If you’ve been paying attention to Netflix you had to notice they are betting heavily on Marvel Comics characters. So far We have seen 2 Daredevil series, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Defenders. Now Netflix is promising to have The Punisher series on Netflix before the end of the year.
The Punisher, a.k.a Francis “Frank” Castle, is a Marvel Comics character created by writer Gerry Conway and artists John Romita Sr. and Ross Andru. The Punisher made his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #129.
The Punisher is a vigilante who employs all manner of brutality to get get crime off the street. He started his crusade against crime after his wife and two children were killed by the mob for witnessing a killing in New York City’s Central Park. Frank used his military training as a United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper to systematically and efficiently take out criminals. There is no grey area with the Punisher. You are either good or bad. If you’re bad, he usually ends up killing you.
The Punisher typically works alone. He does have a few select people that help him fight crime. Microchip assists him by building and supplying weapons and technology. Some police officers/detectives have been known to help when they can. Lynn Michaels was a police officer who teamed up with Punisher to take down a serial rapist and later quit the force to become a vigilante. Lt. Martin Soap was secretly allied with the Punisher and gave him information on his targets from the police database.
Jon Bernthal will be reprising his role as Punisher (from Daredevil season 2). For many this was a highlight to the whole season. Daredevil season 2 was the Netflix audience’s introduction to the character. If the writing for the Punisher series is as good as the writing for his character in the Daredevil series, Netflix will have another hit on their hands.