The newest trailer for Season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil was dropped a few days ago and there is so much for fans to be excited for, including the return of the Devil from Hell's Kitchen to the small screen, the introduction of Marvel character Elektra, and even the anticipated of seeing if Wilson Fisk will be back for a bit part.
However, personally, I am most excited for the introduction of Marvel's most famous vigilante: Frank Castle a.k.a. The Punisher. The newest trailer that dropped is only part one of a two-part trailer and the first part hyped up the Punisher like crazy. The trailer appropriately showed the relationship and disagreement between Daredevil and Punisher, and Jon Bernthal looks like he can rise up as the defining actor to portray Frank Castle.
So, to honor the Marvel Cinematic Universe's long anticipated introduction to the Punisher, here are the 10 facts about Punisher that you probably did not know.
1. The Punisher's real name is not Frank Castle
Most fans know the Punisher by his name Frank Castle but what you might not know is that he was actually born with the name Francis Castiglione. While under this name, he studied to become a priest but soon realized that he was unable to forgive people for their sins. Filled with hatred and rage, he soon dropped his ambitions to join the priesthood and joined the Marine Corps to enter the Vietnam War.
2. The Punisher was originally an enemy of Spider-Man
The Punisher was first introduced in Amazing Spider-Man #129 where he was hired by supervillain Miles Warren a.k.a. The Jackal to assassinate Spider-Man for the murder of Spider-Man's archenemy, Norman Osborn. Punisher was described as a bloodthirsty vigilante who had no remorse ending the lives of small time crooks and gangsters which was something that most superheroes were strongly against. J. Jonah Jameson even once called Punisher the most newsworthy thing to happen to New York since Boss Tweed... whatever or whoever that is.
3. The Punisher once killed the entire Marvel Universe
Garth Ennis is known as a Punisher veteran who has written some of the greatest Punisher stories of all time including 'Welcome Back Frank,' 'PunisherMAX' and the fan favorite 'Punisher: Born.' However, before all that, Garth wrote a single comic one-shot called 'Punisher kills the Marvel Universe' that wasn't well received by both fans and critics. The one-shot was an alternate story that showed Frank Castle's family being killed in the middle of a brawl between the Avengers, X-Men, and assorted aliens. The superheroes are surprisingly unapologetic about this and Frank immediately executes a bunch of them including Cyclops, Hawkeye and Shadowcat.
Frank then goes on a rampage, killing a bunch of heroes and villains including Spider-Man, Venom, Doctor Doom, Wolverine, Captain America, Fantastic Four, and some others. After his rampage, Matt Murdock a.k.a. Daredevil tries to stop him one on one but gets killed in the process. Frank then turns the club on himself and ends the comic with his suicide.
4. The Punisher was originally going to be called 'The Assassin'
Back in the development process of the Punisher, creator Gerry Conway had the idea to call the character 'The Assassin.' However, Editorial decided that name was too negative and too evil a name for an antihero, so Marvel legend Stan Lee suggested the name 'Punisher' which was more well received. Stan Lee got that name because he used it for another early robot character that belonged to Galactus.
5. The Punisher was given plastic surgery to become black
During a run in prison, Punisher's archenemy Jigsaw cuts up Punisher's face really bad, so required medical attention. He wanted to be unrecognizable by his enemies so the doctor gave him the reverse Michael Jackson. The story was meant to show what minorities have to go through on a daily basis, this shows a lot when Frank is pulled over by police and treated very poorly. He soon also teamed up with Luke Cage because... he was the only other black superhero Marvel had at the time.
6. The Punisher was based on a character from a 1960s novel series
You're probably asking yourself; where did the writers and creators of Punisher get the idea for such a revenge driven vigilante? Well, from an old 1960s novel series called 'The Executioner' that followed a man named Matt Bolan who starts a one man war against the mafia after they caused the death of his family. Sound familiar? Fun fact: Both Matt Bolan and Frank Castle are both Vietnam veterans.
7. The Punisher was once resurrected from death to become an Angel of Death
This is what most Punisher fans called the lowest point for the skull-shirted vigilante. Yes, even lower than meeting Archie or turning into a Frankenstein monster. After committing suicide, Frank is resurrected as an angel with red eyes and a sigil on his forehead. He wields two spiked machine guns that shoot lasers that he uses to murder small time crooks and villains. Yep, Frank basically turned into God's personal hitman and it's about as dumb as you can imagine.
8. The Punisher is a fan of Captain America
Every Punisher fan knows that Frank Castle usually has a distaste for most superheroes because of their inability to get the job done. However, Punisher seems to have a bit of a soft spot for the shield-wielding solider, Captain America, who Frank actually believes to be a real hero. In the Civil War comics, the Punisher and Captain America are at odd ends when Punisher executes known criminals Goldbug and Plunderer. Captain America loses it and starts mercilessly beating Frank into a bloody mess. When Cap tells Frank to fight back, Frank only says one thing to Cap: "Not against you." After Civil War, Frank even made alterations to his costume in homage to his hero.