those very eggs.
The exact egg in question -- in case you didn't read the title -- is whether or not The Punisher has already made his appearance in the MCU. Without any further ado, let's get down to it.
It all starts (and, well, finishes) in Captain America's second cinematic misadventure: Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Despite already being filled to the brim with other enticing snippets of information, I'm going to ask you all to cast your minds back to the very beginning of the film, in which a car chase between Nick Fury and some fake, bloodthirsty police takes place.
For the sake of this post, I encourage you to watch this official teaser clip of the car chase scene attached below:
First off, I want to express how awesome that scene was in the actual film. I'm seriously looking forward to Joe and Anthony Russo taking the helm of Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 & 2 later this decade.
Secondly, I want you all to remember this specific part of that clip:
That yellow truck, despite belonging to a company called Pennske, is seemingly very heavily armored and does not take any damage from such a huge collision. What's more, it's exactly where Nick Fury needs it to be, exactly when he needs it to be there.
My claim? That the guy behind the wheel of that truck is indeed The Punisher, skull t-shirt and all. I'm not just about to say The Punisher is driving it and call it a day, though, not at all. As it turns out, I have plenty more information to go on.
This truck doesn't just 'conveniently appear' once in the film, no, instead, it appears twice. During the second car chase scene, involving Cap, his super-friends, and The Winter Soldier, this truck turns up again to crunch down on corrupt S.H.I.E.L.D. employee Jasper Sitwell. Check it out:
Once more, we find this suspicious and very yellow vehicle performing oddly violent but helpful deeds for our much loved superheros. Is this all starting to make sense?
Well, if the answer is no, I still have more info to back all this up with.
Despite having a differently colored trailer in the two appearances it makes, this truck (or, more accurately, its driver) was picked up on by the very co-director of the film. Joe Russo had this to say:
"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."
Does that not just scream Punisher to you?
If the answer is still no, I first want to tell you you're incredibly difficult to please, and secondly want to give you one last, final piece of evidence that just about solidifies this theory. Yeah, I have one.
In the actual Marvel comics, Nick Fury and The Punisher have a pretty friendly relationship. Deep down, they're very similar people. The plot of Captain America: the Winter Soldier begins and is very much centered around the one-eyed sharpshooter himself, so it is not completely implausible that the man who always has a plan would call on his friend in times of need.
But hey, that's all I've got. What do you guys think? Have we seen The Punisher already? Or have we seen someone else? Take the poll, and leave your thoughts in the comments! Until next time guys!